Irish Mountain
Running Association

(Cancelled) Paddock Hill

An anti-clockwise loop, to the shoulder of Scarr and back via Paddcok Hill
Wednesday 19 August, 2020
Climb (m):
Distance (km):
Event Difficulty:
7 (3,2,2) - Difficult Terrain, 200M - 500M ascent, 6Km - 10Km
Race Marking:
Route fully marked - Route fully marked
GPS Allowed:
Entry opens:
2020-08-16 18:00:00
Entry closes:
2020-08-17 18:00:00
Entry limit:
Entry cost:
€7 for seniors, €5 for over 65s and under 18s
Vouchers Allowed:
No. Online entry only for this race.
Route Description:

Route map for IMRA - Paddock Hill 2020 by Conor O'Farrell on

ROUTE UPDATE: We have a new route for this race this year. 9.7k with 400m climb. I've attached a photo to the event page. Registration is in Trooperstown Carpark (Not Mountain Rescue Base). Please arrive in good time as it is ~1.2k uphill from Registration to the Start point for the race. (Note: coming up the road from Trooperstown carpark, go through the forest barrier on the right before the MR building at bend in road. After 100m there is a small trail on the left which will bring you up to the main road opposite the forest entrance which leads to the start. This route will keep runners off the busy main road.). Please do not park at the race start. There is only space for 2-3 vehicles and we need this space for race volunteers. The route is run anti-clockwise. Start at the forest barrier. There is a split in the trail after ~500m at the signpost for Scarr/Wicklow Way, stay right here on the way out (photo on event page). This trail leads to a stile and onto the Wicklow Way - there's a fork on the path here but follow the Wicklow Way north (right) over to another stile and past the shelter. Descending from the shelter the route joins the Scarr race route from last year. Crossing the stile, continue straight and follow a good wide track along the forest. It's flatish for nearly 2k before dropping sharply at the corner of the forest and then climbing steeply up beside the fence/wall to the shoulder of Scarr (familiar to those who've done the Scarr race in the last few years). The first 400m of the climb are on a trail (yes there is a trail!) through high ferns. Don't lose hope on the struggle through the ferns as when you get out of them the trail leads up through some lovely purple heather. Reaching the highpoint on the fence, you'll be directed left downhill (no need to go to Scarr summit). It's 4.5k and all downhill from here! After about 2k avoid the temptation to turn left on the old race route but instead continue straight over the stile beside the gate (photo on race page). 100m after the gate take a right turn along the trail that goes across Paddock Hill. Follow this until you cross the Wicklow Way. Cross another stile into the forest and shortly you'll be back at the signposted junction near the start. Continue back to the finish line for your tick inspection (I mentioned the ferns right?!).


JUNIOR/SHORT COURSE: We'll have a junior/short route. Looking at different options but will probably be about 3k.

Getting There:
Registration will be in the parking area down past the MR base. Car parking will be in the Trooperstown Car Park, down by the river. NOT at the Mountain Rescue base. Google maps link for parking/registration
Organisers Instructions:

As is often the case at IMRA races, car parking is limited for this event.

NOTE: National Parks Runner Limit in place for this race.

Please park following the marshals instructions.

No parking permitted on the general roadside as the road is too narrow Please park following the marshals' instructions.'

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!

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.

REGISTER ON-LINE for the event and for the year if this is your first race this year.

Registration will close at 6PM the evening before the race to allow us print off the list of runners.

If this is your first race this year, you will collect your number which you KEEP for the year. Please bring confirmation of number and registration.

If you have already run this year you will or should have your number with you. Its quite a headache for the organisers if you forget your number so PLEASE bring it.

Early start will be at 7.00pm. (This is only if you are normally > 160%).


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