Wicklow Way Race
|Lillian Deegan||Jan 17 2020, 4:57pm||2020 CP cut offs and odd other info. has been updated for the WW Race. Entry will open on the 1st of May and close on May 31st ‘20. |
Happy milers building to those hoping to hit the start mat on July 11th.
|Ciaran McKenna||Feb 7 2020, 4:26pm||Hey there, |
Quick one - is there a cut off to the number of participants in this one? Apologies if I missed it in the Race details.
|Lillian Deegan||Feb 7 2020, 6:09pm||I've no cap on numbers Ciaran.|
|Patrick Harmon||Feb 8 2020, 11:46pm||HI there,im having trouble finding an ultra race on a suitable date in order to qualify for the 'wicklow way race' I'm just wondering I have done a 24hr endurance race run bike kayak last August covering 248k with roughly 46k of running. Would this qualify me for the wicklow way in July.|
|Lillian Deegan||Feb 9 2020, 12:09am||Hello Patrick, might you bounce me off an email with a link to the 24hr gig and I'll let you know. Email your link to email@example.com|
|Lillian Deegan||May 1 2020, 11:02am||Happy May Day everyone :) |
I'm on with a brief note regarding race day and the online WW Race entry due to open today. Owing to the current restrictions, ongoing distancing measures and Laura's Coronavirus IMRA postings - online entries won't open for the month of May.. Our July 11th race date will be rescheduled if possible. If and when we figure a new date, I will post details here for all hopefuls.
Continued well wishes to all.
|Peter Williams||May 1 2020, 11:25am||Hi Lillian|
Is a July race not deemed possible now?
|Lillian Deegan||May 1 2020, 11:52am||Hi Peter, |
A July date is not possible - correct. With a race of this kind a number of factors need to considered even in the current climate.
|Paul Kelly||May 1 2020, 1:46pm||Hi Lillian,|
Thanks for the update. Maybe having it as a winter ultra might be fun?
|Lillian Deegan||May 1 2020, 8:44pm||Hoping for an autumn shot before a winter one Paul. Haft to be thinking of my volunteers out for hours on end in not so sunny weather. I may well look to dress them in more than PPE gear at the CPs :)|
|Lillian Deegan||Jun 11 2020, 9:28pm||Confirming the revised date for the WW Race - Oct. 31st at midnight will be gun time. Entries will open for month of September. |
On route direction, drop bags, buses, crews and CP food stations - I will update on these bits n bobs in the next few weeks to allow ppl plan accordingly. Plenty still dependent on Govt. guidelines.
That's all for now folks. I'll leave ye with a well early Happy Halloween trick or treat sesh to consider and a promise of a full moon race night from committee :)
|Paul Kelly||Jun 11 2020, 9:45pm||Excellent news Lillian. Do a bit of trick or treating for race food then race! haha|
Thanks for the update
Do we need to do it in fancy dress??
|Lillian Deegan||Jun 11 2020, 10:33pm||Dare set Paul. Fill your boots :)|
|daniela lubiscakova||Jun 11 2020, 10:42pm||Thanks for the update Lilian. And ha-ha, I'll start thinking what fancy dress to put on to get as much race food 'sweeeeeets' to keep me going through out the race! :)|
|Samuel Fox||Jun 12 2020, 11:53am||Great to have a date to work towards. Fingers crossed.|
|Colm Newport||Jun 14 2020, 9:12pm||Hi Lilian, Thanks for update! If you have already entered, does your entry roll over or do you have to reapply? Colm|
|Lillian Deegan||Jun 14 2020, 9:31pm||Hiya Colm, |
Good to hear your still on for race day. Your Feb. '20 comms stand, no need to resend. Once the online entry option comes up in Sept. you are fine to fire away and secure you place.
Happy miler building :)
|Colm Newport||Jun 15 2020, 1:03pm||Thanks Lilian. Talk in September! Colm|
|Phil behan||Jun 18 2020, 9:57pm||Great news Lillian. Really looking forward to this. I take my email from a few months back still stands ? I’ll enter online in Sept too. Thanks again. P|
|Lillian Deegan||Jun 19 2020, 11:34am||Phil, alls good in the hood :) Delighted to hear your planning for Oct. 31st. Your previous entry criteria stands for sure. Roll on race day!|
|Lillian Deegan||Jul 8 2020, 12:00pm||Hello everyone, |
On with a race day news - Route direction will be North/South. Race page details have been updated.
Reg sign-in, number collection and kit checks will all be done in Marlay Park.
We will not be arranging any return transport from the finish line this year.
