|Pól Ó Murchú||Jan 4 2016, 1:11pm||Anyone like to RD this one. Happy to help with the pre race organisation, registration etc.|
|Laura Flynn||Jan 5 2016, 2:55pm||See my reply directly to committee PÃ³l. Subject to race director coming forward I see we still need first aid person if someone would please volunteer for this. Also shadow lap-top needed. Meant some of helpers who've already volunteered are trained?|
|Laura Flynn||Jan 8 2016, 8:15pm||I will RD Howth next week. Have we a contact in the hotel? If not I will just call|
|Mary Collins||Jan 9 2016, 4:48pm||Hi Laura|
Thanks for offering to be RD for Howth.
I have put my name down as a non running volunteer.
Happy to help Gerry to mark course/demark and stay out as a marshall duing race. But also do not mind if you need to give me another duty on the day.
|Laura Flynn||Jan 11 2016, 12:49pm||Thanks a million Mary and to all who have volunteered so far. I will put you down to de-mark the course as Gerry is marking. If you can also do Marshall that would be great.Can you liaise with the marker for next race to make sure you hand over flags/tape etc to them?|
I will post in next few days re other duties.
Looks like we still need a First-aider if someone would please put their hand up I'd appreciate it.
|Laura Flynn||Jan 11 2016, 2:37pm||Should have checked first... Just see Aidan has volunteered for first aid!|
|Andreas Kusch||Jan 11 2016, 10:19pm||The start time is down as 10.30. I thought I saw a 12 o'clock start a little while ago. Laura, can you please clarify the start time. Thanks.|
|Shane O'Malley||Jan 11 2016, 10:25pm||Infact all the times for the Winter league have changed to 10:30|
Pretty sure that is wrong.
|Laura Flynn||Jan 11 2016, 10:28pm||The start time is as per web-site Andreas , 10.30am|
|Shane O'Malley||Jan 11 2016, 10:31pm||So Laura, you are saying the times have changed for the races. ?|
When did this happen?
|Paul Smyth||Jan 11 2016, 10:55pm||It was stated in the forum announcing the calendar's availability that initially the details would be taken from last year's races but that they would be updated in due course.|
|Shane O'Malley||Jan 11 2016, 11:14pm||6 days before the race? |
I also remember a conversation where it was decided not to change the times as it gives people from outside dublin time to get there.
Also mentioned was that it gives time for ice to thaw not just for the runners but also the race markers.
Last Sat i arranged lifts for the 10 people from our group going which now has to be rearranged. I have to rearrange the lifts anyway as something else has come up but still a bit awkward.
Can we confirm that all the races in the Winter/Spring league are now 10:30 AM.
|Brian O Murchu||Jan 11 2016, 11:57pm||Hi Shane,|
That is most unfortunately that you have to rearrange times for lifts. There was a disclaimer that "start times, prize giving locations, specific instructions from RD) are subject to change". The most up-to-date information is on the event page. Hope to see you on the start line.
|Gavan Duffy||Jan 12 2016, 9:06am||Great idea bringing back the times to 10.30, will have an afternoon to relax before Monday morning now!|
|Paul Smyth||Jan 12 2016, 10:24am||I also favour the earlier start time.|
|Laura Flynn||Jan 12 2016, 11:24am||Shane, it is indeed unfortunate for you and your friends that you have been discommoded in you travel arrangements. However, as Brian has pointed out, the original calendar was posted with the provisio that it was subject to change. These changes have taken, and will continue to take place for a number of reason which reasons are not necessarily ventilated on the forum but rather discussed at committee level.|
The committee and particularly Karen and Eoin spent a large number of hours over the past weeks, including over Christmas, putting together the 2016 calendar. We invited comments via the forum for a designated period of time and these comments were taken on board as far as possible. If you have ever been involved in organising events yourself I have no doubt you will understand the work involved and also that it's impossible to please all the people all of the time. Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday.
|Shane O'Malley||Jan 12 2016, 11:31am||All fine Laura. I was just taken a little by surprise as it was only Paul Smyth's post that alerted me. |
Martin Bagnell's shared google calendar has been updated with the new times and i must admit i am in favour of the earlier times as it allows for family time in the afternoons.
Sorry to be missing the race myself (Gone soft with too much road running) but will be there for Race 2.
