Irish Mountain
Running Association


Saturday 3 June, 2023
Climb (m):
Distance (km):
Event Difficulty:
6 (2,2,2) - Moderate Terrain, 200M - 500M ascent, 6Km - 10Km
Race Marking:
Only major junctions marked - Only major junctions marked
GPS Allowed:
North West League 
Entry details:
No entry details have been entered for this event yet. Entries for league events usually open a couple of weeks before the event
Route Description: The Short Course Option is approximately 5km and is to the Cairn and Back. This is also the Junior Route
Getting There:
Race starts at large main Knocknarea Tourist (tarmac) carpark. Follow Knocknarea signs from Sligo town
Organisers Instructions:



This route will take you on a couple of climbs of Knocknarea and will be fully marked. The first climb takes runners from the tourist carpark at the back of the mountain up the normal tourist route. However, once through thr gate and onto the open mountain the runners veer right following a path beside a wall which eventually leads to the summit Cairn via a climb from the North side. Running around the front of the Cairn runners take a path just to the right of the main tourist path which leads to a descent down a gulley. Reaching the bottom there is a fence and runners turn right here and head towards the warriors run upper climb but from the opposite direction. After a couple of minutes running it's time to climb again and runners follow the warriors climb first steeply before traversing the grassy heathery bowl and reaching a stone wall. Here its all the way up until the cairn becomes visible again. Past the cairn and the descent retraces the initial climb route. There is a slight variation at the finish: at the end of the tourust trail the route turns immediately onto the adjacent Rathcarrick trail for 200 meters. This is to move any sprint finsishes onto a safer surface!


All runners must sign in prior to race start.

Registration will open at 10:00 and will close at 10:50.



The Junior Route will be the same as the Short Course. All Juniors must be signed in by a parent/guardian.

All Runners MUST carry/wear a rainproof jacket for the entirety of the race. Any runner found not to be carrying the mandatory jacket will be disqualified. This is for health and safety reasons. We will be checking!


If you have never participated in an IMRA event before, please create an account with MyIMRA (see top of this page).

All runners must be members of IMRA €10 for the calendar year. You will then receive your race number, which you keep for all IMRA events/races. This number will be emailed to you, but can also be found on your MyIMRA profile once you have joined You can collect your race number at your first race of the calendar year. Do not lose this number! Entry for races is via the IMRA website You must sign in at registration before race start. No on the day entries will be taken. Cost per race is €7 for adults and €5 for Junior/OAP/Unwaged As above, a jacket must be carried with you/worn for all IMRA races/events. CARPOOLING is strongly encouraged, there is an option to add your car for carpooling and to accept carpool spots for races.

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Prizegiving Location:

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
HelperBarry GallagherYes
HelperJason WebbYes
HelperAoife BurnsYes


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