Saturday 17 February, 2018
7 (3,2,2) - Difficult Terrain, 200M - 500M ascent, 6Km - 10Km
- Route fully marked
Winter / Spring league
Race route - starting at the usual spot, just beyond the barrier. Up the fire road route, then as per the course map. On the way back, we won't be using the fire road route we went up, we'll use the summer descent route, which finishes down that cool single track with the right turn onto the finish straight. All will be marked, couple of marshals on course too. Avg Ascent/Descent Grade: 7.1%/-7.4% (be warned that descent off Trooperstown Hill has a -27% descent grade, and the final descent through the tress has a -24% descent grade). If the numbers don't mean much to you, the -27% basically means a very steep descent. However, dont let the descents / steepness put you off. There is always the option to walk down the steep bits. Short course/junior route - as main race, but turn R up the steep climb to the top of Trooperstown Hill, then back from there exactly as the main race.
Early Start: There will be an early start for runners averaging over 160% of the winning time at 10:30am
Take the M50 Southbound, get off at the Roundwood exit (Kilmacanogue) and follow the signs towards Laragh, drive through Annamoe and follow the bend left. 1.5km further down (keep the River Inchavore on your left), you'll 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: PLEASE carpool from Roundwood, there is on-road parking as you enter the village and some at the prize-giving location (The Coach House). WARNING: Single occupancy cars may have to be directed to park in Laragh and jog to the registration / start (1.6km). Please follow Marshalls' directions at all times.
Please car pool as much as possible from Roundwood. And co-operate with the nice parking marshals :-) We will have to close registration in time for the laptop crew to set up at the start. So the registration queue will close at 10:45 sharp. Anyone not in the queue by that stage will not be allowed enter the race. So please turn up in good time! It's likely to be muddy and slippy up on the hill, so grippy shoes are recommended, flats will definitely put you at a disadvantage. And please keep in mind this race takes in more exposed open hillside than most of the other winter league races, so come prepared - windproof/waterproof top (mandatory), hat, gloves (recommended).
The Coach House, Roundwood