|Daniel O'Brien||Feb 2 2023, 12:32pm||Hi, will there be a college championships in Trooperstown this year?|
|Mike Long||Feb 2 2023, 3:51pm||Daniel|
We hope so. Query has been put into committee. We will get back to you asap.
|Mike Long||Feb 15 2023, 7:43am||Dear All|
It would be fantastic if some of you could have a think about volunteering for Trooperstown on 11th March. Specifically we need:
- a course marker
- 3 people who would be willing to be on-course marshalls (more if there is to be a short course)
- 3 people to do parking (who could run aslo)
- some others for registration / finish etc.
PS Thanks to those who have volunteered already
|Eoin Hamilton||Feb 15 2023, 8:52am||Happy to volunteer for parking!|
|Mike Long||Feb 15 2023, 12:36pm||Fantastic Eoin Thanks|
|Daniel O'Brien||Feb 17 2023, 8:43am||Hi Mike,|
What would a course marker role entail?
|Warren Swords||Feb 17 2023, 10:33am||There's a great guide on how to mark a course in Appendix 2 here: https://www.imra.ie/constitution/|
New runners should probably read it anyway on how turns etc are marked.
|Jeff Swords||Feb 17 2023, 6:32pm||Yeah, it's a good guide. There's a fine line between marking a course well and overmarking it. Nothing worse when you're unmarking a course where's there's lots of unnecessarily tape tied tightly to gorse.|
|Mike Long||Feb 18 2023, 9:37pm||Daniel|
Thanks very much for the offer to be the course marker. However René has agreed to do Trooperstown. Perhaps you could consider another race?
|Daniel O'Brien||Feb 19 2023, 2:02pm||No worries Mike. I see the College Championships is up now, so I will want to run, but if you need help with parking I can come early and help there!|
|Mike Long||Feb 19 2023, 8:41pm||Daniel|
Would be delighted to have your help with parking and we will make sure you have enough time to warm up for the College Champs
|Mick Hanney||Feb 20 2023, 11:22am||Hi Mike, |
I can handover gear to you after my race if you call down Or can drop to Dublin Or be there early on your event day, whichever works best. Ph: 086 853 955 four
|Mike Long||Feb 21 2023, 8:54pm||Mick|
Appreciate that. Thanks. my current plan is to come down to your race but will be in touch
|Jenni Miley||Feb 22 2023, 8:39am||Happy to volunteer at this one if help needed. Thanks.|
|Mike Long||Feb 23 2023, 8:48pm||Excellent Jenni|
|Mike Long||Feb 26 2023, 8:13pm||Dear All|
Race now less than 2 weeks out. Would love to see a few more volunteers. Whether we have short course, junior courses etc. is a function of how many volunteers we have. Also a few of you have told me you will volunteer but have not formally registered as volunteers as yet.
Thanks to everyone who has volunteered so far.
|Patrick Marshall||Mar 1 2023, 6:22pm||Hi Mick,|
I can volunteer at this race. Let me know what capacity you need assistance on.
|Mike Long||Mar 3 2023, 12:44pm||Patrick that is excellent Put your name down on the volunteer list and I will be in contact via email Welcome any help at all which would suit you Mike|
|Mike Long||Mar 4 2023, 6:24pm||Dear All|
Hope those you you who were there enjoyed the super event at Annacurra today. Next installment is next Saturday at Trooperstown. Entries open Tuesday and close Friday at 6pm.
Looking for a few more volunteers as well please.
|Karl Bourne||Mar 4 2023, 10:02pm||Hi Mike, just wondering what the length and elevation would be for the junior's course? Is it roughly this? |
|Mike Long||Mar 5 2023, 11:17am||Karl|
Your route is fine for the younger juniors except the finish is down through the forest like the main race not around the fire road.
The older juniors do the short course, i.e. to summit of Trooperstown and back
|Rene Borg||Mar 6 2023, 9:31am||Did a pre-marking check on the route yesterday. the good news is, the trail has never been drier than yesterday and while that may change a bit before Saturday, it's looking good now.|
Long-term Trooperstown runners will notice a small change to the uphill part of the route where the course hits the tarmac road.
