Downshill Trail Race

Downshill Trail Race
Wednesday 10 August, 2016
6 (1,2,3) - Easy Terrain, 200M - 500M ascent, >10Km
Route fully marked - Route fully marked
Trail League

Take the N11 South. At Junction 11, exit onto the R774 signposted Greystones / Kilcoole / Kilpedder. At the roundabout take the 4th exit and stay on the R774 (you are going back the way you came), at the roundabout take the second exit (straight over), at the next roundabout take the third exit. The Grove Bar is 500m along on the right hand side:

The Grove Bar, Killickabawn, Co. Wicklow:'s+Grove+Bar/@53.1220934,-6.1102331,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x23f197b59f68a6a3

Parking and prizegiving are at the Grove Bar. The race start is 1.3 km by foot from the parking / prize giving

All competitors, and particularly those who have not competed this year already, should READ the NEW REGISTRATION GUIDELINES.

We are NO longer accepting MONEY at races.

Mandatory Gear

Official IMRA race number

Under IMRA rules for competitors safety, it is mandatory to bring and carry a jacket that is shower and wind proof for the entire race. Any competitor seen not carrying or wearing their jacket at any stage in the race will be disqualified. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Finishing without mandatory kit will result in disqualification


Registration will close promptly at 7.15 to allow time to bring the computer and equipment to the start line

Early Start

As this is a trail race there will be NO early start. The race will get underway for everybody at 7.30

Route Description

The race starts on the road for 100m and then turns left onto a steep stony track for 600m. Join the main forestry road and keep going straight up. On your right you will see magnificent views over the Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs and the Sugar Loaf.The climb continues for a further 1.55km when you reach a farm track on your right. (200m elevation gain in 2.15km).

Follow the farm track which is mainly downhill but undulates through a number of farm gates for 2km and turn left back onto a main forestry road.

Follow this undulating but mainly downhill forestry road. On your right you have views over Greystones, Delgany, Kilpedder and Wicklow town. After 1.7km there is a fork in the road and take the left hand fork.

Climb 1.66 km and 125m elevation gain to Downs Hill summit. On your left is the site of a bronze age hill fort (3,000 BC). From here it is effectively downhill all the way to the finish (2.6km).

After 500m you reach the farm track on your left which you had previously followed, but you're going straight on and downhill! As you continue your descent there are great views over the sea and 1.55 km later you reach the stoney steep track. Straight down for 600m, turn right onto the road and 100m to the finish line

Junior Route

Juniors will run a 5km route at Downshill. It is a looped route and starts on the upper fire road at 7.30pm, the same time as the Senior race. This is approx. 600 m from the Senior Start Line and please be in there in good time for your start.

The Junior Route is the same as the Senior route up to the spot marked star 1 on the map at which the Seniors turn right onto private land and the juniors continue straight on to the summit of Downshill.

Juniors then descend off Downshill to Star 2 on the map at which they turn sharp left (the seniors will be runnning in the opposite direction here, but they should not meet as the juniors have a head start)

From there the juniors continue to their start line at which they turn right and descend to the finish

The Grove Bar, Killickabawn, Co. Wicklow:'s+Grove+Bar/@53.1220934,-6.1102331,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x23f197b59f68a6a3


Volunteers (Non-Running)

You need to have done 2 non-running volunteer roles in a calendar year to qualify for end of year prize

Current Volunteers

Volunteers (Running)

Check with race director if they have a need for people volunteering and running. Race directors need a minimum number of people available throughout the race to make the race work so non-running volunteers are preferable. While it can be helpful, volunteering in a volunteer and race capacity does not count towards qualifying for end of year prize

Current Volunteers


Driver SurnameFirstnameLocationPassing ThroughDepartureSeats AvailableSeats Accepted
CoffeyDavidBray Town CentreKilmacanogue - however I will be returning via Bray en route to Dublin 8 (via N11 / Donnybrook / Grand Canal )18:30:0022
CrowleyTadhgBray DART stationvia Kilmacnogue18:30:0033
O'MalleyEoinMarinoDocklands, Ballsbridge and out the N11 Offline today, so text me on the number given when you reserve a place17:30:0033
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