Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Notice...Ballyhoura Mountain Trail Marathon, Half-Marathon & Ultra - Sat 29th Apr 2017
There are 3 race distances on offer as part of the Ballyhoura Trail Marathon event which takes place on Saturday the 29th of April 2017 in the Ballyhoura Mountains on the Cork - Limerick border.
The events start and finishes in the town of Kilfinane and the routes weave their way through narrow country roads and up forest trails as they loop through the countryside. Runners usually finish from 4-6 hours.
This is online entries only and it will close on Sunday 16th April.
Please visit the individual event pages (click on links below) on www.imra.ie for further details on each event and on how to register: There is also information on the Ballyhoura Trail Marathon Facebook page.
Ballyhoura Trail Half Marathon... 13.1 miles... €40... 10:30 am
Ballyhoura Trail Marathon... 26.2 miles... €55... 8:30 am
Ballyhoura Trail Ultra Marathon... 36 miles... €65... 6:30 am
Entry to any of the 3 events will include:
Fully marked course with aid stations (refreshments, water)
Race T-shirt (Technical long sleeve)
Hot meal afterwards
This is the route and info for 2017.
Marathon and Ultra.....The full marathon will start at 8am in Kilfinane. The Ultra will start an hour or two earlier. This is the route for the first 13 miles...
The first 6 miles are a mixture of forest trails and quiet country roads. The hardest part is after 6 miles where you gradually climb up to Seefin which is the highest point in the Ballyhouras (~10 mile mark).
The is the profile for the first 13 miles...
Half-Marathon.....Anyone taking part in the half will be taken by bus from Kilfinane to the start line at Ballyorgan which is at the half way mark in the full marathon. The half will start at 10am.
The two highest points are around miles 4 and 9. This equates to miles 17 and 22 in the full marathon.
The profile is shown below. Note that the gradient is exaggerated somewhat. The first ascent is about 800ft / 250m.
The full and the half will finish in Kilfinane.
Ultra...The extra 10 miles of the Ultra are shown below. Runners will need to complete a 10 mile loop to the east of Kilfinane before starting off on the full marathon course.
Profile.......A pretty gradual climb of about 1000ft / 300m.