I know how much work you guys put in and am very grateful.
|Laura Flynn||Jan 12 2016, 11:58am||I have allocated the following roles to volunteers for Sunday:|
Giving out numbers: David Rouse, Matthew Sammon, Dermot Mc Namara and Liam Cannon.
Manning sign-in sheets (one for pre-paid sign-ins and one for vouchers):
Ray Linn and Declan O'Dwyer.
Marshall and de-marking course: Mary Collins.
Second Marshall: Tim Chapman ( Mary and Tim, if you can collect high viz jacket from me first and then go to Gerry for directions as to where you are to stand).
Parking: Sarah Ni Ruairc (it should be straight-forward enough Sarah expect that part of the course is in the car-park. If you can liaise with Gerry on the morning he will point it out to you and you can put cones down and then just make sure people avoid that stretch. I will give you a high viz jacket ).
Recording finishers: Sarah, Grace Egan,Declan O'Dwyer and Matthew Sammon.
I hope I haven't missed anyone or anything,mic so please feel free to point out to me!
If anyone has any problems please let me know.
Start time is 10.30am the for race. I plan to be there between 8.30 and 9.if volunteers can be there between 9 and 9.15 and report to me.
|Inigo Alana||Jan 12 2016, 12:19pm||Hi Laura,|
It turns out I'm available to volunteer on Sunday if you need more help.
|Laura Flynn||Jan 12 2016, 7:44pm||Thanks Inigo, I might ask you to Marshall as Gerry recommended 3 marshals for the course so wrap up well!|
|Craig Deery||Jan 13 2016, 1:49pm||Good afternoon, I'll be competing for the first time on Sunday and am looking forward to the race.|
Can someone clarify the start location as the 'Description' mentions Howth GAA Club but the map and 'Race Description' show/mention Deer Park Golf Course. Thanks.
|Gareth Little||Jan 13 2016, 3:40pm||Hi Craig, it's Deer Park Golf Course|
|Craig Deery||Jan 13 2016, 4:25pm||Thanks Gareth, see you there!|
|Mary Collins||Jan 14 2016, 2:39pm||Hi Laura|
With regards to number of marshalls I agree that 3 minimum needed--as per your note on advice from Gerry.
Will plan to be one of marshalls as per earlier note and help demark. Would it be possible for one of other marshalls on the day to help demark part of course also.
Also in last few years Gerry has had one or two of us help with marking--so if necessary happy to go out early with him--unless you need me at registation area before race starts. Thanks, Mary Collins
|Laura Flynn||Jan 14 2016, 2:47pm||Thanks for your input Mary. I'm meeting Gerry 9am so if you're there too I'm sure he'd welcome your help. TIM , can you help Mary de- mark course after race?|
|Tim Chapman||Jan 14 2016, 2:59pm||I can indeed. I was going to have a little jog around with the young one so happy to demark as we go.|
|Colm Moran||Jan 14 2016, 3:51pm||Hi, I'm trying to enter for the Howth race, but can only find a â‚¬7 entry fee, but I would like to enter as a student for â‚¬5.|
Is this option available?
|Gerard Clerkin||Jan 15 2016, 9:42am||The option to pay for entry to Sunday's race seems to have disappeared from the Purchase IMRA Products list. I believe Saturday at 6pm is the cut off time so it looks like there's a technical issue?|
|Brian O Murchu||Jan 15 2016, 9:50am||Hi Gerard,|
If you plan on doing a few races, the 10-race voucher is good value for money....just putting it out there!
|Gerard Clerkin||Jan 15 2016, 10:00am||Hi Brian. |
I actually registered for Howth a few days ago but my wife was trying to register this morning and had this issue. If the only option is to purchase the vouchers then I guess she'll do that but I presume there will be others in the same situation today and tomorrow who'd rather not shell out â‚¬50.
|Bronagh Cheetham||Jan 15 2016, 10:59am||Gerard, U should be allowed use your voucher for your wife also - ie â‚¬50 race voucher is not runner specific so can use for both of you. that was the case last year unless this has changed this year - Im sure some of the committee will clarify this for you.|
|Gerard Clerkin||Jan 15 2016, 11:43am||Hi Bronagh,|
I don't have race vouchers at present but that's not really the issue. I registered individually for the Howth race a few days ago and paid my â‚¬7 but that option seems to have disappeared for no apparent reason. I though it was worth highlighting it on here because the new registration details specifically mention 6pm the day before a race as the cut-off time for online entries.
