College Champs(Trooperstown Hill)
- Long loop over unnamed "Boots" mountain and Trooperstown Hill itself
- Saturday 11 March, 2023
- Climb (m):
- Distance (km):
- Event Difficulty:
- 7 (3,2,2) - Difficult Terrain, 200M - 500M ascent, 6Km - 10Km
- Race Marking:
- - Route fully marked
- GPS Allowed:
- Entry opens:
- 2023-03-11 00:00:00
- Entry closes:
- 2023-03-10 12:00:00
- Entry limit:
- None set
- Entry cost:
- €7 for seniors, €5 for over 65s and under 18s
- Vouchers Allowed:
- No. Online entry only for this race.
- Route Description:
Race route - starting at the usual spot, just beyond the barrier. Up the fire road route, then as per the course map. Small change from previous year in that route will go through a small forest on the way out to mimimise tarmac. On the way back, will use a descent down that cool single track with the right turn onto the finish straight. All will be marked, couple of marshals on course too. Avg Ascent/Descent Grade: 7.1%/-7.4% (be warned that descent off Trooperstown Hill has a -27% descent grade, and the final descent through the tress has a -24% descent grade). If the numbers don't mean much to you, the -27% basically means a very steep descent. However, don't let the descents / steepness put you off. There is always the option to walk down the steep bits.
Route map for IMRA-WSL-Trooperstown by Conor O'Farrell on plotaroute.com
Take the M50 Southbound, get off at the Roundwood exit (Kilmacanogue) and follow the signs towards Laragh, drive through Annamoe and follow the bend left. 1.5km further down (keep the River Inchavore on your left), you'll see a brown sign saying "Trooperstown", turn in here and follow the minor road to the car park at the river before the stone bridge. Grid ref for parking: T 158 969. CARPOOL: PLEASE carpool from Roundwood, there is on-road parking as you enter the village and some at the prize-giving location (Kavanagh's Roundwood). WARNING: Single occupancy cars may have to be directed to park in Laragh and jog to the registration / start (1.6km). Please follow Marshalls' directions at all times.
No jacket = no result. Bring the mandatory jacket and have it crossing the finish line.
This race is open to all those attending third level colleges in Ireland. It is also open to those that graduated from third level courses in 2022. Runners must meet the criteria in Rule 8.2 Sections (ii) to (v). They do not have to be members of the college athletics club nor need the college be affiliated to the IUAA.There will be medals for team and Individual places. The College Champs entrants will race along the same route as the regular IMRA Trooperstown race. Please car pool as much as possible from Roundwood. And co-operate with the nice parking marshals :-) We will have to close registration in time for the laptop crew to set up at the start. So the registration queue will close at 10:45 sharp. Anyone not in the queue by that stage will not be allowed enter the race. So please turn up in good time! It's likely to be muddy and slippy up on the hill, so grippy shoes are recommended, flats will definitely put you at a disadvantage. And please keep in mind this race takes in more exposed open hillside than most of the other winter league races, so come prepared - windproof/waterproof top (mandatory), hat, gloves (recommended).
You need to have done 2 non-running volunteer roles in a calendar year to qualify for end of year prize
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