Coillte Crone Caper
|Gareth Little||Jul 6 2022, 11:03am||Good morning, good people of IMRA. |
With this event only 2 weeks away I am VERY short on volunteers. I currently have only 6 (including myself) but ideally I need about 20 or so in order to make this event possible.
Most importantly, I need a laptop operator and then a lot of general helpers and someone for a summit marshal. Running volunteers most welcome too. Also, if anyone is thinking of doing the RD role in the future, please feel free to put your hand up for the deputy RD role as it’s a great way to see how it all works behind the scenes and on the day.
Here is the route and I will be posting a lot more information late this week or early next week.
Gareth - RD
|Lorcan Farrell||Jul 6 2022, 12:02pm||I'm happy to do Summit Marshal. I've my name down as a helper there.|
|Alan Ayling||Jul 6 2022, 3:33pm||Nice one Lorcan. Summit is one of several vital marshalling positions if this race is to work well. Course markings alone would likely end up with runners scattered all over Crone... good comedy value but kinda ruins the race. So a few more volunteers are really needed!|
|Gareth Little||Jul 11 2022, 9:31am||God morning all, this event is just 9 days away and I only have half the amount of volunteers needed plus I am still missing a laptop operator and I could also use a deputy RD. Thank you to those that have stepped up since my last post too. In summary, this event is currently not viable at present due to low volunteers. If you are injured, short on volunteering or otherwise free, please do sign up. |
Gareth - RD
|Anne-Marie Flaherty||Jul 11 2022, 9:50am||Hi Gareth,|
I'm planning on taking the early start, but can help out at reg, or something similar beforehand, if that's any good to you?
|Gareth Little||Jul 11 2022, 9:53am||Yes please. Stick yourself down as a running volunteer. Thanks|
|Mick Hanney||Jul 11 2022, 7:14pm||Gareth, I haven't done the laptop in a while, but if someone could give me a pre-race steer I should be ok, assuming you don't get a better offer.|
|Gareth Little||Jul 11 2022, 7:47pm||Your some man for the volunteering, Mick! Barry Hogan has kindly offered his services for this role but if you want to shadow him and scan chips that would be great. And thanks to Brendan Lawlor for stepping up as DRD. I’m almost there now in terms of volunteers but as the course is “marshal heavy” I could still use at least 4/5 more. Thanks all!|
|Mick Hanney||Jul 11 2022, 8:25pm||No problem Gareth, done|
|John Shiels||Jul 12 2022, 9:54am||I can do summit marshal, or whatever you need.|
|Gareth Little||Jul 12 2022, 10:22am||Thanks, John. We will get you up on the hill somewhere with the camera! |
I am just about good for volunteers now but if one or two more are free that would be great.
I'll get the event page updated soon but the map is up in the photos section and the prizegiving is in Plucks.
|Ellie Killeen||Jul 13 2022, 10:39am||Hi - is there a junior race/route? Many thanks.|
|barbara murray||Jul 13 2022, 10:21pm||Hi, I live in Tenerife and do trail running. I will be home (Wicklow) for this race and would love to do it. Can anyone tell me how to sign up etc?|
|Gareth Little||Jul 13 2022, 10:41pm||Hi Barbara, you would need to register for IMRA for 2022 (€10 for the year) and then simply sign up for the event. The details on how to sign up will be on the events page hopefully in the next 24 hours. The cost of the race is €7 which includes post race refreshments and entry the famous IMRA raffle. |
Any other questions you may have just post here or shot me a mail at gar little at me .com
Hope to see you next Wednesday!
Gareth - Race director
|James Heggie||Jul 14 2022, 8:53am||Are vouchers going to be allowed or is it online booking only ? Thanks|
|Brendan Lawlor||Jul 14 2022, 9:41am||Hi James|
Vouchers will be allowed. However if you are out of vouchers please sign up online as 'spare' voucher punches are getting very scarce and thin on the ground
|Ellie Killeen||Jul 15 2022, 10:14pm||Hi is there a junior race/ route? Thanks|
|Gareth Little||Jul 15 2022, 11:57pm||Hi Ellie, yes. We will get something sorted. More details to follow. Thx|
|alan ritchie||Jul 17 2022, 2:13pm||Hi, |
Thinking about making the trip down from the North but haven’t raced this event before.
Has anyone any info on under foot conditions or recommend best suited shoe type/lug size
|Gareth Little||Jul 17 2022, 6:59pm||Hi Alan, hot and dry forecast all week so no deep lugs required. Go for an intermediate hill running shoe if you have them as there may the odd shaded section that may have a bit of mud.|
|Gareth Little||Jul 17 2022, 7:03pm||I have enough volunteers now. Email will be sent out tomorrow. |
Thank you to all who came forward to help out!
|Barry Hogan||Jul 19 2022, 9:24am||Hi Gareth, I have not received an email regarding volunteering, times etc. What time would you like me there at?|
|Anne-Marie Flaherty||Jul 19 2022, 10:24am||Assume this fire might affect the race tomorrow. |
Hopefully not too much damage being done and all stay safe.
|James Heggie||Jul 19 2022, 10:36am||The fire brigade were in my garden last night /this morning filling up their water trucks from our river . The fire does not seem to have affected Maulin at all .|
|Gareth Little||Jul 19 2022, 10:43am||Hi Barry, sorry for the delay. We are just assessing the situation now RE the fire and will have an update later this afternoon. Thanks.|
|Roelie Smit||Jul 19 2022, 11:04am||Hi Gareth, I have unfortunately had to pull out of volunteering for this one. Sincere apologies. Hopefully you have enough volunteers.|
|Gareth Little||Jul 19 2022, 4:36pm||OK folks so we did a bit of investigation today RE the forest fire in the vicinity and I was also able to get up to the area at lunch to take a look for myself. |
In short, we are going to go ahead as planned but with one caveat, that being that if the wind direction does not go in our favour, IE blows towards Maulin summit, we will take the summit loop out of the race and keep it to the lower forestry, above the main Crone car park. The race will still be 8 plus kilometres if this is the case. I think its 10 and a bit normally.
