Saturday 26 May, 2012
9 (3,3,3) - Difficult Terrain, >500M ascent, >10Km
- Only major junctions marked
A new route to Knockmealdown by Avondhu Way and Sugarloaf Mountain.
Follow the Avondhu Way south to Vee car park passing Bay Lough en route. Cross the R669 and ascend to top of Sugarloaf Mountain. It is not nessecary to hit the trig point to the left. After crossing the stone wall (county boundary), keep the wall on your right as you run SE, descending off Sugarloaf and strting the long , gradual climb leading to Knockmealdown. As you near the last pull upto the top, jump to the right hand side of wall as there is steep ground to the left. Make contact with trig point. Summit marshall will be here.
Follow the same route on the descent but this time stay to the LEFT of wall. Keeping approx 10m from wall there are quad tracks which are quite runnable. As you hit the col take note of tape/arrows !!! YOU WILL NOT ASCEND SUGARLOAF ON WAY BACK, but instead follow markings / peat track around side of mountain bringing you back to the original path.
From here drop down to the Vee car park and back down the Avondhu Way to the finish.
Clogheen, Co. Tipperary
Registration is at the race start. This is at forest entrance 1km south of Clogheen on the Lismore Road (R668). It is where the Avondhu Way leaves the road. Note that this is a different location to last year, when the carpark at the top of the Vee was used.
This race is open to all and the cost is €10 per person. If you have already raced an IMRA race this year, please bring your number with you.
The Cats Bar. Turn off Lismore Rd after coming over the Vee. Take the left turn for Mount Mellary and 6km on left