|Michael Murphy||Jan 15 2016, 12:05pm||Hi, There are no Carpool ads for Sunday. I am looking for a lift for 2 guys from Dublin 8/12, for pick up in town because Dart or Bus times on Sunday morning would leave us uncomfortably tight for registration. Able to make own way back.|
|Ian O'Kane||Jan 15 2016, 12:16pm||Michael, I am going from Dublin 12 and have a couple of spaces. You can get me at o86 3929297|
|Aidan Hurley||Jan 15 2016, 2:13pm||Another issue (perhaps not for most people but perhaps for the younger generation who may not have access to a credit card) is that Laser cards don't exist anymore. These were replaced with visa-debit cards, which the system currently doesn't recognise.|
|Graham K. Bushe||Jan 15 2016, 2:21pm||I used the Visa option to pay for my membership and it worked ok (using a Visa Debit card)|
|Maider Gaston||Jan 15 2016, 2:41pm||Hi guys, same issue as Michael, no bus or dart options early in the morning on Sunday. Looking for a lift if someone is driving from Dublin, anywhere around city centre?|
|Gavin PJ Murray||Jan 15 2016, 2:44pm||I'm thinking of popping along on Sunday, have purchased a booklet of 10 races online during week, Noobie questions : |
Is registration for the Howth event closed (no longer able to purchase specific â‚¬7 event on site?
Do you physically get a booklet of vouchers or are these virtual system vouchers?
When you're doing your first IMRA event can you collect your race number/vouchers before event on race day?
If you have a booklet of vouchers can you register on the day of event?
|Pól Ó Murchú||Jan 15 2016, 2:52pm||Registration open again now. Apologies date was entered incorrectly to close today. |
@Gavin - you get a card which is stamped each time you use. With this you can register on the day.
|Gavin PJ Murray||Jan 15 2016, 2:55pm||Thanks Pol|
|Emer Conroy||Jan 15 2016, 3:07pm||Hi, for first timer - is race number provided on the day or should I print out? thanks|
|Laura Flynn||Jan 15 2016, 3:19pm||Karen, you will collect your number on the morning at race registration. You can print off the email confirmation and bring it to registration but we will have a record of all entrants at registration and corresponding numbers.|
You will keep your number and use it for any other IMRA races you do in 2016. See you on Sunday!
|Laura Flynn||Jan 15 2016, 4:02pm||Registration for Howth this Sunday should now be available again. Apologies to all affected... There will probably be a few glitches as we get the new system up and running so please bear with us.|
|Stephen Mc Cabe||Jan 16 2016, 3:32pm||Hi, I'm a newbie and I apologise if it's posted elsewhere but what time does registration open and close tomorrow morning? Thanks|
|Laura Flynn||Jan 16 2016, 3:47pm||Good question Stephen. |
I hope to have registration open around 9.15am and close 1 hour later to allow race to start on time.
We may need to be a little flexible on this as its first race of the year and everyone will be collecting their number for the year.
|Jean O'Neill2||Jan 16 2016, 5:42pm||Emer, you will use the same race number for every race in 2016. But at the end of each race you return your number and collect it again for the next race you run.|
|Laura Flynn||Jan 16 2016, 5:44pm||Someone has contacted me looking for a lift to race tomorrow from Dunloaghaire// Blackrock area. If anyone has a spare seat I would be grateful if they would contact her directly at 085 7371581|
|Laura Flynn||Jan 16 2016, 5:48pm||They system is changing this year Jean. You do NOT hand back your race number after each race. You keep your number for the year and it's your responsibility to bring it to each race.|
|Brendan Arthurs||Jan 16 2016, 6:31pm||Daft question, but with the new online pre registration approach for each race, how do I register / do I need to register online for tomorrow's race if I've already bought the multi race voucher? I can't see any option to do so other than by paying for the race individually?|
|Jason Smith||Jan 16 2016, 6:32pm||I'm was about to ask same question Brendan|
|Richard Nunan||Jan 16 2016, 6:38pm||If you purchased a race voucher, you must have also paid your Annual Membership. So you have already registered.|
Tomorrow just bring the print out of the email. You will be able to sign in and get both your Voucher and your "Race Number" for the year.
