Online registration is now open on RunIreland.com HERE
powered by Carlingford Adventure Racing Club
The fourth running of the Cooley Legends Half-Marathon & 10k took place once again in the glorious setting of Carlingford Lough and the Cooley Mountains.The early morning setting of the Foy Centre was the registration base and bus pick-up to the start line at the Lumpers Bar in Jenkinstown, 13.1 miles away. Justin Maxwell claimed the fastest time, taking the lead on the road section to the Long Woman’s Grave at the half way point, in a time of, 1:23:55, a new record time. Previous record held by Ugis being 1:24:40 he managed two years previously.
Local Setanta Triathlete Niall McCabe, the first vet was fourth overall, in a time of 1:30:55. 2nd Vet Niall Halpin 1:32:55. 3rd Martin O’Hagan 1:36:15. 4th Gerry McCabe 1:38:44. First Super vets were Paschal Larney 2:05:36 and Bernadette O’Keefe 2:30:30
High on the mountain above the Bellurgan forest through some of the wet peat bog section, some thinking they were shallow puddles.
As the race entered the rocky fire-road and left civilisation behind, 342m climb was the menu for the first six kilometres.
Grassy Descending, Heaven!
The next part of the Tain Way is truly glorious: the path is narrow and uneven but mostly grass and the decent grade manageable. The first feed station was at the 5mile mark, were runners grabbed a sip of coke at the drinks station, or a nibble at the snack food available, ready for the tarmac stretch coming up.
There was pain and joy here as steepish climbs were followed by fast short descents.
Falling towards Carlingford
Once again there was great banter and impressive hand crafted prizes outside Dan’s Stonewall Cafe, the proprietor and staff putting on a wonderful post race reception in the village square. A big thanks to all involved, to the girls at registration, Carlingford Red Cross, the Foy Centre, Garda, John Lamb of the Lumpers Bar, Mt. Bike marshals M.J. & T from Cuchulainn Cycle Club, marshals at all the feed stations (Myles from anywhere), the TY students from Bush Post Primary School who marshaled at the feed stations and in the village. To all those who travelled from near and afar to make it another special day.
Slán, and happy trails for the summer ahead.
Results have now been posted on Chipit.ie and can be found in results
Online entry will close tonight. A limited number of entries will be taken on the day. Please e-mail your intention.
With preparations for the 4th annual Cooley Legends Half Marathon and 10k well in hand, we hope everyone is looking forward to the event.
The trails are dry/softish after the recent snow melt and it looks like it’s going to be fine for Saturday morning, a bit cloudy but dry with a chance of a shower during the week from time to time. But Saturday is Lookin’ good
& hope all a feelin’ fine !!
With 24 counties now represented, on the start line, from home and abroad, it’s a true all-Ireland affair.
GETTING THERE & PARKING
Carlingford. – Take the R173 off the M1, at exit 18, for Carlingford.
Limited parking is located at the Foy Centre, so it is advised that you arrive early morning. Parking is also available in the village, opposite the harbour. There is NO parking available at the sailing club. There will then be a five minute walk from the village to registration at Foy Centre. Please leave no visible valuables in our car.
REGISTRATION at THE FOY CENTRE
Turn left into the village, keep left, coming from Dundalk, or right after King John’s Castle from Newry and the North. Foy Centre is beside primary school, opposite church. It will be signposted on the day.
Check in on Friday 19th April from 7 pm to 8 pm. All runners to check in at this time, if possible.
Also on Saturday morning 20th April 7.45am to 9.00am.
At registration you will receive your goodie bag with event Buff, race number and timing chip for the event. Use this bag if you want gear taken back to the finish line.
KIT & EQUIPMENT
Please refer to the website for equipment requirements for the event. It’s advisable to bring a ‘bum bag’ with mobile phone, if you wish. Decision about race equipment taken that morning at race briefing.
WATER & FEED STATIONS
There will be feed stations located at 5 and 9 mile markers.
There will be water and coke available in cups, with orange quarters and banana halves, sweet jellies available at these stations
Please do not litter the trail. Bin bags located 100m from feed station. Please use them.
‘ Leave No Trace ‘ only footprints !!
SAFETY ALONG THE ROUTE
We will have a sweeper on a mountain bike (Tail End Charlie) who will alert marshals if need be. Also lead biker to head the posse !!
We will have several marshals and warning signs along the run, please adhere to the marshal’s instructions.
If you are being approached by a competitor who is clearly running faster than you please let them past without any undue delay. (‘On the right/On the left – Thank you’ )
There is a small section of the route on a public road. Please be careful, respect the rules of the road and other road users at this point, as the road WILL NOT be closed to traffic.
The local shops in the village and coffee shop at the finish line, Dan’s Stonewall Cafe, will be open from 8.30am on the day of the event.
