Beara Way Ultra
|Michael McSweeney||Jan 2 2023, 6:53pm||First section of the route is on Strava. |
Check out my activity on Strava: https://strava.app.link/rEEwgdsEgwb
More to come, the next fine day. :-)
|Raymond Lawlor||Jan 5 2023, 1:02pm||Great stuff. Do you double back on the same route?|
|Michael McSweeney||Jan 6 2023, 7:51pm||Yes Ray. When you finish the Garnish Loop you head back to Allihies on the same section, and then on to Eyeries and the rest of the Beara Way. |
I'll be doing the next 20 or 30 km or the route this coming Sunday. Early start, 8am at Garnish West ready to run, where I finished last Sunday. Plan is to go at least as far as Eyeries, 20km, maybe Ardgroom, about another 10-15km.
|Michael McSweeney||Jan 8 2023, 3:47pm||The second section of the route is on strava now. There might be a few slight changes around Allihies and Eyeries villages, but nothing major.|
Check out my activity on Strava: https://strava.app.link/u4n8YRzoqwb
|Raymond Lawlor||Jan 9 2023, 9:09am||Very good Michael. Thanks. I'll have to get down for a recce next month.|
|Michael McSweeney||Jan 9 2023, 10:22am||Let me know when you are calling down Ray.|
|Shane O'Neill||Jan 9 2023, 6:42pm||Hi Michael,|
This might be a stupid question but is it a 6am or 6pm start. I'm trying to work out where it will get dark, so I can recce the dark sections in the day light.
|Michael McSweeney||Jan 9 2023, 9:16pm||Race start is 6am Friday morning and nightfall should be around 10pm. Dawn that time of year should be around 5am.|
|Raymond Lawlor||Jan 10 2023, 8:40am||Text me on your number Michael and I'll message you when I know I'm heading down. 0863907973|
|Michael McSweeney||Jan 14 2023, 5:38pm||Check out my activity on Strava: https://strava.app.link/AAtFmYhtAwb|
Another section done and dusted. Nice and wet underfoot at the moment.
This section is showing just under 30km on Strava, 31km on my Garmin. But I went about 1.5km extra by taking a wrong turn. So we'll call it 29km.
|Shauna Gollogly||Jan 15 2023, 8:07am||When will registration open for this race? |
|Michael McSweeney||Jan 15 2023, 4:58pm||Check out my activity on Strava: https://strava.app.link/iDk8zAN5Bwb|
Another section today. It all gets easier from here. We'll be back in Cork soon.
|Michael McSweeney||Jan 20 2023, 3:20pm||Check out my activity on Strava: https://strava.app.link/XTtajFxhKwb|
Another little bit done. Lots of road in this section. Maybe 3/4. But mostly small little road with grass down the middle.
|Eoin Mac Mahon||Jan 20 2023, 5:06pm||Unreal|
|Michael McSweeney||Jan 21 2023, 4:27pm||Check out my activity on Strava: https://strava.app.link/TxYuE1n1Lwb|
|Michael McSweeney||Jan 22 2023, 1:47pm||Check out my activity on Strava: https://strava.app.link/emRkk6NuNwb|
Last section. Now repeat, only faster. :-)
|Michael McSweeney||Jan 22 2023, 1:49pm||Shauna, |
Registration will be opening at the end of March.
|Raymond Lawlor||Jan 24 2023, 1:46pm||Excellent stuff Michael. You're doing the Lords work.|
|Martin Stevenson||Jan 25 2023, 11:51am||Any idea if there is accommodation along way to get a nap, gun or is it complete self sufficient?|
|Martin Stevenson||Jan 25 2023, 11:52am||Gun supposed to be grub sorry|
|Michael McSweeney||Jan 25 2023, 1:43pm||https://bearatourism.com/stay-eat-beara/beara-accommodation|
|Michael McSweeney||Jan 25 2023, 1:46pm||https://bearatourism.com/stay-eat-beara/index|
|Michael McSweeney||Jan 25 2023, 1:53pm||Plenty of accommodation and food options. Book early to beat the crowds. |
For the race, there will be 4 drop bag locations along the route, with a few other aid stations with water and sweets etc.
