Statement regarding 2020 cancellation

Why cancel?

This decision was not taken lightly, we appreciate this is a date in many people’s calendar and we had really hoped to simply postpone. However we need to put the public safety of you, our supporters and our team members above all else.  There were many factors to consider including:

  • Social Distancing – the “group” nature of the event and the fact we provide guides to many participants means practicing safe social distancing will be difficult, especially at the start and finish line.   We are also conscious of the increasing R rate in Ireland since the beginning of Phase 3 and do not want to jeopardise any progress made to date.
  • Resourcing – DWMRT has experienced large increases in the number of callouts as the restrictions have been eased and our team is busier than ever.  We feel that we need all resources available to us to host WTL 2020 and that simply won’t be likely while we all navigate our way out of the current pandemic.
  • Front line staff – Many of our team members work on the front line in the medical profession outside of volunteering with DWMRT, they have been extremely busy since March and we expect they will continue to be for the foreseeable future.


We are sure many of you were looking forward to walking the hills with us especially after the past few months of lockdown so we recognise that postponing the event may be an inconvenience for you.  We’ll be offering refunds for those of you that wish to cancel your spot.  You will receive an email from regarding your refund options, please keep an eye out for this.

Alternatively, if you would consider donating your registration fee, or part there-of, we would very much appreciate the support.

We were looking forward to WTL 2020 just as much as you, and are disappointed we won’t be able to meet you all this year.  We hope you understand our decision and we thank you for all the support you’ve shown us all at Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue; it really is appreciated.  We would love to see you on 27 March 2021 for an even more special event.

Many thanks,

Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team