|Filipe Sousa||Jan 16 2016, 7:31pm||Hi, is registration for tomorrow's race closed?|
|Karen Devenney||Jan 16 2016, 9:35pm||Hi Filipe, yes online pre-registration closes at 6pm the evening before the race. However, you can still race tomorrow provided you have completed the annual registration online and either bought a voucher yourself or if any of your friends have vouchers, you could buy a race from them for tomorrow. Hope that helps!|
|Mags Fitzgerald||Jan 16 2016, 9:49pm||Why is the option to buy a voucher booklet no longer in the â€˜purchase sectionâ€™?|
|damien mc donnell||Jan 16 2016, 10:03pm||hello sorry I would like to do the howth event tomorrow is it to late to buy a voucher booklet or is there anyway of paying at the race sorry for the late question . thanks a million|
|Karen Devenney||Jan 16 2016, 10:11pm||Vouchers should be available for purchase now|
|Filipe Sousa||Jan 16 2016, 10:15pm||How many vouchers are there in the booklet?|
|damien mc donnell||Jan 16 2016, 10:22pm||thanks a million karen|
|Arron Fox||Jan 16 2016, 10:24pm||hello, just wondering, i'd like to race tomorrow in howth, but if I purchase the 50 voucher, would my partner also able to use it during the summer races?|
|Karen Devenney||Jan 16 2016, 10:31pm||Filipe, there are 10 races in a voucher which means you get the reduced rate of â‚¬5 per race|
Arron, the voucher is not runner specific so not only can your partner use it, you could also share with friends too if you so wished. Also for the first time, unused vouchers purchased this year can roll into next year
|Arron Fox||Jan 16 2016, 10:34pm||thank so much, looking forward to tomorrows run.|
|Filipe Sousa||Jan 16 2016, 10:36pm||Thank you all!|
|Gerry Brady||Jan 17 2016, 12:13am||Reminder: Non-juniors do 2 laps of the outer loop (anti-clockwise) whereas juniors do 1 loop then complete the Deerpark loop (clockwise). When you see a marshall tell them you are a junior so they will know not to direct you back up the steepest climb a second time.|
There will be plenty of marking tape so if you are not seeing any, consider retracing your steps!
At the furthest point on the outer loop, you pass a mast and then have a narrow rough descent. This is the only point on the course where you might meet a car so keep your eyes open.
It is a very technical course with lots of turns and rough stony ground underfoot. The course has dried out but will still be mucky in places. Lift your head up at times to enjoy the spectacular views of the sea off Howth, Bull Island, and the rock formations in Deerpark itself.
The start is in the car park but 150 metres later you hit a steep climb up steps. If you are going to walk up the climb then hang back a little at the start so as not to create an unnecessary obstruction. There will be plenty of time out on the course to regain ground.
The finish is where you entered the forest and not in the carpark where the start is.
|Brendan Lawlor||Jan 17 2016, 9:30am||Best of luck to everyone running at Howth today in the first race of the year. Please bear with Laura and the committee as the new registration system settles in. There will be a few bumps along the road but everyone agrees its the way to go. And be extra kind to the President if he turns up after doing the Art O'Neill yesterday, he might be a bit tired the poor lad !|
|Gerry Brady||Jan 17 2016, 3:20pm||Well done to all runners today - so many hats and gloves and leggings on such a warm day!|
My watch has the senior course at 5.71 km with 255 metres climb. Has anyone got measurements to compare with this?
We inquired in the bar afterwards about the possibility of starting the race further down the drive-in and it looks as though that will be possible for the next time once we minimise our interference with cars driving in and out.
|Jeff Swords||Jan 17 2016, 3:53pm||5.57 and 247 is what I have.|
We started last summers race down at the Castle to spread the field out before the steps so shouldn't be an issue next time. I think it's a bit quiter on a Wednesday evening than a Sunday morning though.
|Ruairí Short||Jan 17 2016, 4:04pm||5.56km 196m climb is what I have.|
|James Higgins||Jan 17 2016, 4:28pm||5.57 & 132m climb from my Garmin.|
|Colm Hill||Jan 17 2016, 4:32pm||5.67km 290m|
|Regina Kelly||Jan 17 2016, 4:46pm||Hi Guys. Checked it out on mapometer which takes info from the OS maps. It got 5.67 and 221m |
|Gerry Brady||Jan 17 2016, 5:39pm||We are all getting similar distances. Anyone know why the climb is varying so much? Is it the website reading the gpx file or the gpx file? Does it depend on how frequently the watch is taking altitude readings?|
|Miriam Maher||Jan 17 2016, 5:40pm||Thanks Laura and all of your team of volunteers this morning. Great morning at the first race of the year. Course really well marked and given the huge pressure of first time using the new registration system, brilliant job done by all of you.|
|Jeff Swords||Jan 17 2016, 6:10pm||Depends on the watch Gerry.|
Most use GPS to work out your altitude based on your locations.