Next update will be to confirm drop bag options. Will get this up over the next few weeks ahead of the online reg. period.
|Gordon Place||Jul 8 2020, 12:07pm||Sure everyone can just do a Graham on it and jog back!|
|Paul Burchmore||Jul 8 2020, 12:23pm||Thanks Lillian, very helpful info.|
Certainly helps the planning. Much appreciated.
|Raymond Cummins||Jul 9 2020, 3:19pm||That's great news Lillian about the race going from North to South. I have been waiting 3 years to have another crack and this time get inside the cut-off. ;-)|
|Niamh Kelly||Jul 9 2020, 6:29pm||I can still help out on the day and looking forward to it|
|Samuel Fox||Jul 10 2020, 9:55am||Looking forward to this one, thanks for the update.|
|Brian O'Grady||Jul 17 2020, 11:54pm||Hi folks,|
Dropping in to say hello and looking forward to meeting all you good people on the day - covid permitting.
|Brian O'Grady||Jul 17 2020, 11:56pm||Hi folks,|
Dropping in to say hello and looking forward to meeting all you good people on the day - covid permitting. Fingers crossed it's wonderful to have racing opportunities again.
|Tim Chapman||Jul 21 2020, 1:11pm||Hi I just signed up to help out. If I could do any helping during the night so can be back at home by 8am that would be class.|
If this doesn't actually help you at all I can stand down.
|Lillian Deegan||Jul 21 2020, 1:26pm||Fair dues Tim, thanks. The WW Race is one of the IMRA events that's asks a lot time wise of our volunteers. Stay where you are with the offer and I'll pop you in for Crone. It's an early morning shift, you'll be home by 4 to 4:30am all going well :) thx again. Chat more nearing race day.|
|Lillian Deegan||Aug 28 2020, 1:32pm||Entries for this event were due to open next Tuesday, Sept. 1st. WW Race event page detail has been amended to read as a TBC on the entry opening period. |
I'd be hopeful that we can open the shop for entries mid Sept. and continue with plans for the Oct. 31st event. Everything depends very much in our being able to secure the necessary permits for the race route.
Once I can update, I will post news here.
|Declan McGuinness||Aug 28 2020, 1:46pm||Thanks for the update Lillian, hopefully the race will be good to go ahead all goin well :)|
|James Heggie||Aug 28 2020, 2:04pm||Thank you for the update Lilian , fingers crossed |
It’s goes ahead .
|Krzysztof Kujawa||Sep 1 2020, 7:47am||Hi. I would like to sign up for the WW Race but it shows "Entries disabled". Does it go ahead?|
|John Murray||Sep 1 2020, 9:00am||Hi Krzysztof,|
Please read Lillian’s message 3 posts above.
Entries won’t open till around middle of September at the earliest now.
|lorraine Mc mahon||Sep 11 2020, 8:56pm||Thank you for the update Lillian. Fingers crossed|
|Thomas Domican||Sep 13 2020, 12:30pm||I see that the Aherlow race is probably on 31st October does this mean wwsolo is cancelled for this year|
|Richard Nunan||Sep 13 2020, 12:44pm||Lillian is working away on the feasibility of this going ahead as planned|
|Thomas Domican||Sep 13 2020, 1:03pm||Thanks|
|Keith Russell||Sep 16 2020, 6:43am||Would anyone have the GPX for the WW that they would share please|
|Gordon Place||Sep 16 2020, 9:36am||Hi Keith,|
You can download as it was last year from here
But make sure you check any diversions or new sections, there is at least one new section that cuts out the road at Lough Tay, described by Mick Hanney on the IMRA FB page here...
|Lillian Deegan||Sep 20 2020, 12:37pm||Hello everyone, |
WW Race update - This day 6 weeks it will all be over for another year :)
With the announcement by government on Friday having Dublin as a no go zone for a time, a decision has been made to swing the direction of the race on the off chance things do not improve in the capital by the end of October.
Update on planning is as follows: Route Direction - South/ North.
The race page detail has been updated today. (Shop opening spec will be amended too).
The race will start at midnight in Clonegal, Carlow and finish in Marlay Park, Dublin. Registration will kick off on Friday evening, Oct. 30th with participants presenting at particular allotted times to sign-in, do kit check and have their tracker fitted. I will assign times to everyone racing in advance of Reg. evening.
~No drop bag option.
~No checkpoint food stations.
CREW Requirement: Everyone looking to enter this years race will need to have a crew meet them at the nominated checkpoints only along the route. Once we have entries in, I will be in touch with participants with a few specific details for their race day crew.
Shop for entries: 200 places will be available for purchase.
