The Paps (An Dá Chích), Derrynasaggart Mountains

The Paps Loop mountain run.
Sunday 30 July, 2017
7 (2,3,2) - Moderate Terrain, >500M ascent, 6Km - 10Km
Only major junctions marked - Only major junctions marked
Munster Championship
Out and back course, visiting the West Peak (690m) first, then onto the East Peak (694m). This is the half-way point. Simply retrace your steps to return to the start/finish area.

The terrain on the Paps is mostly short grass, boggy at times, with only a faint path in places, but all very runnable, and the course will be fully marked.

The two rounded summits, whose name in Irish means “the two breasts of the goddess Danú”, dominates the view as you travel on the N22 between Ballyvourney and Glenflesk. The summits are surmounted by two cairns, believed to be prehistoric burial chambers.

Mountain running shoes (eg Inov 8 X-talon or similar) are the most suitable shoes for this race. Trail runners may suffice, but road runners will break your heart, especially if it's wet.

On the main N22 Cork to Killarney road. Cladagh Valley/ Clonkeen.

From the Mills Inn, Ballyvourney, Co Cork, drive on the N22 towards Killarney for 10km. Take right turn sign posted Cladagh Valley /Clonkeen. Take next right turn, signposted Cladagh Valley/ Shrone Lake, pass over the bridge, and continue up the Cladagh Valley for 2.5 km as far as a forestry entrance. This is the parking area. From Daly's Supervalu, Killarney, drive on the N22 towards Ballyvourney / Macroom for 16 km. Take turn off to the left, sign posted Clonkeen. Continue on this road for about half a kilometre. After you pass Clonkeen church, take the next road to the left, signposted Cladagh Valley / Shrone Lake, pass over the bridge, and continue up the Cladagh Valley for 2.5 km as far as a forestry entrance. This is the parking area.

The Registration, Start/Finish, and Tea and Cake area is about 1km back down the road towards Clonkeen Church and will be signposted. Please use the forestry for parking as there is very little parking at the registration area.

It is also possible to park at Clonkeen church, but it’s about 2km jog uphill to registration.

OSI Discovery Series 79. Grid Ref for forestry entrance. = W 128 832

This race is open to all and the cost is €10. There is no online pre-registration available. Please arrive at least 30 mins before race start time to give time for race registration.

If you have already run an IMRA race this year, bring the race number given to you at that race as it is valid for the full year.

However, if this is your first IMRA race this year, you must purchase yearly IMRA membership for €10 per person. Please download the membership form, and fill it out beforehand to speed up registration (they will be available on the day too). You will then be given a race number that is used for other IMRA races this year.

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!



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