RACE SPECIFIC INFORMATION
Registration Saturday morning 8.00am to 9.00am.
Race Start 10.00am, 600m from the Lumpers Bar, Toilets available here, Jenkinstown.
10k start at Long Woman’s Grave 10.30am – Portaloo on site.
You will be transported there by bus. Everyone hopefully will take the bus. (To the start !!)
Buses for the half marathon leave the Foy Centre at 9.15am sharp. Please make sure you are on your assigned bus at 9.10am
Buses for the 10k leave the Foy Centre at 9.55am sharp. Please make sure you are on your assigned bus at 9.50am
Please arrive early and allow plenty of time for registration.
DO NOT MISS YOUR BUS TRANSFER TO THE START LOCATION.
RACE BRIEFING for both the half marathon & 10k will take place at the Foy Centre at 9.00am
We hope that everyone has a safe journey to the event and we look forward to welcoming each of you to Carlingford. Once everyone has finished or has been accounted for and the course is cleared, prize giving will take place outside Dan’s Cafe, and we invite you to mingle and stay for a bit of banter and the craic.
Showers available at the Foy Centre.
If anyone has any queries between now and the event please contact us on the mobile 087-8105919 or 0871205616.
The annual ‘Cooley Legends’ gold rush for title glory kicks off in less than four weeks time. This time last year we were experiencing temperatures in the high teens. It was a real ‘barn burner’ up there, with gorse fires glowing in the dark most nights. It’s a wee bit cooler this time around, with the snow slow to lift and the easterly stubborn to change direction. However, with just 25 days to go before the race start, a wee blow of a south westerly should sort things out.
Online entry HERE
The Cooley Legends Half Marathon & 10k will take place on Saturday, 20th April, 2013.
Registration will take place at the Foy Center, Carlingford, opposite church.
Online registration is now open on RunIreland.com HERE
Cooley Legends Half Marathon & 10k 2012 (21/4/2012)
The third running of the Cooley Legends Half-Marathon & 10k took place once again in the glorious setting of Carlingford Lough and the Cooley Mountains.The early morning setting of the Carlingford Sailing Club was the registration base and bus pick-up to the start line at the Lumpers Bar in Jenkinstown, 13.1 miles away. Ugis Karasevs was back once again to defend his title and see if he could deliver a time as fast as 1:24:40 he managed last year.
High on the mountain above the Bellurgan forest through some of the wet peat bog section, some thinking they were shallow puddles. However John McKenna was to discover different, sinking to above his knees in bog, stuck and with the possibility of being fossilised, he was helped out by three follow runners in a spirited act.
Local SetantaTiathlete Jolene Mallon , the defending champion, lead from start to finish in the ladies race posting a fantastic of 1:39:28, for her first top podium of the season, knocking a massive four minutes of last years time.In second position Rachel Nolan was close behind finishing in 1:44:45 and Erin Kate Aleksek in third 1:50:05. As the race entered the rocky fire-road and left civilisation behind, 342m climb was the menu for the first six kilometres.
Grassy Descending, Heaven!
The next part of the Tain Way is truly glorious: the path is narrow and uneven but mostly grass and the decent grade manageable. The first feed station was at the 5mile mark, were runners grabbed a sip of coke at the drinks station, or a nibble at the snack food available, ready for the tarmac stretch coming up
Tarmac relief ?
There was pain and joy here as steepish climbs were followed by fast short descents.At the ‘Long Woman’s Grave’ the runners for the 10k were lining up for their start, a half hour after the start of the Half Marathon. It was a welcome 3 mile gradual tarmac decent to the second feed station. The sun decided to show its face at the sound of the start siren. Martin Curran went into an early lead, holding it unopposed to the finish line in a time of 41:28 setting a new record in the process. He was to be closely followed by Shane Coleman (43:08) and local Setanta Triathlete Fergal Cunningham (43:30) in third. At the 9 mile mark, at the second feed station, runners left the tarmac surface for the final climb to Goylin Pass under the shadow of Slieve Foy, and there was to be no more uphill. Final finisher Kevin Comiskey was given a very special welcome as he ran over the finish line at Dan’s Stone Wall Cafe, and was delighted to receive his finisher Legend medal.
Carlingford and the Lough with the majestic Mourne Mountains, greeted the runners for the final technical descent to the finish.
Once again there was great banter and impressive hand crafted prices outside Dan’s Stonewall Cafe, the proprietor and staff putting on a wonderful post race reception in the village square. A big thanks to all involved Physio Ireland, Carlingford Red Cross, Sailing Club, Garda, Mt. Bike marshals fromCuchulainn Cycle Club, marshals at all the feed stations, the students from Bush Post Primary School who marshaled in the village. To all those who travelled from near and afar to make it another special day.