We will be posting up the full entry, drop bag, and cut off details in a couple of weeks.
|Ronan O'Grady||Jan 25 2023, 2:04pm||In relation to accomodation , where does the race start /finish ?|
|Michael McSweeney||Jan 25 2023, 2:55pm||Ronan. |
Start and finish in Castletownbere. 6am Friday morning.
|Brian O'Grady||Jan 25 2023, 7:28pm||Chiming in with some others on here to say thanks for setting this up Michael. Looks like being a special one alright|
|Martin Stevenson||Feb 7 2023, 3:47pm||Hi do you think there will be a gpx file for the route.|
|Michael McSweeney||Feb 7 2023, 9:10pm||Hi Martin. I don't have a GPX for the full route yet. However here is the route from On The Go Map. https://onthegomap.com/s/igmvub7c|
You should be able to down load a GPX from that. I'll also paste the Strava links for my recent runs on the route.
The full route is marked with the Yellow man walking sign.
We will be starting and finishing in Castletownbere, it is the Beara Way after all. Castletown- Allihies- Dursey- Allihies- Eyeries- Ardgroom- Lauragh- Dromoghty, Kenmare- Bonane- Glengarriff- Adrigole- Castletown.
You will also probably notice we are not running into Kenmare, but are cutting straight across from Dromoghty to Bonane.
If anyone is planning on calling down for a reccee, get in contact with me about directions, shuttles, whatever.....
|Kevin Lenihan||Feb 7 2023, 10:34pm||Looks like a savage route Michael. Great work by all the southwest cork crew!!|
|Martin Stevenson||Feb 10 2023, 4:10pm||Thanks Michael.|
Where would recommend a place to stay along the way think I’ll need 6 hours Kip.
|Michael McSweeney||Feb 11 2023, 12:27pm||Map of the Beara Way Ultra at https://www.plotaroute.com/route/2150472 - a GPX file can be downloaded from this website if runners are looking for it.|
Thanks to David Bosonnet.
Any slight variations on the route will be signposted on the day.
|Michael McSweeney||Feb 11 2023, 12:32pm||Martin,|
We will be putting up details of the various cut-offs along the way shortly. This will give you a better idea about where might be best to take a break.
|Michael McSweeney||Mar 1 2023, 9:55pm||A few of us are heading for a bit of a run on the Beara Way this coming Saturday. Castletown to Eyeries is the plan.|
|Michael McSweeney||Mar 1 2023, 10:09pm||Meeting in Castletown around 730am.|
|Raymond Lawlor||Mar 2 2023, 2:08pm||Anyone interested in doing a night run from Lauragh to Glengarriff? The idea is to meet up in Glengarriff. Carpool to Lauragh and trot along to Glengarriff . Meet up on 11th March at 9pm in Glengarriff and start at 10pm in Laraugh. About 33k I think. Sound good?|
|stephen erswell||Mar 3 2023, 10:38am||Hi Ray, running Nagles on the 11th but I'd definitely be up for running that section at night another time.|
|Raymond Lawlor||Mar 3 2023, 8:19pm||Hi Stephen. I don't know if I,ll be doing a second night run, but maybe others would be up for it. If iI am I'll post it here for sure.|
|Michael McSweeney||Mar 8 2023, 12:04pm||Slight change of plan with Ray's reccee on Saturday night. |
New details are starting in Eyeries Village at 3.30pm Saturday evening, regrouping at Lauragh church at 8pm Saturday night, finishing at Glengarriff Hall some few hours later.
If you plan on joining us, be in either Eyeries ready to go at 330pm or in Lauragh ready to rock and roll at 8pm.
