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Glendalough Clover (Relay)

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Greg ByrneJul 29 2017, 10:25pmGlendalough Clover 3 Leg Relay Race

Entry is now open for the Glendalough Clover Relay. Team captains can purchase entry for their teams through their myIMRA account. They should then register their team details using the online entry form available at:

The event will be a relay race covering a total of 80 km on way-marked trail. Total Ascent/Descent will be in the region of 3,000 metres.

There will be no open-mountain navigation required, but it would be advised to recce the course beforehand if possible. Full course details are provided in the Race Book available to download as a PDF through Race Details page on this website.

The start/finish and transition area between each relay leg will be the same location beside the car park of the Upper Lake in Glendalough. 3 water stations will be located at the Wicklow Gap, Lough Dan and Glenmalure.

There are basically 3 legs to the race, each leg starting and finishing at the transition area beside the upper lake in Gelndalough.

The breakdown of the 3 legs are roughly as follows:
(1) A loop of the Spink, then Out & Back to Wicklow Gap via St Kevins Way. (approx. 25km)
(2) Out & Back to Lough Dan, along the way-marked Wicklow Way until Oldbridge. (approx. 30km)
(3) Out & Back to Glenmalure via way-marked Wicklow Way. (approx. 25 km)

There will be two scoring systems used to assess the final team ranking,

The first will be will be the accumulated race time. That is to say that the first team home are the winners…etc… prizes will be awarded to the 3 fastest teams.

The second system will use race times adjusted using a bonus system outlined in the race pack on the events pages. All categories, except MS &M40 will attract times bonuses. Prizes will be awarded to the 3 top ranked teams.

Team are only eligible for one prize on the day.

Please use this thread for relay questions only. Questions or discussions for the solo event should be posted on the separate thread for the solo race.
Adrian Tucker RIPAug 19 2017, 11:10amEntries to the first ever running of the Glendalough Clover Relay remain open for one more week.
1 Team = 3 people,
See the event page and the link to the Race booklet will explain the options for Teams.
The individual leg distance and the terrain for each of the three legs of the GC Relay would be similar to the Morris Mullins Half, so plenty of options for the 200 entrants of that event to get together and create a few teams.
Gordon PlaceAug 22 2017, 12:12pmIf anyone is trying to put together a last minute team and stuck for a third runner, I'd be happy to do leg 1.

Greg ByrneAug 24 2017, 8:37amDetails of the diversion on Leg 3 have been uploaded as a photo. A small detour, that is well marked and provides a slightly shorter route overall.

If you have any questions then don't hesitate to get in touch.

And remember registration closes this Sunday night.
Greg ByrneAug 25 2017, 11:32amRACE START TIME CHANGED

The relay race will now start with the solo runners @ 6 AM.

Entries close this weekend.
Greg ByrneAug 30 2017, 1:31pmTeams entered for Saturday's Relay:

Easier Said Than Run
Ann Horan, Shane O'Malley & Renata Rogic
Time Bonus Available: 00:45:00

Glenmalure lassies
Martina O Kearney Flynn, Bernie Byrne & Hilary Jenkinson
Time Bonus Available: 00:45:00

The Scary Boys
Annraoi Campbell, Pierre Murchan & Paul Morrissey
Time Bonus Available: 00:00:00

Gordon Place, John Moran &David Rouse
Time Bonus Available: 00:00:00

Glenmalure Goats
Paul Mahon, Cormac O Ceallaigh & Hugh Mc Lindon
Time Bonus Available: 00:00:00

Caoimhin MacMaolain, Dirk Hamburger & Conor Daly
Time Bonus Available: 00:30:00
Greg ByrneAug 30 2017, 1:32pmRace Start Time...

RELAY STARTS AT 6am on Saturday
Adrian Tucker RIPSep 1 2017, 10:40amFinal Instruction for Glendalough Clover.
Registration is at the Upper Lake Carpark 5:15am to 5:45am.
Admission to the carpark is €4 and you need to have the exact change for the automated barrier.
Race Briefing at 5:50am.
Race Start at 6am for both Solo and Relay.
Relay Runners will wear a Bib to distinguish them from Solo runners (collected at registration).
Drop Bag and Key drop will be located beside Transition Area which is 50M south of carpark.
Race Start Line is located approx. 100M west of carpark and beside the beach/lake.
Ensure you have all the Mandatory Kit for registration and carry same throughout the full race.
Mandatory Kit list can be seen in the Roadbook which is linked on the event page. It is recommended that all participants will have read the Roadbook.
There are 5 checkpoints throughout the course: Wicklow Gap(1), Transition at Glendalough(2), Lough Dan(3), Transition at Glendalough(4) and Glenmalure(5).
A Race Marshall will be in place at each Checkpoint to record and tag your arrival/departure.
Liquids in the form of Water and Cola will be available at all 5 Checkpoints.
Snack food: bananas, oranges, nut’s n raisin, sweets n treats will also be available at all 5 Checkpoints.
Weather is looking good for most of the day. There may be some fog for early morning and some rain is predicted for later in the evening. Temperature in the range of 15 to 18 degrees.
Have a good day!
Hilary JenkinsonSep 3 2017, 3:02pmThank you to Adrian and Greg for a well organized race and to the cheery volunteers who had a long day at turnarounds. Great event and look forward to doing it again next year.
Adrian Tucker RIPSep 3 2017, 5:23pmProvisional Results of the Glendalough Clover Relay:

1. Glenmalure Goats 07:19.
2. The Scary Boys 07:50.
3. Easier said than Done: 07:56.
4. Glenmalure lassies: 08:10.
5. Yukon 08:41.
6. Plamorouse 09:28.
Adrian Tucker RIPSep 3 2017, 6:03pmA massive Thank You to all the volunteers that helped throughout yesterday, and throughout the weeks and the months that led up to what turned out to be an exceptional day in Glendalough at the first (and hopefully not the last) running of the Glendalough Clover Relay event.
Special mention for Greg Byrne, Eilis Connery, Anthony O'Reilly, James Tucker, Derek Charles, Gerry Doyle, Justin Rea, Tim Chapman, Mark Walker, Juju Jay, Ciara Murphy and Renata Rogic. Each and every one played a great part in making sure the event went smoothly. Also a special thank you to our car parking helpers Shane O' Malley and Denise Mathers who rowed in when the one little hiccup occurred in the early hours!! :-)
Caoimhin MacMaolainSep 3 2017, 6:06pmJust want to echo all of the thanks and appreciation put forward here for the organisers and volunteers of this race yesterday. It was brilliantly organised and thoroughly enjoyable.
Paul MahonSep 3 2017, 7:09pmGreat concept, planning, execution and weather - Hats off to Adrian, Greg and all involved in the organisation of both solo and relay events that are sure to prove increasingly popular in years to come :-)
Gordon PlaceSep 3 2017, 7:52pmCant say much more than that! Thanks everyone, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Greg ByrneSep 7 2017, 3:43pmResults

A link to the detailed results for the Glendalough Clover Relay has been added to the event details page.
Rory CampbellSep 8 2017, 9:54pmReports from Richard and me over on the solo event page