The IMRA shop will open next Friday, Sept. 25th at 9am and it will close on Friday, Oct. 3rd at 9pm or before if we reach entry capacity.
For all those who sent expressions of interest to race and by reply have been ok'd to enter, please do fire ahead and secure a spot next week if todays updated detail suits you.
Lastly for now, advance apologies to those who had their prep done for a Marlay Park start line. With so much still somewhat uncertain from a covid point of view, swinging the direction of this race in order to plan for the event to proceed is as good as can be done at this stage.
This day 6 weeks it will all be over for another year :)
|Declan McGuinness||Sep 20 2020, 1:12pm||That’s great news Lillian. So you will need to have a crew in order to the race. At the checkpoints will there be places to refill your water/hydration packs or will it all have to be done by your crew?|
|Lillian Deegan||Sep 20 2020, 1:35pm||Hiya Declan, |
Great question, thanks.
All crew vehicles will carry a supply of whatever drinks and food items their runner needs for the duration of the event. Crews can only meet runners at official CP locations - see race page detail for more info.
With the way things are, I will only have volunteers man CPs to check runners in & out along the route.
|Pól Ó Murchú||Sep 20 2020, 1:37pm||Hi Declan, I think one of the ideas of having crew is that they carry whatever food and water you need for the race so as to minimise the contact between volunteers and other runners sharing water and food etc.|
|Declan McGuinness||Sep 20 2020, 1:48pm||Ah ok. Thanks for the update Lillian and Pól appreciate it thanks|
|Raymond Cummins||Sep 20 2020, 2:37pm||That's fantastic news Lillian and Pol. :-) Thank you for all your hard work in making this a reality. Good excuse to keep training.|
|Brian O'Grady||Sep 21 2020, 9:58am||Fantastic news! Thanks so much for making this happen. I imagine the whole forum has been holding its breath for the last month or so.|
|Lillian Deegan||Sep 21 2020, 10:12am||I’d say some of our hopefuls (maybe all) continue to hold their breath Brian, me self included :)|
|Brian O'Grady||Sep 21 2020, 10:16am||We live in hope :)|
|Tony Sullivan||Sep 22 2020, 1:11pm||Hi Lillian and team, thank you for all the hard work that is going on to keep this event alive. |
I realise why having a bag drop option is not a good idea and having a crew instead is preferred with the current covid situation but if there was water (only) provided at the CPs then this would enable runners race without the need for a crew (if desired) thus reducing people further and making this a largely self supported race, just a suggestion, apologies if i am missing something here. Thank you all again. Tony.
|James Heggie||Sep 22 2020, 3:56pm||Tony I was thinking that myself a big barrel of water could be left at CP’s and people could fill themselves. Carry whatever food we need like I think they did in Kerry, and no need for big vans parking which might get in the way of walkers/families etc . Apologies if this has already been looked at and isn’t viable in current situation |
Thanks for everyone keeping things going Lilian and team James
|Andreas Maly||Sep 22 2020, 4:28pm||Brilliant news. Hope everything will be fine and see you in the end of October. Thank you Lillian|
|Paul Kelly||Sep 22 2020, 5:15pm||James, for the Kerry Nite Ultra we put our drop bags in a tub for each CP which was dropped at each CP for us to get ourselves and then put back in the tub as we were leaving. For me personally I was able to put my water and food into a small drop bag due to there not being any water available other than a tap or 2 along the route. If similar could be done for the Wicklow Way, it would be great, but completely understand in the current climate. As I'm struggling to find someone to give up a night and a day to be crew.|
|Joffrey Detender||Sep 22 2020, 6:13pm||Hi Guys,|
First, Thanks Lillian for your determination to make this event happen, fingers crossed as I am so excited to run there and hopefully finish it.
At the Kerry way, we were only a few runners without crew leaving water in drop bags. for info, there was no water dispenser at the stops.
You can forget about this solution, you wouldn't imagine the work it is to organize this! the weight of the crates and then the number of bags containing all these recycling plastic empty bottles.
I liked the solution at the seven sisters race this year, which we could also see in other trail events currently in Europe: The water dispenser only used by volunteers.
The runners are not authorized to touch the water dispenser because of cross contamination, So it would require one volunteer at each aid station feeling each water flasks for runners.
|Lillian Deegan||Sep 22 2020, 7:32pm||Hi lads, having a crew is also to serve as a paddy wagon service should a runner need to drop out of the event along the route. Volunteers have historically done this job. They won't be doing this task this year. |
There will be no water at any CP.
