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CONQUER THE WILDS OF CONNEMARA

UNIQUE ACCESS TO UNMARKED MOUNTAINS WITH 3 DISTANCES

Special access has been granted to this stunning route by local landowners making it an amazing opportunity for mountain running

1. 22KM EXPERT MOUNTAIN RUN

2. 12KM INTERMEDIATE MOUNTAIN RUN

Challenging terrain throughout with steep ascents and descents. Before entering either of these two races we recommend you read our Entry Requirements.

3. 12KM INTRODUCTORY MOUNTAIN/TRAIL RUN

For those who are new to mountain running and are looking for an introductory event. You will need a reasonable level of fitness.

Gaelforce mountain runTHE COURSE

THE 22KM EXPERT MOUNTAIN RUN

BRIEF COURSE DESCRIPTION

STAGE 1:

The route starts from Killary Adventure Centre and heads across the bog until it joins the Western Way walking trail. This brings you onto a forestry road and on to your first ascent of the route. You will stay close to a marked fence as you ascend.

STAGE 2:

This first hill is 324 metres and you will keep the fence within 10m of you as you climb up the hill. Once you reach the top there is a slow, gentle descent along the soft ground at the top. You will continue along to a left turn at the end of the valley – a distance of approximately 2 km from the top of the hill.

STAGE 3:

The route descends for the first part before climbing from approximately 800 feet up to 1800 feet.  This is a steep climb on grassy hills which can be slippy when wet. Next you will continue along to spot height 556 metres.
This section of the run is quite boggy and visibility up here can change quite quickly.  Performing a U turn you will head out along the edge of the valley before going downhill into Leenane.  This is a good descent if you are happy on bog and slippy ground, if not take your time!

STAGE 4:

Reaching the back of Leenane you will come out into a private road and then follow this down to the main road.  You will encounter a dangerous corner so be aware of traffic. This road section will be about 600m and before joining the rough Western Way track. Continue along this until you reach the arrow pointing you up your last hill.

STAGE 5:

The last hill will be marked again with bamboos holding ribbons which you must stay within 10m of as this is the safest route. You continue to the summit cairn.
For your descent is quite tricky underfoot so please be aware of conditions and your skill level in descending.  You are aiming for the Western Way again and the path from earlier returning you to Killary Adventure Centre and the finish line. 22km and 4500ft of ascent done and dusted.

**Please make sure you are aware of the Mandatory Kit List which is extremely important for all distances of the Mountain Run.

THE 12KM INTERMEDIATE MOUNTAIN RUN

BRIEF COURSE DESCRIPTION

STAGE 1:

The route starts from the back of Killary Adventure Centre and heads across the bog until it joins the Western Way walking trail. This brings you into forestry. You continue along a slightly overgrown road to the bottom of the mountain. Starting up the hill you will follow the fence which is marked with red ribbons.

STAGE 2:

This first hill is 324m and you will keep the fence within 10m of you. Once you reach the top there is a nice gentle descent across the soft ground at the top.
You will continue along to a left turn at the end of valley – approximately 2 km from the top of the hill.

STAGE 3:

The route descends for the first part before climbing from approximately 800 feet up to 1800 feet.  This is a steep climb on grassy hills which can be slippy when wet. At the end of the climb you will continue to follow fencing out and around the top end of the horseshoe. Be aware that it is quite boggy here in sections but you need to maintain sight of the fence.

STAGE 4:

Climbing to the last spot height at 550 feet, it is all downhill from there.  The descent is along the fence line and with the 22km race rejoining your route there will be people coming past. Take care on descent as it is grass and bog. You will rejoin the Western Way back to Killary Adventure Centre.

THE 12KM INTRODUCTORY MOUNTAIN RUN

BRIEF COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course follows the same route as Stage 1 of the 12km Intermediate Mountain Run.

STAGE 2:

This first hill is 324m and you will keep the fence to your left and within 10m. Once you reach the top there is a nice gentle descent across the soft ground at the top.

Here is where you leave the other runners behind as you head down hill.  This ground is usually quite soft with slippery conditions underfoot.  As you get closer to the bottom you will start to follow a river.

You are now on the homeward stretch having reached the forest road. You continue along to the river crossing, where depending on the amount of water you might have to use the bridge. Once past here you take a bog road to meet the tarmaced road before running a further 500m on main road to finish in Killary Adventure Centre.

