|Mike Jordan||Jul 4 2022, 10:50am||Hi all,|
Just giving advance notice that there is an IMRA race planned in Sligo in 3 weeks time on Saturday 23 July. Online entry opens on 17 July.
The course will be a mix of fire-road, single-track trails, and a short open mountain section from the Sligo Way track up to the trig pillar on Slieve Daeane. Please see map in Route Description section of race page.
Parking at the Union Wood carpark north of Ballygawley Lough which is easily accessible from the Sligo/Dublin road and with a short walk to the start across the road: https://goo.gl/maps/Naid1dL6KYvoxnAy9
It would be great if anyone who knows anyone interested in mountain running in Connacht could get the word out about this event! If you know someone over west who would be interested in taking part please share the race info with them: https://www.imra.ie/events/view/id/2251
Thanks to Turlough for organising!
|Shane O'Reilly||Jul 4 2022, 1:30pm||Hi Mike,|
Great to hear this. I placed a post in the private "Trail Runners Sligo" Facebook group (400+) members so hopefully that helps build interest. I will be there running and volunteering too all going well.
|Anne-Marie Flaherty||Jul 5 2022, 10:52am||Looking forward to this one, Mike and Turlough have a great route planned.|
|Anne-Marie Flaherty||Jul 18 2022, 9:41am||Hi folks!|
This race is taking place this coming Saturday, it would be great to get as many people as possible down to take part!
The start/finish is very close to the N4 for anyone considering travelling to it.
Turlough could probably do with one, or two more non-running volunteers if anyone is available.
|Turlough Conway||Jul 18 2022, 10:19am||Thanks Anne-Marie. Yes, one or two more non-running volunteers would be great. It's a nice route with a good mixture of scenic trail and some open mountain goodness for the summit push. First ever IMRA race in Co. Sligo so please give it a go it you are considering running. Nicely positioned a month before Warriors run also.|
|John Shiels||Jul 18 2022, 2:44pm||Signed up. Really looking forward to it.|
|adrian powell||Jul 20 2022, 1:14am||I can volunteer as a helper at this event. |
My phone no: 0874185267
|Dean Nooney||Jul 20 2022, 6:49am||Hi ,this will be my first imra race ,just checking to see do I collect my race number on the morning of the run ,kind regards dean|
|Mikey Fry||Jul 20 2022, 9:05am||Yes dean you’ll pick it up at reg at start of race:)have fun|
|Turlough Conway||Jul 20 2022, 4:46pm||Hi Adrian. Thanks s million for volunteering. Were gathering at 9:30am in Union Wood morning if race. I'll be in touch|
|Katie McGettrick||Jul 21 2022, 8:31am||Hi, this is also my first imra run. I saw that it said no GPS and I’m hoping I don’t get lost. Is the route well marked? I have no sense of direction and I’m running on own|
|Anne-Marie Flaherty||Jul 21 2022, 9:20am||Hi Katie,|
You will be absolutely fine, there will be enough marking that you will be able to stay on the route easily.
There's usually a marshal or two on the course too, to make sure people can't go wrong.
|Turlough Conway||Jul 21 2022, 11:07am||Hi all,|
Will update Race details in next few hours. Primary Parking will be at Union Wood carpark.
Route will be well marked. It's along Sligo way before a detour to the Trig point at the top of Slieve Daeane (only way is up) and back the way you came.
Beginner friendly on purpose and well be well worth doing!
|Turlough Conway||Jul 21 2022, 1:36pm||Event page updated, have a read and please note slight change to route which brings in a nice path through the forest cutting out fireroad.|
Please note the IMRA requirement that Shower proof jackets are mandatory to wear or carry during the race for safety reasons.
We will check runners in at registration which will close at 10:45.
|Turlough Conway||Jul 21 2022, 1:39pm||Just to note also, registration is online only, you won't be able to register on the day. Please let anyone know who is thinking of running.|
|Turlough Conway||Jul 23 2022, 6:54am||Hi all.|
Marked the route last night. The open mountain section is quite tough and rough. Therefore we will have a short course option which includes all of the route apart from the open mountain section to the summit.
If very new to mountain running and/or not confident in the endurance for the significant extra slog to the summit then this might be the right option for you. The short course amounts to a tough route anyway.
Anyone, goiing for the summit, the terrain is rough and the trick isn't necessarily speed but covering the ground safely and economically.
See ye soon.
|Dean Nooney||Jul 23 2022, 8:59am||Looking forward to it thanks|
|Theresa Kilgannon||Jul 23 2022, 9:18am||Hi all,.|
Sorry new to imra, only seeing this section now. I'm volunteering today but will only make it over for 10am.
|Derek Hunter||Jul 23 2022, 1:29pm||Thanks Turlough and others for work in putting today together. Huge enthusiasm among those running for having more races on the Sligo trails and expect word will spread. Thanks again|
|Paul Barr||Jul 23 2022, 1:58pm||Fantastic event Turlough. Thanks to all the volunteers and was brilliant to have an event in Sligo.|
|Dean Nooney||Jul 23 2022, 2:14pm||First run in imra and really enjoyed it ,thanks to all the volunteers they were great ,hopefully more races this side of the country soon|
|John Shiels||Jul 23 2022, 6:02pm||Great race this morning, even if I was 2nd last :)|
Photos added to the event page
|Seamus Somers||Jul 23 2022, 6:23pm||Thanks again Turlough for organizing the event this morning, really enjoyable, well done to everyone who took part and fair play to all the marshalls on route. Hopefully we'll see more races like this in Sligo.|
|Turlough Conway||Jul 23 2022, 10:16pm||Huge thanks to all the volunteers and runners today. An eye opener to me how many trail/offroad runners there are in Sligo and the North West and how many trail and mountain routes are used by these runners.|
Anyway, great potential for more races to emulate some of the other regions. Results will be up over weekend. Anyone who ran the race is registered with IMRA can write up a race report so would be great to get peoples point of views up for the craic.
I'll do same and add provisional results in morning
|Turlough Conway||Jul 25 2022, 5:29pm||Race report up now.|
|Brendan Lawlor||Jul 26 2022, 10:14am||Well done Turlough for organising this race.. in a year of many IMRA firsts, this was another one.. hopefully it becomes an annual event|