Cooley Legends Half Marathon 2018

Next years running of the Cooley Legends Half Marathon and 10k will be held on Saturday, 7 April, 2018.

Please follow the link in the ‘Race Info’ or ‘Register’ page to register for this event.


2018 Race Brief

Online entry will close midnight Wednesday 4th:-
Ready to kick off on Saturday, 7th April, 2018 at the Foy Centre, Carlingford.
Check in on Friday 6th April from 7 pm to 8 pm. All runners to check in at this time, if possible.
Also on Saturday morning 7.45am to 8.50am.
Hope to see you there
Legends Team

Race Information – Runners
The half marathon is 13.1 miles and has two long uphill sections followed of course by equally interesting down sections. The course takes in the best views of what the Cooley’s has to offer. As you approach Goylin Pass overlooking Carlingford Lough, you will encounter some breath-taking views. It has a variety of surfaces from forest roads to rocky sheep tracks and some surfaced minor roads, making for a challenging off-road run. The race finishes in the village of Carlingford, a short walk from The Foy Centre.

Bus Departures:-
Half-marathon runners:- All buses will take you from The Foy Center, Carlingford at 9.10am (SHARP), to the Lumpers Pub, in plenty of time before the start, @ 10am.
10k runners/walkers buses will leave The Foy Centre at 9:55am (SHARP) for a 10.20am start at the Windy Gap (Long Womans Grave)

Limited Entries on the day

Online Entries Close: Midnight – Wednesday 4th April 2018
Course: Cooley Legends Half Marathon – 21.1k

Any surplus funds will be donated to our three chosen charities:- RNLI/Clougherhead Life Boat; S.O.S.A.D. & The Birches
Details published on website post event.

Race Check-in The Foy Center,  Carlingford – oppsite church:
Friday 6th April from  7 pm to 8 pm. All runners to check in at this time, if possible.
Saturday 7th April 7.45am to 8.50am. Limited check-in only.
The Route:
The Cooley Legends Half Marathon starts on a prolonged climb over the shoulder of the Cooley Range. In this case 6 kilometres, with a climb of around 330m (a very gentle 5.5% gradient but with a few much steeper spots). A fast descent follows, dropping 200m in 2km before a long flattish stretch as you run firsty north to the ‘Long Woman’s Grave’ then south in the shadow of Carlingford Mountain. Just after the 14km point you climb over the shoulder of Carlingford Mountain a climb of about 150m and of two kilometres length. The second climb, with its 7.5% ascent grade is tougher than the first in those terms, and could prove decisive if the battle is still close at this point. You finish with 3 kilometres of furious downhill until you hit sea-level outside Carlingford to run the final 2.1km on flat tarmac.
Sixty percent of the race is on trail, mainly over the shoulders of the two Cooley mountains braved on the day. The rest is tarmac road.
The categories for prizes are as follows:
Wooden Trophies and medals will be on offer for the winning participants in each of the categories of the race. Prize giving at finish line approx 1pm. once final finisher has crossed the line, RESPECT !!

Half and 10k.
Open Men (18-39); Veteran Men (40-49); Classic Men (50+); Vintage Men (60+)
Open Woman (18-39); Veteran Woman (40-49); Classic Woman (50+) Vintage Woman (60+)

What Type of Terrain
The race will start and finish on surfaced roads, with 60% of the course off/road so trail shoes are highly recommended. At this time of year the mountain could be damp !! If dry, and you are a competent off-road runner, then road runners should be suitable, at your own risk of course, the choice is yours.
Safety is First and Foremost:
Off-road trail runners highly recommended !!
All racers are required to follow the rules of the road on the public roads –  staying to the left, obeying the instructions of Gardaí, marshals, etc.
Participants should note, it is also essential that all competitors undertake a training programme in the months leading up to this event to ensure the day is a memorable one, for all the right reasons.
Participants must be aware that weather conditions in the area can change and deteriorate rapidly and should bring appropiate clothing to keep them warm in any adverse weather.


Cooley Legends 2018

2018 Event Date – 7th April, 2018

The 9th Cooley Legends Half Marathon & 10k will take place on Saturday, 7th April, 2018. Registration will take place at the Foy Center, Carlingford, opposite church.

Event Listing  HERE on

2018 Event Registration RIGHT HERE


Cooley legend – Cuchulainn

Additional Winners Trophy 2016

With the year that’s in it, and the fact that Cuchulainn is the Legend of all ‘Cooley Legends’ , it was decided to present this bronze statue of the legendary Irish hero Cuchulainn, by Irish sculptor Oliver Sheppard, being a memorial to the participants of the 1916 rising.
the legend relates that when mortally wounded in battle, Cuchulainn tied himself to a pillar so that he might face his enemies, even in death. Only when a raven perched on his shoulder did they dare to approach.
This memorial was unveiled at the GPO, Dublin, on Easter Sunday, 21st April, 1935. Inscribed underneath are the names of the seven signatories of the proclamation of the Irish Republic.image


Calling Legends 2016

Provisional date for Cooley Legends Half Marathon & 10k set for Saturday, 16th April, 2016..

Thanks again for your participation in the Legends 2015 run. Donations to the followings were made with much appreciation :-

M.S. Society (local branch) €200

Carlingford Red Cross €150

Irish Breast Cancer Society €900

Chapeau one and all.


Legends 2015 results

Results can be found on  HERE for the Half Marathon and HERE for the 10k.

Martin Campbell 13 01:31:59
Adrian Farrell 33 01:32:07
Niall O’rourke 92 01:32:43