Irish Mountain
Running Association

Beara Way Ultra

Beara Way Ultra
Friday 19 May, 2023
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 
Entry opens:
2023-03-13 00:00:00
Entry closes:
2023-05-13 23:59:00
Entry limit:
Entry cost:
Route Description:

Route map for IMRA - Ultra Beara by IMRA Munster on

Getting There:
Start/finish - Castletownbere, Co.Cork
Organisers Instructions:
100 runners, 40 hour limit.

Start and finish in Castletownbere.

Entry fee €70.

Race fee includes: manned checkpoints where you will have drop bags in places. Aid stations will be stocked with tea, coffee, water, sweets, snacks, chocolate etc. Also Coke.

All runners will receive a inaugural race hoodie. All finishers will receive a gift set of Beara whiskey minis. Sambos and tea/coffee available at finish. We will not be able to have hot food here as the the time span makes in undoable. You will get a big West Cork welcome, and the finish line will be marked.



Cut-off times are exit times from the various aid stations:

Castletownbere Community College
Start at 06:00 Friday morning

Eyeries village hall (60km)
11 hour cut-off, 17:00 Friday evening

Lauragh Church carpark (90km)
18 hour cut-off, 24:00 Friday night/Saturday morning

Glengarriff Village Hall (120km)
28 hour cut-off, 10:00 Saturday morning

Adrigole National School (135km)
33 hour cut-off, 15:00 Saturday afternoon

Castletownbere Community College/finish line (161km)
40 hour cut-off, 22:00 Saturday night

Sunset 21:30 Friday night (dark 22:00)
Sunrise 05:40 Saturday morning (bright 05:10)


Drop bags

We will be supplying each runner with 5 drop bags: 3 small drop bags and 2 medium/large drop bags.

Small drop bag will be large enough to take some food and drink supplies, e.g. one 500ml drink bottle, couple of bars, gels, fresh socks (3 litre zip lock bag).

Medium/large drop bag will be large enough for the above items, a pair of runners and maybe a light top (draw string bag, dimensions: 330 x 440mm).

Drop bag 1, small - Allihies village (15km & 40km)
Drop bag 2, small - Eyeries village hall (60km)
Drop bag 3, medium/large - Lauragh church car park (90km)
Drop bag 4, medium/large - Glengarriff village hall (120km)
Drop bag 5, small - Adrigole National School (135km)

We will endeavor to return all drop bags to the start/finish area for collection after the race, but there may be a delay.


Aid stations

Main aid stations will be located at:
- Allihies village (15km & 40km)
- Eyeries village hall (60km)
- Lauragh church car park (90km)
- Glengarriff village hall (120km)
- Adrigole National School (135km)

Main aid stations will have first aid, toilets, tea, coffee, water, coke, snacks, sweets, etc. available.

There will also be marshals located at other points around the course with water. These points will be Dursey Cable Car Station (30km), Ardgroom village (75km), Gleninchaquin (100km), and Dromoghty (110km).



The ultra route passes shops and pubs in the villages along the way. Shops and pubs are located in Allihies village (shops and pubs), Eyeries village (shops and pubs), Ardgroom village (shops and pubs), Lauragh (fancy restaurant), Glengarriff (shops, pubs, and depending on time chipper and pizza restaurant).



Outside support from crews will be allowed in designated areas at the main aid stations.


Support runners

Each runner can be accompanied by a support runner from the Glengarriff main aid station to the finish at Castletownbere Community College. One support runner at a time per competitor. Competitors can change support runners, as well as their socks, in Adrigole if need be. Competitors are required to carry all of their own gear.


Mandatory kit

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/GPS
Food & drink
Gloves & hat/buff
Survival bag
Water bottle
Prizegiving Location:
Tracker link; REGISTRATION WILL BE OPEN AT THE SPORTS HALL IN CASTLETOWNBERE ON THURSDAY EVENING (18th) BETWEEN 6PM AND 8PM. REGISTRATION WILL ALSO BE OPEN BETWEEN 445AM AND 545 AM FRIDAY MORNING (19th). No parking is available on the school grounds. Parking is available at the council carpark across from Post Office, next to Garda Station .

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