Irish Mountain
Running Association

Wicklow Way Race (pre-entry approval required)

Wicklow Way Race
Friday 13 October, 2023
Climb (m):
Distance (km):
Event Difficulty:
10 (Extreme) - Extreme, >1,000M ascent or > 30Km
Race Marking:
Only major junctions marked - Only major junctions marked
GPS Allowed:
Irish Ultra Championships 
Entry opens:
2023-09-08 09:00:00
Entry closes:
2023-09-29 18:00:00
Entry limit:
None set
Entry cost:
Entries sold:
Route Description:

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

Organisers Instructions:

NOTE: Entry opens at 9am 09.09.23 and closes at 6pm 29.09.23 - Pre Entry Approval required. Please send your qualifier criteria with results link from that event to - No late entry options.

A race over the Wicklow Way from Clonegal, Carlow through the Wicklow Hills to finish in Marlay Park, Dublin. The route will have a maximum time allowance of 21 hours. The race will run from the plaque marking the Wicklow Way in Clonegal and finish by the matching plaque in Marlay Park.

Race entry will cost €60 Euro - non refundable and non transferable.


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.

The 2023 Race will run in the direction of South to North that being Clonegal to Marlay Park.

Checkpoints, Cut Offs & Drop Bags:

1.The Dying Cow, approx. 26km; CUT OFF TIME: 00:30. Drop bag - Disposable.

2. Iron Bridge, approx. 50k; CUT OFF TIME: 04:30. Drop Bag - Will be returned to the finish.

3. Glenmalure Lodge, approx. 65k; CUT OFF: 07:00. Drop Bag - Disposable.

4. Glendalough Visitor Car Park (Lower Lake), approx. 80km; CUT OFF TIME: 10:00. Drop Bag - Will be returned to the finish.

5. Crone Woods, approx. 104km; CUT OFF TIME: 14:30. Drop Bag - Disposable.

6. Marlay Park - Finish - 18:00. Drop Bag.

No early starts will be accommodated and the cut off times as outlined will strictly apply. No exceptions can be made to these due to the workload required in manning aid stations and to protect the health and safety of runners and volunteers.


RACE PACER/ Support Runner Rules.

If a participant wishes to have someone run a section of the course with them this is permitted from TBC only and according to the time limits listed below. 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 as outlined above.

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 rules.


Prizes: Wicklow Way Yellow Man Trophies will be awarded to the 1st male and female finishers along with a return entry for 2024. And all entrants who complete the full route in the allotted time will receive a similar chunk of the Yellow WW man Wicklow granite as a memento marking their achievement.

Entry Criteria: You must have run an ultra race of at least 50km in 2022 or more recently to meet the qualifying entry criteria. Those intending to enter should email the following details: Name, name of qualifying race, link to qualifying race results - to in advance of entry to confirm you reach the minimum entry standards.


Mandatory Kit list as follows:

  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers
  • Mobile phone - battery fully charged
  • Head Light and spare batteries
  • Hi-Viz/reflective upper outer layer
  • Map of Route & Compass
  • Food & Drink
  • Whistle
  • Gloves & Hat/Buff
  • Long sleeve top and bottoms
  • Foil Blanket
  • Tracker
  • Cup/bottle - no cups will be provided at check points

Prizegiving Location:
At the finish line.

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


Please login to myIMRA to volunteer to help at this event. You should aim to volunteer at least once for every 10 events that you run.

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


Please login to myIMRA to volunteer to help at this event. You should aim to volunteer at least once for every 10 events that you run.


Driver NameLocationPassing ThroughDepartureSeats AvailableSeats Accepted
Samuel FoxMarley Park Car ParkMini bus from Marley Park to Clonegall start line. We are looking at filling up a 19 seater mini bus. Departure 1800 from Marley. Costs will be in and around 25 euro or lower if we fill up the bus...18:00:001814
ALEKSANDRAS DUBINOVICIUSStart LineI am looking to collaborate with anyone who is looking to take part in Wicklow Way Race. The race is from point to point. Looking for any ideas how to return to the start line after we cross the finish line. I will be driving from Portadown, if someone is interested we need to leave one car at the finish line and then return back to start line. mobile: 0740402488113:00:0041
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