Irish Mountain
Running Association

Ballyhoura Peak Marathon (+ WMRA LDC Trial '20)

Trail/Hill race in Ardpatrick, County Limerick
Saturday 8 August, 2020
Climb (m):
Distance (km):
Event Difficulty:
7 (1,3,3) - Easy Terrain, >500M ascent, >10Km
Race Marking:
Route fully marked - Route fully marked
GPS Allowed:
International Championships & Selection Trials 
Entry opens:
2020-07-25 00:00:00
Entry closes:
2020-08-03 21:00:00
Entry limit:
Entry cost:
Route Description:

WMRA Long Distance Championships Trial
This is a trial for senior athletes interested in completing at the 2020 WMRA World Long Distance Championships to be held in Lanzarote. It will consist of 4 laps of 10.5km. The loop map is given at the following link:

Senior Men and Senior Women will compete on the same course

Note: World Championships will be subject to a separate trial race to be held in Crone Woods

Getting There:

Carpark and registration will be near the trailhead for the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails in Ardpatrick, Co. Limerick from 9am, with the race starting at 10am sharp. To get here from the N20, turn off at the church in Ballyhea (go east), and travel about 11km to Ardpatrick. Take a right turn here at the village, and then take another right after 2.7km (signposted Castle-Oliver View). The carpark is visible on the right after about 1km (OSI grid reference: R 655 186).

Accommodation: Ballyhoura Luxury Hostel : (063) 91 625
Organisers Instructions:
This will be a race open to all runners. It is a tough 4 loop course with aid station available every 10km. It will summit Seefin mountain 4 times. As with all races in foreseeable future, fave covering rule will be in place at start and finish zones.************************************************************************************************************************************** Those interested in competing in this to try for a place on the Irish Team heading to the World Long Distance Mountain running Championships should register their interest at:

World Long Distance Championships Trial - Ballyhoura

ENTRIES Enter online - you must first register with MyImra. Northern Ireland Mountain Running Association runners running their first IMRA race in 2020 should email to get a complimentary registration number and then use this number to enter online.

General Criteria of Selection of Internationals:

Selection will be carried out on the following basis.

  1. Performance in any trial race held by IMRA. Target times will be set for trial races, those runners completing the race quicker than this time will be considered for selection according to the order they finish. Achieving the target time is not a guarantee of selection. Where no runners complete the race within the target time the selection committee may, at their discretion, select athletes who ran the trial in order to complete a team, develop promising newcomers to hill running or account for particularly tough weather or course conditions on the day of the trial.
  2. Performance in alternative races to the trial race will be considered only where the athlete has contacted the selectors in advance, via email to, to inform them of their inability to attend the trial race and agreed with the selection committee an alternative race to be used to judge form at the time of the trial race.
  3. In all circumstances the selection committee will have the option to select full teams, individual athletes or no athletes for a championship. When making final selections the selection committee will consider the panel of runners available, the financial backing available to support any athletes that may qualify for selection and the potential for success of a team made up from the available runners. Only when the funding is available and athletes of sufficient standard are available will individuals or teams be selected.

World Championship Selection Basis:

First two qualifying athletes in the trial race in all categories, provided that the guideline selection times are achieved. Other positions for selection will also be considered based on the trial race and on individual ranking as per recent performances at other National and International running events completed within the 6 months preceding the trial race (preference is given to performances in the mountains). This means that full teams may not be selected to travel to the Championship event.

World Championship Selection Target Times:

  • Senior Men: 3hrs 20min
  • Senior Ladies: 3hrs 50min

All queries regarding selection should be directed to as soon as possible.

Further details can be found in the IMRA Competition Rules and IMRA High Performance Strategy.

Race entry will open Sunday 26th and close Sunday Aug 2nd 6pm Race entry €40
Prizegiving Location:
No prize giving or gatherings at the moment because of restrictions.

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
HelperLiam O'DonnellYes
HelperWilliam O DonoghueYes