Glendalough Clover - Saturday 24th February 2018
The Glendalough Clover is an 80km ultra distance mountain run based on three ‘out & back’ loops. The race takes place in the Glendalough Valley and will be run along the way-marked trails of St Kevin’s Way, the Spink and The Wicklow Way. The course will be fully marked by use of St Kevin’s Way signage and Wicklow Way signage. Some additional markings may be added at the organiser’s discretion, but the way mark posts of the existing trails are considered sufficient for navigation. The route consists of three separate legs and will be run as a continuous single-stage, free-pace, semi-self-sufficiency race that must be completed within a set time. The total route is approximately 80km in distance, with a total climb in the region of 3,000m. The race route must be run in the set direction and format as announced on the day of the race. The start and finish area will be situated beside the Upper Lake Car-park in the Glendalough Valley.
**NOTE** This event is finished for 2018.
Wicklow Glacier Lakes - Sunday 25th March 2018.
The race takes in some of the highest glacial lakes in Wicklow. The race traverses some of the wildest terrain in Wicklow so participants should agree safety precautions with their team members and carefully recce their leg(s). Solo runners should ensure they bring adequate clothing and food for all weathers as leg 2 in particular can be very difficult in mist. Participants must touch the water in each lake on their leg.
A team comprises between 1 and 4 persons. Juniors are not allowed to compete because of the nature of the terrain and the distances involved. A mobile phone, hat, rain jacket, map, and compass are compulsory kit. Bring food and water according to your needs for a run of around 10 km in tough mountain terrain. Solo runners must bring sufficient food and clothing protection for the whole race.
The race will use chasing starts with the first team to finish being the winners. Women get a bonus of 10 minutes for each leg they run. Persons aged over 50 get a bonus of 5 minutes. Persons aged over 60 get a bonus of 15 minutes. Persons aged over 70 get a bonus of 30 minutes. Hence any teams of four W60 women will start at 8 am whereas teams of four Senior/M40 men will start at 9:40. An M50 solo runner would have a bonus of 20 minutes so would start at 9:20 a.m. Any teams with a bonus of more than 100 minutes will start before 8 a.m.!
Leg 1 starts at the hotel in Glendalough and takes in Lough Ouler with the handover at the car park beside the road at the Wicklow Gap. The only part of the Wicklow Gap road that you can run on is the part on the St. Kevin's Way. Challenge: route choice and terrain.
Leg 2 takes in Lough Firrib and either of the Three Lakes with the handover at Glenmalure hostel.Challenge: navigation and tough terrain in middle of leg.
Leg 3 takes in Art's Lough and Kelly's Lough with the handover at Ballinafunshoge car park).Challenge: route choice and steep terrain.
Leg 4 takes in the Upper and Lower lakes in Glendalough with the finish at Glendalough hotel.Challenge: a runner's leg but route choice could win out.
**NOTE** This event is finished for 2018.
Wicklow Way - Saturday 9th June 2018
A race over the Wicklow Way from Marlay Park to Clonegal with a maximum allowed time of 21 hours. The race will start at the plaque marking the start of the Wicklow Way in Marlay Park. It is anticipated that registration will be from 22:00 to 23:30 with the race starting at midnight. Runners must follow the Wicklow Way route as it is on the day of the race. This means that any diversions signposted on the day must be followed.
Drop bags will be transported to aid stations, the number of which will be confirmed prior to the race but will likely follow previous years as below.
KM Name Cut Off Time
21 Crone Woods 03:00
49 Glendalough - Lower Lake Car Park 08:00
75 Iron Bridge 12:00
102 Dying Cow 16:00
111 Raheenakit 18:30
127 Clonegal 21:00
No early starts will be accommodated and the cut off times as outlined below will apply. No exceptions can be made to these due to the workload required in manning aid stations and to protect the health and safety of runners and volunteers.