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Level of Fitness

Difficulty levels are determined by distance, elevation gain, and terrain. For example, an easy trail would not have much elevation gain or would be a shorter distance. A hard trail would be longer, have a significant amount of elevation gain, or have some sort of terrain component that makes it challenging.

Each event will specify the difficulty level: Easy, Moderate, or Difficult. We expect participants to have a good level of fitness and there will be a challenge to suit everyone. It is your responsibility to contact us if you have any concerns regarding your level of fitness, health, or ability to complete a challenge. 

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People walking on a trail in a forest

Fitness training

Everybody is different so we cannot recommend a specific fitness programme. However, please remember the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the challenges. Do not underestimate the importance of training before your challenge.

If you are new to exercise, we encourage you to prepare for your challenge by gradually walking longer distances over a set period of time, and progressively incorporate some uphill terrain to improve your endurance. Even if you are active and exercise regularly, it’s a good idea to adapt your training to match the specifics of your chosen challenge.

Whatever training you decide to do, remember that consistency is key! 

There are lots of ways to incorporate more movement into your daily routine – for example:

Get up an hour earlier for a brisk walk before work, or walk to work where possible
Fit in a short walk or exercise during lunch breaks
Take the stairs instead of the lift
Up your fitness level by running, cycling, swimming, circuit training, enrolling in spin or HIIT classes
Walk and/or cycle as much as possible in ‘real’ outdoor conditions

Checklist – what should I bring on the day?

We encourage you to adhere to these checklists for your hike or greenway cycle so that you’re fully equipped to take on your chosen challenge(s).

Hikes

What to pack 

  • Snacks, a packed lunch & water 
  • Backpack 
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Waterproof Jacket & trousers (required for your comfort and safety) 
  • Extra layers and spare hiking socks (store in a dry bag in your backpack) 
  • Mobile Phone (fully charged) + charger + battery pack  
  • Any medication you use (please do not share this medication at any time with other members under any circumstances) 
  • A zip lock bag to store your food & waste 
  • Tissue 
  • Shoes or sandals, and comfy clothes to change into post-hike.

What to wear 

  • Sturdy hiking boots or runners
  • Hiking socks
Baselayers (avoid cotton clothing as it absorbs sweat):
  • ‘On the move’ t-shirt (to be supplied by Focus Ireland at events)
  • Long sleeved thermal/polyester base layer
  • Warm fleece/down layer

Greenways

What to pack 

  • Snacks, a packed lunch & water 
  • Waist pack or small backpack  
  • Sunglasses 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Cool-weather jacket or rain jacket 
  • Mobile Phone (Fully charged) + charger + battery pack  
  • Any medication you use (please do not share this medication at any time with other members under any circumstances) 
  • A zip lock bag to store your food & waste 
  • Tissue  
  • Shoes or sandals, and comfy clothes to change into post-ride.

What to wear 

    • Comfortable shoes/runners for biking and walking
    • Socks (wool or synthetic)
    • Bike gloves
    • Bike shorts
    • Cycling helmet (to be supplied by Focus Ireland at events)
    • ‘On the move’ t-shirts (to be supplied by Focus Ireland at events) 

    What will be provided by Focus Ireland? 

    Every participant will receive a complimentary 'On the move' t-shirt to be worn during the challenge. Please note that the rental of a bike and helmet is included in the costs for the three Greenways. Similarly, torches will be provided to every participant for the Full Moon Sliabh Liag Hike, as this challenge will be taking place in both daylight and dark hours. Our team will also always be carrying a First-Aid kit throughout all events, to deal with any minor injury that may occur.

    More questions?

    If you have any more questions, we encourage you to check out our dedicated FAQ section before you register. Alternatively, feel free to directly get in touch with our team by emailing onthemove@focusireland.ie or calling 01 881 5900.