For people who train together, I have no issue with them sharing a crew on race day.
|Joffrey Detender||Sep 23 2020, 10:55am||Thanks a lot Lillian for confirming this point.|
I am sure it will help a lot of runners to get organized before registering. Joffrey
|Samuel Fox||Sep 25 2020, 11:32am||Hello racers. Just thinking through and trying to sort logistics before I enter. I have a bail out crew/food/change of clothes organised for Glendalough, but can't organise crew for anywhere else. I don't want to get into the situation where I run out of food and water. Is anyone able to help me with this? Hope it is ok to put this out there on this forum! Thanks|
|Lillian Deegan||Sep 25 2020, 11:56am||Hello Sam, you can take it from me that I don't want that kind of situation to kick off with you or any other participant either. |
Under current health guidelines there are specific rules with regard to how many people can meet others from a No. of households depending on which county they are living in. This same rule applies when considering the sharing of race day crews on the WW Race. It's a no no unless the crew is someone who you have been training with - sorry. I am being super firm on this one.
Entries in - Fair play to the 7 lads who have entered without being ok'd first. You have given IMRA €60 - thanks very much. Only entries approved are valid #WhoKnew!
|Samuel Fox||Sep 25 2020, 12:05pm||I hear you loud and Clear Lillian. If anyone else is training in the Westmeath/Offaly area and has a crew please let me know!|
|John Murphy74||Sep 25 2020, 1:02pm||Liliian, I have entered but I emailed you a while back, thought I was OK to enter. Apologies if I jumped the gun.|
|Lillian Deegan||Sep 25 2020, 1:17pm||Yep, your June comms stand John. 007 is an easy recall :)|
|Thomas Domican||Sep 25 2020, 2:56pm||I was just wondering my number is 919 but because I haven't done any races yet I don't actually have number do I need to do anything or can I get it at race thanks|
|Kazimierz Pawelczak||Sep 25 2020, 5:21pm||^Entries in - Fair play to the 7 lads who have entered without being ok'd first. You have given IMRA €60 - thanks very much. Only entries approved are valid #WhoKnew!^|
Hi Lilian I think it could be about me hehe, how do I get in touch to get permission to sign up for the race, all conditions are met as a runner and IMRA member
|Joffrey Detender||Sep 25 2020, 5:42pm||Hi Kazik,|
Same happened to me! I didn't notice in the tab 'Details' the Instructions before registering to the race:
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 Wicklowwayrace@gmail.com detailing name of qualifying race with link to qualifying race results.
|Kazimierz Pawelczak||Sep 25 2020, 7:31pm||thanks Joffrey, I just sent an email|
|Lillian Deegan||Sep 26 2020, 12:35pm||@Tom Domican - I'll have all race bib No's with me in Clonegal. There is nada you need to do till race night. |
|Thomas Domican||Sep 26 2020, 8:56pm||That's great thanks Lillian|
|alan ritchie||Sep 27 2020, 8:25pm||Hi Lillian,|
Email coming your way
|Stephen Gregg||Sep 28 2020, 8:00pm||Hi Lillian ,|
I also am one of them people who sent email earlier in year with previously year racing credentials when we thought the race might go ahead earlier in the year , didnt email again before entering friday morning should i have confirmed first or all ok ? apologies also if i jumped the gun .
|Lillian Deegan||Sep 28 2020, 11:03pm||Hello Stephen, all is hunky dory with your entry. Your early year contact stands, no need to resend for the ok on the revised date info. Top marks to you and others who appear to be reading this forum. Ye all get my virtual gold star giveaway for today :)|
|Stephen Gregg||Sep 29 2020, 1:48pm||HA HA! Just happy to be all above board.|
Thanks to you all for all the hard work even trying to keep the race alive.
Not an easy task these days.
|Lillian Deegan||Sep 30 2020, 5:31pm||No worries Stephen. It's all about keeping Wicklow open ATM for sure. |
Update: Crews CP1 and CP2. Should anyone wish to do a food/drink drop at either of these two checkpoints instead of having their crew meet them there, I am fine with same. The location of these two CPs is close enough to the start line, so I'd expect runners to drop their stash on the way to registration in Clonegal on the Friday night.
Main point for mention on the above is - My volunteers won't be handling anyone's stash. I'll have rubbish bags for waste and plastic for disposal needs as you leave the CP. It will be the responsibility of you as a runner to leave no trace of any kind.
I guess it might be worth saying, a word to the wise if you will - if you opt to avail of the drop option at CP1 or CP2 be mindful, race night is also Trick or Treat night. CP1 is a pretty scary spot at home at the best of times, your stash should be fine till you reach it.
