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Gaelforce Sky Run

Leenaun, County Galway, Ireland

Killary Adventure Company, Derrynacleigh, Leenaun, County Galway, Ireland

Sat 10th July 2021

Starting at 09:00

Organiser's Description


It does not now seem likely that a return to racing in March is possible so we are making the decision to move the Gaelforce Sky Run to the safety net date of 10th July 2021.

Discover Irish mountain running in the rugged wildness of the Maamturk mountains in Connemara.

This event offers a serious challenge to seasoned mountain runners with the 22km distance, the 13km distance also offers a good challenge on the mountains, and the 12km introduction distance is perfect for anyone who would like to try some mountain and trail running. Fully marked courses – navigation not necessary.

Special access has been granted to this stunning route by local landowners. This is the only opportunity you will have to run these routes, making it a unique and exciting event. The Gaelforce Sky Run will be the first event in the Skyrunner UK & Ireland Series 2021.
22Km - Expert Details

Challenging terrain throughout with steep ascents and descents and vast panoramic views. Before entering please read our Entry Requirements.

UTMB Qualifying Race - Part of the Skyrunner UK & Ireland Series 2021

Max Elevation 605m

Elevation Gain 1295m

CAT 1 Climb x 1

CAT 2 Climb x 1

Please make sure you are aware of the Mandatory Kit List which is extremely important for all distances of the Mountain Run.

13Km - Intermediate Details

Challenging terrain throughout with steep ascents and descents. 13km across 3 peaks. Before entering please read our Entry Requirements

Max Elevation 565m

Elevation Gain 715m

CAT 2 Climb x 1

Please make sure you are aware of the Mandatory Kit List which is extremely important for all distances of the Mountain Run.

12Km - Introductory Details

For those who are new to mountain running and are looking for an introductory event this route is a perfect mix of trail and hill. You will need a reasonable level of fitness

Max Elevation 293m

Elevation Gain 295m

Please make sure you are aware of the Mandatory Kit List which is extremely important for all distances of the Mountain Run.

Entry Requirements - 12Km

While you do not need to have mountain running experience you do need to have a moderate level of fitness to allow you to cover the distance running. You will be running off-road on bog and uneven terrain and the weather could be challenging so you should take this into account before entering the race.

Saying that it is the perfect race to help you transition from road running to mountain running.

Entry Requirements - 13Km / 22Km

These are events for experienced mountain runners only, i.e those who take part in mountain runs on a regular basis.

The area where the race takes place is remote, the terrain is difficult - wet, boggy, slippy and very steep in places - and the weather patterns are very changeable.

It is not suitable for those who, while fit, are used to running on roads and tracks only - we offer the 12km Introductory Event as an introduction to mountain running.

Due to the length of the course and the shorter daylight hours this event cannot be walked, it must be done at a jogging/running pace.

If you are not sure that this event is suitable for you then it probably is not.

There is a strict cut off time of 4 hours (1pm) at the bottom of the final ascent. If you miss this cut off you must follow the short route home.

Mandatory Kit List

VERY IMPORTANT: Trail running shoes must be worn. These must be shoes with an aggressive thread. Large parts of the route have no trail, only soft ground. Anyone wearing road runners will not be allowed to start the race.

Hooded waterproof jacket must be carried with you regardless of the weather. The weather in the mountains is changeable so this item is essential

Light micro-fleece or heavy thermal layer

Headwear of some description, eg. woolly hat or buff

Whistle to attract attention in an emergency

Space blanket

Bottle that can carry minimum 200ml of water

Food, particularly to provide you with fuel in an emergency (minimum of Mars bar or natural food bar)

Mobile phone that has the Race Director's and emergency numbers pre-saved into it plus enough battery to last your estimated race time

What's Included

Event merchandise

Finishers medal

A fully marked route

Full safety cover

One-off access to this stunning route

Use of electronic timing devises

Post-event food


Start and Finish line are located at Killary Adventure Centre, Leenane, Co Galway H91 PY61

Other Information

Registration will be postal

Changing rooms with limited shower facilities will be available at the finish line at Killary Adventure Centre

All entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable, this includes transfers to other years, events or people. Please do make sure that you can commit to both the event and the training before you enter one of our events

We cannot facilitate any wave or distance changes after you have entered an event. Please be sure to sign up for your prefered wave and distance when entering an event. If you preferred wave or distance is not listed online, it is sold-out and we cannot add anyone to sold-out waves or distances.


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