The IMRA Wicklow RoundA long distance run covering many of the peaks in Wicklow.
The ChallengeA looped course covering 26 peaks totalling over 100K and over 6,000M climb inside 24 hours. To view the full route: Route Details
The RulesAny attempt to be recognised must first be publicised in advance on the forum section of the IMRA website www.imra.ie and afterwards by supplying a list of splits (arrival time at each of the nominated points). Grid References
All 29 nominated points must be visited in order. The 29 points are the 26 peaks as well as the start point, Drumgoff, and the end point. The start point and the end point are the same physical location.
- Competitors may run solo or in groups on the strict understanding that all members carry their own gear and that the navigation is done by a member doing the attempt in total.
- A competitor must have sufficient resources and skills to survive in a mountain environment for the duration of the attempt.
- It is against the spirit of the event to have a pacing runner or navigational support.
- Route choices on a tarred road are permitted but no transport of any kind.
- Food dumps and logistical support along the route are allowed.
- Competitors must have logistics and a plan in place in case of injury or adverse weather conditions. Many of the areas visited during the Round have little or no mobile phone coverage
The Wicklow round is a recognised qualifying event for the UTMB worth 3 qualifying points.
DisclaimerThis is a personal challenge; IMRAs only involvement is to agree to record attempts. Neither IMRA its servants or agents can accept any responsibility of any nature or kind for loss, damage or injury suffered by a participant who takes part or attempts the the Wicklow Round. Each participant takes part at their own risk and is fully responsibility for their own safety, support and equipment.
History of the Wicklow RoundThe Wicklow Round started out as a longer route than the current and with a slightly different ruleset, based on feedback from runners, a special sub-committee consisting of Tony Kiernan, Brendan Lawlor, Brian Bell, and Joe Lalor, made various amendments to the original route, in the process shortening it by about 18-20km.
The original route can be viewed here:
Results & RecordsThe list of sub 24 hour completions of the Wicklow Round is as follows (listed in date order):
1. Moire O Sullivan F May 29th 2009 22:58:30 Splits
2. Eoin Keith M40 May 30th 2009 17:53:45 Splits
3. Paul Mahon M, Paul Nolan M & Jason Reid M Friday 5th June 2009 19:39:25 Splits
4. Adrian Tucker M50 June 25th 2009 22:18:45 Splits
5. Greg Byrne M, Billy Reed M40, Finbar McGurren M June 2nd 2012 20:56 Splits
6. Richard Nunan M40, Jeff Fitzsimons M, Zoran Skrba M June 8th 2013 21:57:02
7. Garreth Little M June 9th 2013 23:39:36
Tony Kiernan and Gary Moralee comlpeted the older, longer, course on 7/8 July 2007 in a time of 33:56:18 Splits
Attempts to Date - Accounts
A detailed account of the attempts to date on the revised course can be downloaded here