PRICING & INFO

ENTRY IS ONLINE ONLY AND IS NOW OPEN

22km Expert & 12km Intermediate Events: €40.00pp (places limited)

12km Introductory Event: €30.00pp

All prices shown exclude €4.50 booking fee

On-the-day entry if places available:

22km Expert & 12km Intermediate Events: €50.00pp

12km Introductory Event: €40.00pp

PLEASE NOTE

Online registration closes at 15:00 on Friday 3 March 2017, or when all places sold out.

You must be an experienced mountain runner to enter the 22km Expert or 12km Intermediate Events – please read the entry requirements before you decide to enter the Gaelforce Mountain Run.

You must be over 18 years of age on the day of the race to enter.

ENTRY FEE INCLUDES

  • Event technical T-shirt
  • A fully marked route
  • Full safety cover
  • One-off access to this stunning route
  • Use of electronic timing devises
  • Post-event food from John West!

Please note t-shirts are ordered 4 weeks in advance of the race. Entries after this may have to have t-shirt posted out.

IMPORTANT TIMES

REGISTRATION

Registration takes place on 4 March 2017

22km Expert: 07:00 – 08:30; 12km Intermediate: 07:30 – 09:00; 12km Introductory: 08:00 – 09:15

RACE START TIMES

22km Expert: 09:00

12km Intermediate: 09:15

12km Introductory: 09:30

EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY

Sign up for event photography during registration to avail of a special discounted price of €4.95 for 2 photos (normal price €8.60)

BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE WHEN YOU ENTER ONLINE TO COMPLETE YOUR WEEKEND!

Stay at Killary Adventure Centre with 2 nights B&B and 1 dinner for only €70.00pps in an ensuite dorm room

A double/twin room may be booked directly by contacting Reservations on095 43411 or emailing adventure@killary.com.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO ENTER THE 22KM EXPERT OR 12KM INTERMEDIATE EVENTS:

  • These are events for experienced mountain runners only, ie those who take part in mountain runs on a regular basis.
  • The area where the race takes place is remote, the terrain is difficult – wet, boggy, slippy and very steep in places- and the weather patterns are very changeable.
  • It is not suitable for those, though while fit are used to running on roads and tracks only – we now offer the 12km Introductory Event as an introduction to mountain running.
  • Due to the length of the course and the shorter daylight hours this event cannot be walked, it must be done at a jogging/running pace.
  • If you are not sure that this event is suitable for you then it probably is not.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE 12KM INTRODUCTORY MOUNTAIN RUN:

While you do not need to have mountain running experience you do need to have a moderate level of fitness to allow you to cover the distance running. You will be running off-road on bog and uneven terrain and the weather could be challenging so you should take this into account before entering the race.

Saying that it is the perfect race to help you transition from road running to mountain running.

MANDATORY KIT TO BE CARRIED THROUGHOUT EACH EVENT. IT WILL BE CHECKED BEFOREHAND AND YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO START WITHOUT IT:

  • VERY IMPORTANT: Trail running shoes must be worn. These must be shoes with an aggressive thread. Large parts of the route have no trail, only soft ground. Anyone wearing road runners will not be allowed to start the race
  • Hooded waterproof jacket must be carried with you regardless of the weather. The weather in the mountains is changeable so this item is essential
  • Light micro-fleece or heavy thermal layer
  • Headwear of some description, eg. woolly hat or buff
  • Whistle to attract attention in an emergency
  • Space blanket
  • Bottle that can carry minimum 200ml of water
  • Food, particularly to provide you with fuel in an emergency (minimum of Mars bar or natural food bar)
  • Mobile phone that has the Race Director’s and emergency numbers pre-saved into it plus enough battery to last your estimated race time

If you have any questions on any of the above please do not hesitate to contact us before registering and we will do our best to advise you

RESULTS & REPORTS

PRIZE POT FOR 2017!

22km Expert

€500 prize fund + voucher for a weekend at Killary Adventure Company. €250 + voucher for the 1st male and €250 + voucher for the first female. Free entry into next year’s event for 1st male and 1st female.

And of course a whole heap of pride and glory!

12km Intermediate

Prize for 1st male and 1st female.

12km Beginner

Prize for 1st male and 1st female.

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