Our ‘Run the Ridge’ event features a long and a short course. The first 2 km and the last 5 km are shared between the two routes making the short course a perfect warm-up if you want to try the full 20 km next year.
Both routes are fully marked and navigational skills, while and advantage, are not needed but you need to stay aware of your surroundings so you do not miss markers or marshals.
Both routes start and finish at the Laragh GAA grounds. The last 800m of each course is a circuit of the GAA ground before you can celebrate in the finish line chute!
Long course – ‘Run the Ridge’ (20 km, 660 metres climb)
This testing courses features 20 km of grass, trail and open mountain with a variety of terrain and, weather permitting, stunning views.
View and download course (on GarminConnect)
Minimum Kit requirement: Bum-bag with water-proof jacket. Any sustenance and water you know you will need for the duration of this event.
Suggested kit: Water and sustenance (dependent on experience and expected finishing time), water-proof bottoms, light running hat, gloves, foil blanket, map of the race (Lugnacoille and Glendalough 1:30,000 from EastWest Mapping recommended), compass (if you know how to use it). Note most of this equipment is for case of emergency.
Short course – ‘Derrybawn Wood Trail’ (10 km, 260 metres climb)
The shorter of our two routes takes place entirely on fire-road and scenic forest trails on a challenging but beginner-friendly route through Derrybawn Woods. Note we changed from an 8 km race to a 10 km race from 2018 to 2019. Current map still reflects the 8 km course and will be updated soon.
Minimum Kit requirement: None (route is low altitude and mainly sheltered, you will never be further than a few kilometres from the start or a main road).
Suggested kit: Water or wind-proof jacket.
For more questions on each race please refer to the FAQ.