Alan Ayling is going to be marking the route tomorrow afternoon so we should have a good idea of what’s what at that stage.
So a couple of the usually things still apply:
Bring a jacket, you don’t have to wear it but one has to be carried. DNF for anyone who does not comply with this rule.
Bring extra water than you normally would due to the current heat
Wear a hat if you have one
No headphones allowed
Early start is at 19:00 and main start is at 19:30
Race cost is EUR 7 or one voucher stamp. Online entries and vouchers only.
Remember your race number and timing chip. If you forget either, a new one is EUR 5 or a stamp from your voucher
Prizegiving will be in Plucks in Kilmac, just down the road
There is ample carparking but it will cost EUR 2 per person. ***THEY TAKE CASH ONLY***
Email going out to volunteers now….
Any other questions just reply here.
See you all tomorrow,
Gareth - RD
|Gareth Little||Jul 20 2022, 10:20am||As a reminder on the car parking for later, it is EUR 2 per person (not per car) and is CASH ONLY. Thanks|
|Gareth Little||Jul 20 2022, 5:00pm||FYI, the full race route is planned for this evening. Enjoy!|
|Gareth Little||Jul 20 2022, 11:19pm||Thank you to all the runners who came along tonight. It’s quite a challenging route (classic Alan Ayling design!) but most people got around in one piece. |
It’s a tough race to organise logistically for various reasons and the forest fire certainly didn’t help matters but overall I think it was successful.
Apologies for being late back to the pub for the prize giving/raffle but the lack of phone coms made it difficult to make sure everyone was safely out of the estate.
Any unclaimed prizes just give me or one of the committee a shout.
To all the people who took a few spills, I hope you heal up soon and get back out onto the hills.
So we’ll done again to all the runners and the winners of the various categories and an absolutely HUGE thank you to all my volunteers, you all did an amazing job.
See you next week,
|Sarah Brady||Jul 20 2022, 11:43pm||Well done Gareth and team, that was a lovely route and so well organised. :)|
|Brendan Lawlor||Jul 21 2022, 8:36am||Well done to Gareth and team (especially route marshals) for last nights tough, challenging race. |
The forest fire next door complicated the lead up to this race and Gareth was up in the area to check it all out in advance. Ultimately the decision to proceed with the full race was his and turned out to be the right one, so thanks Gareth for that. We all suffered as a result!
If you haven't had a chance to do your two non running volunteering stints yet, please sign up at Ballinastoe or another upcoming race
|Lindsey Heppenstall||Jul 21 2022, 10:34am||Well done lads !! You pulled off a great race !! Really appreciate all your hard work to you and all the volunteers. Really appreciate it !!|
|Mick Hanney||Jul 21 2022, 10:37am||Well done Gareth on a well-run event. Lots of happy runners.|
Just an observation from the Finish line in particular. Can runners ensure their Race no. is Visible and Clear (not written in pen), as volunteers at finish line need to see it to be able to record it.
|Sean Forsyth||Jul 21 2022, 11:02am||Hi Gareth and team,Congrats on putting on a great race. |
Was a tough climb up to Maulin but worth it for the descent.
Very enjoyable run
|Brendan Lawlor||Jul 21 2022, 11:14am||This competitor needs to be DNF'ed|
No jacket and not following the correct race route....
|alan ritchie||Jul 21 2022, 11:35am||Hi, I’m coming up as DNF in the results but finished in 56.44 watch time. Was about 20 seconds behind someone not sure who but it wasn’t Ian. |
Great event, great route and good encouragement Throughton the race from runners and Marshall’s. Well worth the 220mile round trip
Big thanks to the two people you got me back to the Motorway when my phone had no signal
|Gareth Little||Jul 21 2022, 11:39am||Hi Alan, please send a mail to conor dot ofarrell at imra dot ie to see what’s going on. Did you get your chip scanned at registration? This may be the reason.|
|Chris Carey||Jul 21 2022, 12:06pm||Well done Gareth and team for putting on a great race last night.|
Heart was popping out of my chest for the first half, and in my mouth for the second! First mid-race tumble - on the flattest, smoothest part of the Maulin Trail about a km from the finish line just before Ride Rock - but more damage done to my pride than to my body, thankfully.
|Mick Hanney||Jul 21 2022, 12:32pm||@Alan - those 2 people may have been my sons manning the gate. They may have taken a lucky guess what direction Dublin was !|
|Aubrey O'Neill||Jul 21 2022, 4:56pm||We should include bug spray as mandatory kit for the marshals going forward... Holy Moly - I was eaten alive last night! :o |
Looked like some great running from all involved. Really motivating me to get back to racing injury free!
|Richard Moriarty||Jul 21 2022, 5:20pm||Thanks to everyone last night|
@alan ritchie...no bother getting you back to the motorway...we weren't sure which way it was ourselves, but sure we got there
Young fella did the junior course and loved it, despite missing the right turn dropping down at marshal point 3 and having to turn back after 200 mtrs...I heard talk of a specsavers voucher @Alan Ayling
|Alan Ayling||Jul 22 2022, 8:39pm||We seem to have mislaid the Specsavers vouchers Richard. We also mislaid Marshals 2, 3 & 8. Seems 3 was the one that caused all the trouble. Learnings for next year!|