Others have an built in barometers which tend to be more accurate.
The figure I gave for the elevation gain was from a watch with a barometer.
|Laura Flynn||Jan 17 2016, 6:13pm||Thanks to all the volunteers today. I forgot to voice my thanks at the race but you were all brilliant on what was always going to be a difficult event being the first of the year and with the new system.|
There were a few issues with numbers which we hope to iron out before the next race. If anyone notices any discrepancies in the results please let us know.
|Karen Devenney||Jan 17 2016, 6:17pm||Results are up. |
There were a few issues with some missing results and mixed up numbers so if you see any mistakes (or there's no result for you) please email me at karen.devenney at imra dot ie.
DO NOT post issues here - they will not be rectified!
Well done to all who ran today, the first race after Christmas is never easy! Thanks also for your patience with the new registration changes - there were a few teething problems but hopefully all will run smoothly for the next few races
A reminder to take care of your race number and remember to bring it with you to the next race!
|Laura Flynn||Jan 17 2016, 6:20pm||I found a yellow rain jacket and a bike key after the race. If they belong to you please call or text me on 087 7420795 and I will arrange to get it to you.|
|Inigo Alana||Jan 17 2016, 6:27pm||Somebody gave me a hat they found, grey with 3 black stripes. I forgot to mention it back at the bar. If the owner shows up here, I'll try to bring it with me next time.|
|Brian O Murchu||Jan 17 2016, 8:22pm||Well done to Ian O'Kane who joined the Club100 today!|
|Pól Ó Murchú||Jan 17 2016, 8:27pm||Thanks Laura and all volunteers today. Excellent race. We had a great turnout for the first race of the year and as usual there was a bit of a delay getting everyone through reg in time. It's no easy task getting 260+ runners signed in and numbers for all in the space of an hour. The new system seemed to be working well and certainly takes a lot of work away from volunteers on the day and taking a massive amount of the pressure away from RDs and Laptop ops too. There seem to be a couple who have run with incorrect numbers not sure if you happened to have put them down somewhere and picked up the wrong number or they got switched while picking up somehow...we won't name and shame but if you can get In Touch with Karen or myself and we can fix for you...This in turn skewed some of the ladies results ahem again not mentioning any names :-) We would ask runners to be careful when picking up their number that they ask for the correct number and ensure you have been given the right number too. Also careful that it is your race number and not voucher number. All in all seems to be fine and certainly no more issues than the old system. Thanks all for your cooperation.|
|Karen Devenney||Jan 17 2016, 9:40pm||It has been highlighted that a few more people ran the short course today (1 lap only) than appear on the results. In the interest of fairness to all race participants, if you did complete the short course today or indeed at any IMRA race, please make sure to let the laptop operator or manual results marshalls know so that results are accurately recorded.|
|Colm Moran||Jan 17 2016, 11:42pm||Gerry - 5.63km 189m climb|
|Gerry Brady||Jan 17 2016, 11:53pm||Thanks for course measurements. Any chance an orienteer with a map of Howth would do a manual count - I think the course is on the orienteering map? It would be interesting to get this input as the watch estimates differ by 100m of ascent or 50%!|
|Colm Hill||Jan 18 2016, 7:19am||+/- 275m |
|Thomas Roche||Jan 26 2016, 2:22pm||I didn't enter for this event but my name and race number (371)is on the results page. I just want to make sure my number has not been duplicated as I am entered for Hellfire this weekend.|
|Thomas Roche||Jan 26 2016, 2:33pm||Sorry, I just seen Karens post from Jan 17th. I will mail her :)|
|Thomas Roche||Jan 26 2016, 2:33pm||Sorry, I just seen Karens post from Jan 17th. I will mail her :)|