20 km mountain and trail run up across the spectacular Derrybawn Ridge. 10 km trail-only option available in Derrybawn Woods. Date and start time to be confirmed for 2022. Starting in Laragh, Co. Wicklow.
The ‘Run the Ridge’ race series consists of a 20 km mixed mountain and trail run, a 10 km trail run and a junior race. This race is setup to raise funds for local club Laragh GAA and organised with the help of experienced runners and organisers from Glendalough AC and RedTagTiming.com.
The race is a UTMB 20k qualifier race.
Start and finish / time and place
Both events start and finish at the Laragh GAA grounds just next to the centre of Laragh village in the Wicklow Mountains. The event is strictly not-for-profit and all proceeds go to the development of Glendalough AC and Laragh GAA club.
Prize-giving will take place in the GAA grounds.
The Derrybawn Ridge is known as one of the most runnable and scenic routes in the Wicklow National Park featuring 7 small peaks with the highest at 492 metres elevation. On your way to the Ridge you will run past the Woollen Mills up the ‘Zig-Zag’ trail in Derrybawn Wood before joining with the Wicklow Way for several kilometres. Your journey on trail and fire-road ends as you break out through forestry to open mountain and onto the ridge itself.
A short descent brings you back into the trails of Derrybawn Wood before you rejoin the shorter course and the fast descent to the finish line at Laragh GAA. Here you will run an 800m ‘lap of honour’ before crossing the line and celebrating your completion with a ‘local spread’.
The shorter course takes out the open mountain aspect but takes in some of the best trails of Derrybawn Wood. Both the short and the long course share the same first 2 kilometres and last 3 kilometres.