Irish Mountain
Running Association

Wicklow Way Relay

A relay race from Kilmashogue to Shillelagh along the Wicklow Way
Saturday 18th May, 2024
Climb (m):
Distance (km):
Event Difficulty:
7 (2,2,3) - Moderate Terrain, 200M - 500M ascent, >10Km
Race Marking:
Only major junctions marked - Only major junctions marked
GPS Allowed:
Mandatory Kit:
Level A - Basic
  • Showerproof, windproof jacket

All runners must bring the above items to the race. The actual kit to be carried during the race will be finalised on the day, depending on conditions etc., and clearly advised at Registration.

You should also have the means to carry all the kit in case required.

Failure to have the required items may lead to you being denied entry to the race, or disqualification. Random checks may be carried out.

Route Description:

The Wicklow Way must be followed as signposted, unless specifically listed below. Leg Descriptions are available but they are a little out of date so use as a guide only. When in doubt, look around you! Or post question on the forum. Also, no shortcuts are allowed and teams risk being disqualified if reported.


  • Leg 8: Stay on the Wicklow Way running past until the Dying Cow. From here detour off the Wicklow Way to the finish at Parkview House, Shillelagh.



Getting There:
Teams are responsible for their own logistics. Its worthwhile getting the official Wicklow Way maps and leaflets for details.
Organisers Instructions:

21st Anniversary of Wicklow Way Relay


See forum for latest updates on this event

Teams consisting of between 2 and 8 runners will run the Wicklow Way in Relay. There are eight stages, between 8km and 21km long. This is a fundraising event for the IMRA Junior International teams.

Registration process:

The registration process begins at 14:00 on Friday, 22nd March, 2024. Team captains are required to purchase a team registration for a standard price of €144.00, regardless of team size. After purchasing team registration, captains must declare their team using the following online form: Teams will be listed on the forum no later than Sun 12th May, 2024.

THIS COMPLETES REGISTRATION. Then you have TWO MORE steps to do before your team will be allowed to start on the day, these steps will be communicated by email to captains of confirmed teams.



  1. Each team must provide a car park marshal at the race director's pre-designated stage of the race. If a team fails to do so, they will be deemed 'non-competitive.
  2. Each runner must carry the team baton, which will be a GPS tracker. If a runner fails to hand over the baton, the team will be deemed 'non-competitive.'
  3. Due to the level of interest, only one team can officially represent one sporting club. A sporting club is a club associated with a national federation/association such as Athletics Ireland, Triathlon Ireland, Orienteering Ireland, etc.
  4. After submitting their entries with the appropriate fee, teams must fill out the online Wicklow Way Registration form with team details.
  5. Team members or running order can only be changed before 17:00 on the evening preceding race day (i.e. 17:00, Fri 17th May 2024) for the team to remain competitive.
  6. If a runner misses their handover, another team member cannot run in their place, and the team will remain 'non-competitive.'
  7. If a runner does not complete their stage route “in its entirety”, they will be deemed ‘non-competitive’, and the team won't receive recognition or awards. To avoid this, runners should study the route beforehand, do a 'Recce' and pay attention to course markings on the day. If a mistake is made they should double back and redo the missed section. It's important to inform their team captain of any mistakes to address potential disputes. Having your run tracked on a GPS watch is a great way to prove you have completed the route in its entirety and potential disputes or allegations can be resolved very quickly.
  8. If a member of a team brings the race into disrepute (e.g., litter, parking infringements, etc.), their team shall be disqualified.
  9. Each team must have its support crew, and all team members must have completed recces of their legs in advance (briefing sheets available on the event page).
  10. Changeovers are allowed at official stage ends only.
  11. The parking restrictions (available on the event page) must be followed to maintain the future viability of the event. Each vehicle associated with a team or following the race must display their team number and contact number on the vehicle dashboard. Failure to do so may result in time penalties or disqualification of the related team.
  12. All runners must have IMRA membership for 2024.
  13. According to the IMRA Junior Policy (see Competition Rules), juniors over 15 and under 17 are only allowed to run stage 3. No runners under 15 can run any stage.
  14. To be competitive, teams must be made up as follows:
  • Teams of 2: Open;
  • Teams of 3: to include a woman or vet.;
  • Teams of 4: to include a woman and vet. (may be the same person);
  • Teams of 5: to include a woman and vet. (may not be the same person);
  • Teams of 6: to include 2 women and 2 vets. (may be the same persons);
  • Teams of 7: to include 2 women and 2 vets. (only one may be the same person);
  • Teams of 8: to include 2 women and 2 vets (may not be the same persons)


Prizegiving Location:

Parkview House, Shillelagh. Bar Food and refreshments available


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


Driver NameLocationPassing ThroughDepartureSeats AvailableSeats Accepted
Daniel O'BrienRush to Curtlestown (Leg 2 Start)Lusk, Swords, M1, East Wall, Ringsend, Sandymount, Booterstown, Stillorgan, Sandyford, Stepaside, Glencullen OUTWARDS ONLY06:20:0030
Daniel O'BrienLough Tay to RushKilmac, M50, M1, Swords, Lusk10:30:0030
Sarah FlanaganClaraM4 to M50 to start of leg 2 Can pop off motorway to collect.05:30:0030
Dave DochertyWindy ArbourLeaving the Windy Arbour end of Bird Avenue at about 0540 Will drive directly to finish line of leg 1 at Curtlestown and park there. Carpool organised to get the start of leg1 in Kilmac. Will be heading back to Windy Arbour after leg 1 finish.05:40:0020