Irish Mountain
Running Association

Downshill Trail Race

Downshill Trail Race
Wednesday 16 August, 2017
Climb (m):
Distance (km):
Event Difficulty:
6 (1,2,3) - Easy Terrain, 200M - 500M ascent, >10Km
Race Marking:
Route fully marked - Route fully marked
GPS Allowed:
Trail League 
Entry opens:
2017-08-05 07:09:00
Entry closes:
2017-08-15 21:01:01
Entry limit:
None set
Entry cost:
€7 for seniors, €5 for over 65s and under 18s
Vouchers Allowed:
No. Online entry only for this race.
Getting There:

Take the N11 South. At Junction 11, exit onto the R774 signposted Greystones / Kilcoole / Kilpedder. At the roundabout take the 4th exit and stay on the R774 (you are going back the way you came), at the roundabout take the second exit (straight over), at the next roundabout take the third exit. The Grove Bar is 500m along on the right hand side:

The Grove Bar, Killickabawn, Co. Wicklow:'s+Grove+Bar/@53.1220934,-6.1102331,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x23f197b59f68a6a3

Parking and prizegiving are at the Grove Bar. The race start is 1.3 km by foot from the parking / prize giving

Organisers Instructions:

All competitors, and particularly those who have not competed this year already, should READ the NEW REGISTRATION GUIDELINES.

We are NO longer accepting MONEY at races.

Mandatory Gear

Official IMRA race number

Under IMRA rules for competitors safety, it is mandatory to bring and carry a jacket that is shower and wind proof for the entire race. Any competitor seen not carrying or wearing their jacket at any stage in the race will be disqualified. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Finishing without mandatory kit will result in disqualification


Registration will close promptly at 7.15 to allow time to bring the computer and equipment to the start line

Early Start

As this is the longest race of the trail league and the days are already getting shorter there will be an early start at 7:00pm. If you are taking the early start, please ensure that you register that at entry and that you are at the start line in good time

Route Description

The race starts on the road for 100m and then turns left onto a steep stony track for 600m. Join the main forestry road and keep going straight up. On your right you will see magnificent views over the Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs and the Sugar Loaf.The climb continues for a further 1.55km when you reach a farm track on your right. (200m elevation gain in 2.15km).

Follow the farm track which is mainly downhill but undulates through a number of farm gates for 2km and turn left back onto a main forestry road.

Follow this undulating but mainly downhill forestry road. On your right you have views over Greystones, Delgany, Kilpedder and Wicklow town. After 1.7km there is a fork in the road and take the left hand fork.

Climb 1.66 km and 125m elevation gain to Downs Hill summit. On your left is the site of a bronze age hill fort (3,000 BC). From here it is effectively downhill all the way to the finish (2.6km).

After 500m you reach the farm track on your left which you had previously followed, but you're going straight on and downhill! As you continue your descent there are great views over the sea and 1.55 km later you reach the stoney steep track. Straight down for 600m, turn right onto the road and 100m to the finish line

Junior Route

Juniors will run a 5km route at Downshill. It is a looped route and starts on the upper fire road at 7.30pm, the same time as the Senior race.This is approx. 600 m from the Senior Start Line and please be in there in good time for your start. The Juniors will run South East on the forestry road and follow that to join the senior route after approximately 1.6km. The Juniors then follow the senior route past their start point and on to the senior finish line.

Prizegiving Location:

The Grove Bar, Killickabawn, Co. Wicklow:'s+Grove+Bar/@53.1220934,-6.1102331,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x23f197b59f68a6a3


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 SurnameFirstnameLocationPassing ThroughDepartureSeats AvailableSeats Accepted
HodgettAlistairMonkstownDun Laoghaire18:15:0041
JonesValAirside, Swords, outside DIDM50 Red cow luas17:20:0064
ConwayTurloughBallyboughFairview, Sandymount, Deans Grange, N1117:15:0021
Carpool option is not available at this time..