Irish Mountain
Running Association

(Cancelled) - Wicklow Way Race

Wicklow Way Race
Saturday 31 October, 2020
Climb (m):
Distance (km):
Event Difficulty:
10 (Extreme) - Extreme, >1,000M ascent or > 30Km
Race Marking:
Route fully marked - Route fully marked
GPS Allowed:
Irish Ultra Championships 
Entry opens:
2020-09-25 09:00:00
Entry closes:
2020-10-03 23:59:59
Entry limit:
Entry cost:
Vouchers Allowed:
No. Online entry only for this race.
Route Description:

ITRA Points:
Endurance Level: 5
Mountain Level: 3
Finisher Criteria: 480
Trace de Trail

Organisers Instructions:

NOTE: Shop Entry period - Opens: 25.09.20 at 9am. Closes: 03.10.20 at 9pm or before if runner limit is reached.

Runner entry limit: 200

*15/10/20 Update* - Event CANCELLED.

** 20/09/20 Update** = Running a South/North race over the Wicklow Way from Clonegal, Carlow to Marlay Park, Dublin. The race route will have a maximum time allowance of 21 hours. The race will start by the Wicklow Way plaque in Clonegal and finish by the sister marker in Marlay Park.

  • Entry Criteria: You must have run an ultra race of at least 50km in 2019 or more recently to enter. Those intending to enter should email in advance of entry to confirm you reach the minimum entry standards. Send email to detailing name of qualifying race with link to qualifying race results.

    5 ITRA points have been allocated for finishers of this race.

  • Race registration/ sign-in: Clonegal, Carlow.

    Race entry costs 60 Euro.

  • Fees are Non refundable & Non transferable. There will be no waiting list for this event.

    All competitors need to be IMRA members to be able to purchase an entry. Annual Membership costs €10.

    IMRA MEMBERSHIP PROCEDURE: Login to your "myimra" account on If you don't have an account, create one using the REGISTER FOR MYIMRA link, and follow the instructions carefully. Go to the PURCHASE IMRA PRODUCTS page and purchase 2020 membership using a credit/debit card. Entry to the Wicklow Way Race can then be made via PURCHASE IMRA PRODUCTS.

    Runners must follow the Wicklow Way route as it is on the day of the race. This means that any diversions as signposted on the day must be followed.

  • Checkpoints & Crew Meeting point details:

  • CP - KM --- Name --- Cut Off Time

    Start - 00 -- Clonegal --- 00:00 - Crew Point

    CP1 - 17 -- Raheenakit --- 02:15 - Crew Point

    CP2 - 26 --The Dying Cow -- 03:30 - Crew Point

    CP3 - 50 -- Iron Bridge -- 07:30 - Crew Point

    CP4 -- 80 - Glendalough- lower lake car park -- 13:00 - Crew Point

    CP5 -- 104 -- Crone Woods -- 17:10 - Crew Point

    CP6 -- 115 -- Boranaraltry Bridge -- 18:50 ** NB: NO CREW AT THIS CP**

    Finish - 127 --- Marlay Park --- 21:00 - Crew Point

    Cut off times as outlined above will strictly apply. No exceptions will be made owing to the workload required in manning checkpoints and to protect the health and safety of runners and volunteers.


    ** RACE PACER/ Support Runner guidelines **

    If a participant wishes to have someone run a section of the course with them, this is permitted from the Glendalough CP onwards. Support runners are NOT permitted before this point on the race route. **Support runners are only permitted where the participant leaves the checkpoint 30 minutes or less before the cut off time for that check point.

    •Where the participant is exiting the Glendalough checkpoint between - 12:30 to 13:00 cut off.

    •Where the participant is exiting the Crone Woods checkpoint between - 16:40 to 17:10 cut off.

    The aim of this rule is to keep the front end of the race as fair as possible by ensuring those participants who do not have a support runner available to them are less likely to be competing against participants with a support runner. It also recognises that the runners closer to the cut off times and possibly struggling to make cut offs in order to finish within the strict 21 hour time limit can benefit from a support runner.

    Where a participant is accompanied by a support runner the participant must carry their own mandatory kit at all times - support runners are not permitted to carry runners mandatory kit.

    I will happily outright DQ anyone found not to be abiding by the above ask.


    Trophies will be awarded to the 1st male and female finishers along with a return entry for 2021. And all entrants who complete the full route in the allowed time will receive a memento marking their achievement. Dynafit and are back to support us this year. Details being finalised presently.


  • Mandatory Kit list as follows:

    • Waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers
    • Mobile phone - battery fully charged
    • Head Torch and spare batteries
    • Hi-Viz/reflective upper outer layer
    • Map of Route & Compass
    • Food & Drink
    • Whistle
    • Gloves & Hat/Buff
    • Foil Blanket
    • Tracker
    • ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Recommended extra Kit: Long sleeve top and bottoms.


    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