Wednesday 31 May, 2017
6 (2,2,2) - Moderate Terrain, 200M - 500M ascent, 6Km - 10Km
- Route fully marked
Take the M50 Southbound, get off at the Roundwood exit (Kilmacanogue) and follow the signs towards Laragh, drive through Annemoe and follow the bend left. 1.5km further down (keep the River Inchavore on your left), youll see a brown sign saying "Trooperstown", turn in here and follow the minor road to the car park at the river before the stone bridge. Grid ref for parking: T 158 969. CARPOOL: Carpooling from Roundwood is mandatory, there is on-road parking as you enter the village and some at the prize-giving location 'The Coach House'. WARNING: Single occupancy cars will be directed to park in Laragh and jog to the registration / start (1.6km). Follow Marshall's directions at all times or you will be reported as a DNF.
The same route as 2015. An out-and back route. No loops this time. Start down the fire road, across the bridge, turn right and immediately left up the singletrack down which we normally finish. Follow this up to the upper fire road, left onto this and follow it up to the tarmac road. Right along this for a couple of hundred metres as far as the mast, then left onto open mountain trail. Turn right up the steep climb up Trooperstown Hill (original version of race used to go straight on and skirt the hill). Course goes straight on, with some small ups and downs leading out to "Boots" (396 m on OS maps). From here, turn around and return by the outward route. Finish will be in the usual place, i.e. before you cross the bridge and return to the start point,
Juniors and short course turn around at the stone mound at top of Trooperstown Hill (Marshall there.)
Note course marshals as follows-
- Forest exit/entry barrier
- RTE mast
- Trooperstown summit (junior and short course turn)
- Boots mountain summit- turnaround for home
Please comply with summit marshal directions; we are interacting with public roads.
Early start at 19:00 for >160% runners. No early start for anyone else: please observe.
Care needed on sections of tarmac and fire road which are public road - there may be cars etc.
Also need to take care on steep descent from Trooperstown Hill on the return leg.
Full course about 9 km, 430 m.
All junctions will be clearly marked.
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!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.
Unless you intend using a race voucher to pay for the race, you will need to REGISTER ON-LINE for the event and for the year if this is your first race this year.
If you have bought vouchers on line and are collecting them please bring confirmation of payment.
Registration will close at 6PM the evening before the race to allow us print off the list of runners. If you want to run and have missed this you can use your or someone else voucher if they are willing. However you will need to be registered for the year( €10 paid on-line).
Registration is kindly facilitated by the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team, in their Trooperstown base. This is immediately on the left after the turn off the R755.
Strictly NO PARKING around the Rescue base building or curtilage. You must drive on to the Coillte car parks at the Avonmore River and walk/jog/warm up back to the registration centre.
To encourage and reward car-pooling parking charge as follows per car:
2 people = €4
3 people = €3
4 or more = €2
Donations to the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team.
On the night you will be directed either to the 'Registered on-line' table to sign in or to the 'pay with voucher' table to have your card punched AND SIGN IN.
If this is your first race this year, you will collect your number which you KEEP for the year. Please bring confirmation of number and registration.
If you have already run this year you will or should have your number with you. Its quite a headache for the organisers if you forget your number so PLEASE bring it.
The Coach House Roundwood. Reserved section
You need to have done 2 non-running volunteer roles in a calendar year to qualify for Leinster League finisher's prize
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 Leinster League finisher prize