Irish Mountain
Running Association

Wicklow Way Race

Wicklow Way Race
Friday 10th June, 2022
Climb (m):
Distance (km):
Event Difficulty:
10 (Extreme) - Extreme, >1,000M ascent or > 30Km
Race Marking:
Only major junctions marked - Only major junctions marked
GPS Allowed:
Irish Ultra Championships 
Route Description:

ITRA Points:
Endurance Level: 5
Mountain Level: 3
Finisher Criteria: 480
ITRA Points:
Endurance Level: 5
Mountain Level: 3
Finisher Criteria: 480
Trace de Trail

Organisers Instructions:

NOTE: Entry opens May 9th at 9am & closes May 30th at 6pm - Pre Entry Approval required. No late entry options.

A race over the Wicklow Way from Marlay Park, Dublin through the Wicklow Hills to finish in Clonegal, Carlow. The route will have a maximum time allowance of 21 hours. The race will run from the plaque marking the Wicklow Way in the Marlay Park and finish by the sister plaque in the village of Clonegal.

5 ITRA points have been allocated for finishers of this race.

Race entry will cost 60 Euro - it will be non refundable and non transferable.


Runners must follow the Wicklow Way route as it is on the day of the race. This means that any diversions as signposted on the day must be followed.

Drop bags will be transported to aid stations. See below for drop bag particulars:

CP - KMs approx ----- Name ----- Cut Off Time --- Drop Bag Info.

CP1 - 21 --- Crone Woods --- 00:00 --- FOOD drop bag only

CP2 - 49 --- Glendalough - visitor center --- 05:00 --- FOOD drop bag only

CP3 - 73--- Mucklagh --- 09:00 --- Food & shoe/clothes drop bag

CP4 - 102 --- Dying Cow --- 13:00 --- Food & shoe/clothes drop bag option

CP5 - 111 --- Raheenakit --- 15:30 --- Food & shoe/clothes drop bag option

CP6 - 127 --- Clonegal --- 18:00 - Food & dry bag

No early starts will be accommodated and the cut off times as outlined will strictly 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.


RACE PACER/ Support Runner Rules.

If a participant wishes to have someone run a section of the course with them this is permitted from the Mucklagh CheckPoint only and according to the time limits listed below. Support runners are NOT permitted before this point on the race route.

•Where the participant is exiting the Mucklagh Checkpoint between 08:30 and the 09:00 cut off.

•Where the participant is exiting the Dying Cow Checkpoint between 12:30 and the 13:00 cut off.

•Where the participant is exiting the Raheenakit Checkpoint between 15:00 and the 15:30 cut off.

**Support runners are only permitted where the participant leaves the checkpoint 30 minutes or less before the cut off time for that check point as outlined above.

The aim of this rule is to keep the front end of the race as fair as possible by ensuring those participants who do not have a support runner available to them are less likely to be competing against participants with a support runner. It also recognises that the runners closer to the cut off times and possibly struggling to make cut offs in order to finish within the strict 21 hour time limit can benefit from a support runner.

Where a participant is accompanied by a support runner the participant must carry their own mandatory kit at all times. Support runners are not permitted to carry runners mandatory kit.

I will happily outright DQ anyone found not to be abiding by the above rules.


Prizes: Wicklow Way Yellow Man Trophies will be awarded to the 1st male and female finishers along with a return entry for 2023. And all entrants who complete the full route in the allotted time will receive a similar chunk of the Yellow WW man Wicklow granite as a memento marking their achievement.

Entry Criteria: You must have run an ultra race of at least 50km in 2020, 2021 or more recently to meet the qualifying entry criteria. Those intending to enter should email the following details: Name, name of qualifying race, link to qualifying race results - to in advance of entry to confirm you reach the minimum entry standards.


Mandatory Kit list as follows:

  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers
  • Mobile phone - battery fully charged
  • Head Light and spare batteries
  • Hi-Viz/reflective upper outer layer
  • Map of Route & Compass
  • Food & Drink
  • Whistle
  • Gloves & Hat/Buff
  • Foil Blanket
  • Tracker
  • Cup/bottle - no cups will be provided at check points

Recommended extra Kit: Long sleeve top and bottoms.

Prizegiving Location:
At the finish line.

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