However, CP2 by The Cow might be a slightly different ball game with big kids leaving the pub on one ear to a full moon :) #JustSaying
Any Qs on the above, fire away and let me know.
|christian headley||Oct 1 2020, 12:17pm||Hi Lillian, |
I know it is stated on the details page that the race starts on Saturday the 31st at 00:00, but just to be absolutely sure, this means Friday 23:59? i.e. Friday night the gun goes.
I would hate to turn up a day early/late :P
|Lillian Deegan||Oct 1 2020, 2:21pm||Hi Christian, |
Yes, gun time will be on the stroke of midnight. Registration, kit check and tracker fitting will be from something like 22h to 23:45 on the Friday evening. There will be a few minutes given for race brief and the race will kick off at midnight.
|Lillian Deegan||Oct 3 2020, 2:31pm||Hi all, |
Reminder: The purchase option for this race closes tonight. No late entries once the shop closes.
|Samuel Fox||Oct 5 2020, 10:49am||Just could not sort logistics out in time for this to guarantee I was going to get enough water and be safe. Next year! Best of luck all!|
|chris Dunne||Oct 5 2020, 5:34pm||Hi Lillian, does Level 3 feck up the race going ahead ?|
|Laura Flynn||Oct 5 2020, 6:23pm||Can we hold off on the questions please until there’s an official announcement and then a decision will be made or possibly made for us.|
|chris Dunne||Oct 5 2020, 7:20pm||My bad didn't think i asked more than 1 question.|
|Robert Costello||Oct 5 2020, 9:25pm||Level 3 announced for 3 weeks. All going well we will go down to L2 or L1 by 26 October.|
|David Caulfield||Oct 5 2020, 9:25pm||Level 3 starts Wednesday 7th for 3 weeks so barring any extension will finish at midnight on the 27th, 3 days clear of race day. Let’s hope there’s no extension.|
|Lillian Deegan||Oct 6 2020, 12:52pm||Hello all, |
Further to Richard's COVID update post last night, I'm on to note this event is still in play for Oct. 31st. With the nationwide Level 3 restrictions operational from tonight for 3 weeks, we are hopeful things will have improved nearing month end.
At committee, we appreciate the understanding out there with the task in hand. With this said, our hope is to hold the WW Race as planned to finish in Marlay Park. If we need to make any adjustments (route or otherwise) due to further restrictions, we will let you know as best we can ahead of event day.
Should any of the runners in to race feel the uncertainty is too great for them to cope with, please let me know by email - firstname.lastname@example.org
|Lillian Deegan||Oct 15 2020, 4:40pm||**Event Cancelled**|
The time has come to call time on plans for this event.
Despite all our best efforts trying to make things work for 31.10.20, Committee feel it best to give some level of certainty in a time of great uncertainty nationwide.
With huge regret, IMRA are cancelling the 2020 WW Race.
As with so many other IMRA cancelled events this year, we continue to field our way through the management of refunds. Once we have a plan in place for returns on this event, I will be in touch with all by email.
|Alistair Hodgett||Oct 15 2020, 4:50pm||Hugely disappointing but really no choice given how things are. Thanks to Lillian, Committee and volunteers who tried to keep this on the calendar. Roll on 2021 when I hope to get my hands on that lump of granite.|
|Seán Higgins||Oct 15 2020, 4:52pm||Sadly it was inevitable. Thanks Lillian and the committee for their efforts over the last few months.|
|Brian O'Grady||Oct 15 2020, 7:41pm||Thanks for all the effort Lillian.|
|Steve Hogan||Oct 16 2020, 10:52am||Thanks a million Lillian, ye did so much work to try to get this to be run. It's amazing how dissappointed I was seeing this, considering I knew it would have to be cancelled. Roll on 2021.....|
|Paul Burchmore||Oct 16 2020, 2:39pm||Sorry to hear this but thanks Lillian and Committee for trying your best to make it happen. Hopefully we can do it in 2021. Stay safe.|
|Phil behan||Oct 16 2020, 3:50pm||Gutted !! Lillian, fair play to you ! Tremendous effort in trying to keep this alive for us. Hopefully we can have it in 2021. Thanks again everything you've done is very much appreciated.|
|Raymond Lawlor||Oct 19 2020, 8:41am||Sorry to hear it Lilian. Mighty effort all the same.|
|Michael J Kelly||Oct 19 2020, 4:31pm||Many thanks for all your efforts Lillian but nothing more you could do. Role on 2021 and lets hope we all stay safe until then. At least it made me keep up the training for that little bit longer. Best wishes to all in the running community - see you all when we get out of this bloody pandemic.|
|Raymond Cummins||Oct 20 2020, 8:11am||Thanks Lillian!!! All the work you do behind the scenes is greatly appreciated. We will be back. ;-)|