Bì ann nó bí cearnogach.
|Michael McSweeney||Mar 8 2023, 12:07pm||Ps. There is no shop in Lauragh, so if you plan on running the whole thing, bring whatever you need with you to Eyeries.|
|Colm Deasy||Mar 9 2023, 11:35am||Plan on doing reccees on Friday Mar 17th and Saturday Mar 18th if anyone cares to join. Feel free to WhatsApp on o83o615513!|
|alan ritchie||Mar 9 2023, 2:32pm||Assuming this is doable without heading down for a Reece?|
|Eoin Mac Mahon||Mar 9 2023, 5:09pm||Only one way to find out|
|Michael McSweeney||Mar 9 2023, 6:56pm||Alan,|
Yes. No need for reccee. All way marked.
|Michael McSweeney||Mar 14 2023, 8:20am||Get your cards out from behind the fireplace, entries are now open.|
|Robbie Williams||Mar 14 2023, 3:44pm||Race now open.|
Race fee is €70. This includes water. ;0
Fee actually includes: Stocked aid stations, water refill, coke, sweets, crisps, chocolate, and more. Finishing you will have sambos and tea/coffee cakes. Hot food not doable due to length of event finish.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Fee also includes....Live race tracking with primal Tracking, Gift set of Beara Whiskey Minis for all runners, First Edition Race Hoodie for all runners, a great weekend adventure amongst great company.. and a welcoming finish line, West Cork Style. WE have packed in as much value and as much adventure as possible. A portion of your fee will go to upkeep of local trails in the peninsula. See you all there ultra heads !
|Simon Mugglestone||Mar 20 2023, 3:05pm||Hi Michael, I'm from the UK and was wondering if it would be okay for me to enter this event? Also, will the route be well sign posted as it's unlikely that I will be able to get over for a recce! Many thanks, Simon Mugglestone.|
|Michael McSweeney||Mar 20 2023, 6:45pm||Hi Simon|
Yes it OK for you to enter the Beara Way Ultra, even if you're not from Cork. :-)
You'll need to purchase 2023 IMRA membership in addition to the race entry.
The route will be following the Beara Way which is a National Way Marked Way. Any where we will be deviating from the Way Marked Way or anywhere we feel the marking is unclear, we will put out the regular IMRA markers. I'll include all of these details in the pre race info.
See you in May,
|Michael McSweeney||Mar 20 2023, 7:17pm||Just a few bits of info about the route. |
We will be starting at Map 5.
Taking in Map 6 and Map 7. There will be a few slight changes from the route marked on Map 7 around Allihies.
We wont be heading out to Dursey Island, but will be looping back towards Allihies.
Then its onto Map 9 and Map 10. Most of the section between Ardgroom and Lauragh is now offroad, up in the hills.
From Lauragh we follow the route as outlined in Map 11 and Map 12 as far as Dunkerron.
Then we follow the route marked on Map 13 as far as Releagh Bridge, at the bridge we will leave the Beara Way and head South West along the main N71 road for a few hundred meters, before following a Local Way Marked Way across the valley to the base of Esk Mountain where we rejoin the Beara Way.
Then its over the hill, following the route marked on Map 15, into Glengarriff Village.
From Glengarriff its pretty straightforward back along the route as marked on Maps 1, 2 & 3 to Castletownbere and the finish. Any deviation from the National Way Marked Beara Way will be signposted for the race with IMRAs own markers.
|Michael McSweeney||Mar 20 2023, 7:19pm||https://bearatourism.com/beara-way|
|Michael McSweeney||Mar 20 2023, 7:22pm||Check out my activity on Strava: https://strava.app.link/bUEvqbhukyb|
|Michael McSweeney||Mar 20 2023, 7:23pm||Check out my activity on Strava: https://strava.app.link/ZToll0oukyb|
|Michael McSweeney||Mar 20 2023, 7:24pm||Check out my activity on Strava: https://strava.app.link/6AYEq5tukyb|
|Michael McSweeney||Mar 20 2023, 7:29pm||https://www.plotaroute.com/route/2150472|
The full route is on this plotaroute map, apart from a few slight changes around Allihies.
Which are on the Strava or on this plotaroute.
|neil shanahan||Mar 22 2023, 4:20pm||Is there any crew allowed or is it all drop bag and aid station help?|
|Michael McSweeney||Mar 22 2023, 10:13pm||Neil|
There will be crew allowed, drop bags will be available, and there will be aid stations.
I'll post up full details regarding the above, cut offs, and mandatory kit towards the end of next week.
Slán go foil