2017 Race Brief

Online entry will close midnight Wednesday 5th:-
Ready to kick off on Saturday, 8th April, 2017 at the Foy Centre, Carlingford.
Check in on Friday 7th 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 5th April 2017
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 7th April from  7 pm to 8 pm. All runners to check in at this time, if possible.
Saturday 8th 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.

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By CLEC

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