Irish Mountain
Running Association

Trooperstown Winter

Long loop over unnamed "Boots" mountain and Trooperstown Hill itself
Saturday 11 March, 2023
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:
Leinster Spring League 
Entry opens:
2023-03-07 18:00:00
Entry closes:
2023-03-10 18:00:00
Entry limit:
None set
Entry cost:
€7 for seniors, €5 for over 65s and under 18s
Vouchers Allowed:
Yes. Race vouchers may be used to enter this event on the day.
Route Description:

Race route - starting at the usual spot, just beyond the barrier. Up the fire road route, then as per the course map. Small change from previous years with route going through a small forest to minimise tarmac on the way out. On the way back, we won't be using the fire road route we went up, we will finish down a cool single track with the right turn onto the finish straight. All will be marked, couple of marshals on course too. Avg Ascent/Descent Grade: 7.1%/-7.4% (be warned that descent off Trooperstown Hill has a -27% descent grade, and the final descent through the tress has a -24% descent grade). If the numbers don't mean much to you, the -27% basically means a very steep descent. However, don't let the descents / steepness put you off. There is always the option to walk down the steep bits. Short course/junior route U18 - as main race, but turn R up the steep climb to the top of Trooperstown Hill, then back from there exactly as the main race. Distance 5k. U10 (one loop) run a loop in opposite direction to the main race - up through the forest onto the tarmac road, down the fire road to the finish. Distance 2k. Under 10's need to be accompanied. U14 (two loops of above), i.e 4k. Start 10-15 minutes after main race

Early Start: There will be an early start for runners averaging over 160% of the winning time at 10:30am

Juniors will start 10/15 minutes after main field and run a loop in opposite direction to the main race - up through the forest onto the tarmac road, down the fire road to the finish, younger ones 1 loop, under 14's two loops. Under 10's need to be accompanied
Getting There:

Take the M50 Southbound, get off at the Roundwood exit (Kilmacanogue) and follow the signs towards Laragh, drive through Annamoe and follow the bend left. 1.5km further down (keep the River Inchavore on your left), you'll see a brown sign saying "Trooperstown", turn in here and follow the minor road to the car park at the river before the stone bridge. Parking is very tight and the road through the parking area is a public road, so please be careful. Grid ref for parking: T 158 969. CARPOOL: PLEASE carpool from Roundwood, there is on-road parking as you enter the village and some at the prize-giving location (Kavanagh's Roundwood). WARNING: Single occupancy cars may have to be directed to park in Laragh and jog to the registration / start (1.6km). Please follow Marshalls' directions at all times.

Organisers Instructions:
Please remove dirty shoes entering the Mountain Rescue centre


No jacket = no result. Bring the mandatory jacket and have it crossing the finish line.


You should start the race at the specified gun-times, or choose a distance that suits your ability.

Please car pool as much as possible from Roundwood. And co-operate with the nice parking marshals :-) We will have to close registration in time for the laptop crew to set up at the start. So the registration queue will close at 10:45 sharp. Anyone not in the queue by that stage will not be allowed enter the race. So please turn up in good time! It's likely to be muddy and slippy up on the hill, so grippy shoes are recommended, flats will definitely put you at a disadvantage. And please keep in mind this race takes in more exposed open hillside than most of the other winter league races, so come prepared - windproof/waterproof top (mandatory), hat, gloves (recommended). 

  • Please sign-in first, then collect your number, then proceed to the laptop desk to get your chip registered and scanned.
  • If you have a chip from previous years, please bring it with you for reprogramming
  • If you do not have a chip, one will be provided to you free of charge
  • Your chip will and number will be yours for the entire 2023 race year. Please retain both for the year, they are your responsibility. Replacement number or chips will be charged at €5 and can be purchased online.
  • Please make your number clearly visible on the front of your chest. Do not wear it on your shorts, as it cannot be seen easily by the finish line spotters.
  • If you must use a race belt for your number, please ensure that it is facing frontwards when crossing the line.
  • Fix your timing chip on your shoe laces. Anywhere else and it will not register on the timing mat. Cable ties will be provided at the chip-desk.
  • If you cannot finish the race for any reason, please let a volunteer know. Otherwise we could be out on the mountain for a while looking for you.
  • The RD can be contacted using the emergency phone number on the rear of your race number.
  • Prizegiving Location:
    Kavanagh's Roundwood.

    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
    HelperDavid RouseYes
    HelperDaniel O'BrienYes


    Driver SurnameFirstnameLocationPassing ThroughDepartureSeats AvailableSeats Accepted
    RouseDavidAshtown Dublin 15Castleknock/M5008:15:0020
    McKeownColumDublin 8Leonards Corner - South Dublin - Kilmac - Roundwood09:15:0022
    ParkerPeterCabinteelyCherrywood - Shankill - Kilmacanogue - Roundwood09:30:0022
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