On the way up you'll be going straight onto mountain trails following a small mountain bike path/slip-lane. This cuts 100m of distance from the course and 230m of tarmac and introduces 300m of single-track not previously part of the course.
The new section can be seen here: https://www.strava.com/segments/33771818
You will come down exactly the way you are used to.
|Mike Long||Mar 6 2023, 3:53pm||Looks good. Thanks René. Some nice Strava segment time to be beaten!|
|REBECCA CAROLAN||Mar 7 2023, 7:55am||Any advice for a first timer doing this one?? Kind of scared reading about the descent in the course description!!!!|
|Mikey Fry||Mar 7 2023, 8:09am||Just take your time going down the steep descent and you’ll be fine Rebecca once you’ve done the first bit you’ll be plenty warmed up:)|
|Eimear Deegan||Mar 7 2023, 9:31am||Can vouchers be used or is it online sign up only?|
|Mike Long||Mar 7 2023, 11:23am||Vouchers will be accepted. |
Agree with Mikey on the steep descent. Take your time and enjoy the views of Glendalough.
|REBECCA CAROLAN||Mar 7 2023, 12:59pm||Thanks both, looking forward to it!|
|Mike Long||Mar 7 2023, 8:44pm||Entries now open until Friday at 6pm.|
We could do with one or two extra volunteers please (even those who want to run also)
|Jack Lawlor||Mar 7 2023, 10:19pm||Hi|
Do you need IMRA membership for the year to run the College Champs race? Or just one time payment for the race?
|Mike Long||Mar 7 2023, 10:33pm||Good question Jack|
I would need to seek some advice on that?
|Lillian Deegan||Mar 7 2023, 10:39pm||Hi Jack,|
Yes, you need to be a member to race. The same applies for all IMRA events. Annual membership also gives you your race bib No. for the year along side covering our insurance needs.
|Mike Long||Mar 9 2023, 12:21pm||Dear All|
A few people have asked me will the race go ahead given the weather conditions.
Our current plan is to go ahead
Our main concern might be possible ice conditions on the road especially around Roundwood.
Please keep an eye on the Forum and if any Roundwood resisdents have any information later in the week, perhaps they could share it
|Colum McKeown||Mar 10 2023, 10:07am||Hi,|
I've had two people accept seats in my car for Trooperstown tomorrow but I haven't received any details by email. I don't know if it's the same issue but I don't receive emails after entering races either.
Whoever has signed up for a lift, you can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange for tomorrow.
|Cillian Borg||Mar 10 2023, 10:16am||Currently the main R755 is more or less clear and gritted.|
The sideroads are fairly snow-filled but generally passable with clear driving tracks on most of them.
With the forecast afternoon rain now gone, the snow may stay in place until the morning rainfall (which could make for a slippy route - bring the grips).
I'll report further this afternoon as I'll do a bit of premarking - the state of the car park will be a key consideration but given Mountain Rescue is there and there are several locals who use that road daily, it's likely it should be ok.
|Rene Borg||Mar 10 2023, 10:25am||that last post was by me not my son btw. The joys of having to manage two accounts.|
|Mike Long||Mar 10 2023, 12:40pm||Thanks for the update René and Cillian|
Let us know how you get on this afternoon
|Rene Borg||Mar 10 2023, 1:14pm||Driving wise it should not be a problem and running wise it'll probably only add to the fun in the unlikely case it doesn't thaw away in the next 8 hours.|
The main constraint is what state the car park will be in. Ideally the sun this afternoon melts it away before the morning rain hits.
