Irish Mountain
Running Association

Wicklow Glacier Lakes

High lakes in Wicklow
Saturday 13 April, 2013
Climb (m):
Distance (km):
Event Difficulty:
10 (Extreme) - Extreme, >1,000M ascent or > 30Km
Race Marking:
Route not marked - Route not marked
GPS Allowed:
Long Distance Championship 
Entry details:
No entry details have been entered for this event yet. Entries for league events usually open a couple of weeks before the event
Vouchers Allowed:
No. Online entry only for this race.
Route Description:
Hyperlinks to Ordnance Survey GEOLIVES Maps of Each Leg
Leg 1 part 1 and Leg 1 part 2 (10 km with 600m climb)
Leg 2 part 1 and Leg 2 part 2 (11.5 km with 200m climb)
Leg 3 (7.5 km with 600m climb, NOTE: Private land is out of bounds. Fenced fields should not be entered, this occurs near the lower part of the zig-zags)
Leg 4 (10 km with 450m climb)
Getting There:
Map of Glendalough Region
St. Kevins Bus Service
Organisers Instructions:
Entry form and IMRA Membership Form


EastWest Mapping Lugnaquilla & Glendalough
Harveys Wicklow Mountains

The race takes in some of the highest glacial lakes in Wicklow. The race traverses some of the wildest terrain in Wicklow so participants should agree safety precautions with their team members and carefully recce their leg(s). Solo runners should ensure they bring adequate clothing and food for all weathers as leg 2 in particular can be very difficult in mist. Participants must touch the water in each lake on their leg. Some photos of the lakes are here: Photos on Flickr

A team comprises between 1 and 4 persons. Juniors are not allowed to compete because of the nature of the terrain and the distances involved. A mobile phone, hat, cagoule, map, and compass are compulsory kit. Bring food and water according to your needs for a run of around 10 km in tough mountain terrain. Solo runners must bring sufficient food and clothing protection for the whole race.

The race will use chasing starts with the first team to finish being the winners. Women get a bonus of 10 minutes for each leg they run. Persons aged over 50 get a bonus of 5 minutes. Persons aged over 60 get a bonus of 15 minutes. Persons aged over 70 get a bonus of 30 minutes. Hence any teams of four W60 women will start at 8 am whereas teams of four Senior/M40 men will start at 9:40. An M50 solo runner would have a bonus of 20 minutes so would start at 9:20 a.m. Any teams with a bonus of more than 100 minutes will start before 8 a.m.!

Teams who declare themselves non-competitive can start at 8:30 (these teams will be ranked on their bonus adjusted time but are not eligible for a team prize).

Leg 1 starts at the hotel in Glendalough and takes in Lough Ouler with the handover at the car park at the Wicklow Gap. The only part of the Wicklow Gap road that you can run on is the part on the St. Kevin's Way. Challenge: route choice and terrain.

Leg 2 takes in Lough Firrib and either of the Three Lakes with the handover at Glenmalure hostel. Challenge: navigation and tough terrain in middle of leg.

Leg 3 takes in Art's Lough and Kelly's Lough with the handover at Ballinafunshoge car park). Challenge: route choice and steep terrain.

Leg 4 takes in the Upper and Lower lakes in Glendalough with the finish at Glendalough hotel. Challenge: a runner's leg but route choice could win out!

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A permit has been obtained from the Wicklow Mountains National Park to hold this event.


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