I'll be passing shortly to check on it and then return around 4 pm . will let you know well before the registration cut-off what it looks like.
|Mike Long||Mar 10 2023, 1:23pm||René would parking in Laragh and then jogging up to Trooperstown be an option ? It’s probably safe as there is a footpath all along that route|
|Rene Borg||Mar 10 2023, 1:40pm||All is clear at Trooperstown Wood. Baking sunshine here now|
|Mike Long||Mar 10 2023, 3:05pm||Brilliant René|
Really appreciate your help
|Kathryn Barr||Mar 10 2023, 3:36pm||Is anyone passing near UCD and might have a spare seat please?|
|Mike Long||Mar 10 2023, 3:46pm||Entries still open until 6pm|
- please park carefully and car pool if possible
- everyone must register and scan their chip in the Mountain Rescue centre
- no muddy shoes in the Centre
- jackets essential
|Karl Bourne||Mar 10 2023, 4:43pm||Hi Mike. What time does registration start and finish tomorrow please?|
|Roelie Smit||Mar 10 2023, 5:32pm||Other commitments for tomorrow cancelled so signed up to volunteer. Let me know if I am required or whether you have enough volunteers.|
|Laura Flynn||Mar 10 2023, 6:41pm||Hi Mike, at what time would you like volunteers to be there tomorrow?|
|Mike Long||Mar 10 2023, 6:44pm||Karl: 0930 to 1045|
Roelie: Thanks for thinking of us. Please come along
Laura: 9am please
|Clare Keeley||Mar 11 2023, 7:56am||Mike, I will up to Trooperstown later to collect the IMRA gear off you for next week. Clare|
|Mike Long||Mar 11 2023, 3:21pm||Clare|
Thanks and sorry if I caused any confusion. Gear left at the Mountain Rescue Centre in Trooperstown. Good luck next week.
|Gill McLoughlin||Mar 11 2023, 7:33pm||Thanks so much to Mike and his amazing team of volunteers for the race today, with particular thanks to the hardy souls on marshalling duty! Awesome conditions to run in!|
|Mick Hanney||Mar 11 2023, 7:55pm||Epic race conditions today. Thanks Mike and crew esp the marshals out in the cold and snow.|
|Caoimhin MacMaolain||Mar 12 2023, 12:43pm||Thanks very much to Mike and the hardy band of volunteers up at Trooperstown yesterday. The race was fantastic. A big thanks also to those responsible for organising what has been a most enjoyable Spring League - people like Conor on IT and Lillian on permits, etc. and all the RDs. Your efforts are much appreciated.|
|Alan Kennedy||Mar 12 2023, 12:58pm||Agree 100% with Caoimhin, my first year in IMRA and the Spring League was great to focus and plan for the runs all well in advance thanks to the yearly calendar. And allowing the flexibility of 3 from 5 events helped squeeze in other non-running family occasions. But seeing the photos from yesterday I really regret missing it now. Thanks again to all the RD’s and helpers.|
|Mike Walker||Mar 12 2023, 1:21pm||thank you Mike and all the marshals for organising and overseeing such a great event in what were tough conditions ... loved it|
|REBECCA CAROLAN||Mar 13 2023, 11:35am||Thank to everyone involved in Trooperstown, what a race! That descent was not for the faint hearted, thankfully I managed to stay upright though! |
Like Alan, this is my first year doing IMRA events or any kind of trail/mountain running for that, looking forward to many more to come!
|Eoin Hamilton||Mar 13 2023, 2:16pm||This was a fantastic race. I unfortunately did not stay upright on the final descent and had a bad encounter with some rocks. Thanks to all that helped me get down safe and sound - especially Theo Mooney, who gave up a top 5 spot to see me down safely. See you all in spring|
|Ben Conroy||Mar 13 2023, 5:27pm||Hey thanks a mill to organisers was a race to be remembered for sure..love the madness of it few dicey moment on the steep descent off Trooperstown some mean looking rock lurking under the snow.. hope the couple of folk who took tumbles not doing ok..|
Does anyone have any photos of the race I normally grab a few but didn't want to risk bricking my dodgy cracked iPhone in the snow..
|Ben Conroy||Mar 13 2023, 5:28pm||sorry to clarify typo..|
hope the couple of folk who took tumbles ARE doing ok.. ;o)
|Mary Collins||Mar 13 2023, 6:24pm||Thanks Mike to you and all your freezing cold,cheerful , encouraging volunteers for last Saturdays challenge! |
Very well marked, marshalled and supported.
|REBECCA CAROLAN||Mar 16 2023, 1:34pm||Ben, there are some pictures on the IMRA facebook page.|