Gaelforce Sky Run

Leenaun, County Galway, Ireland

Organiser's Description

The Gaelforce Sky Run is a mountain runnning event incorporating 3 distances to suit different levels of mountain running fitness and experience.

Set in the ruggad wildness of the Maamturk mountains the event, which is now entering its 6th year, offers a 22KM or 13KM race on the open mountains, no trails, for more experienced runners and an 12KM trail/mountain race for those starting out in the sport.

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 very special event.

1. 22KM EXPERT MOUNTAIN RUN (UTMB Qualifying Race)
2. 13KM INTERMEDIATE MOUNTAIN RUN
3. 12KM INTRODUCTORY MOUNTAIN/TRAIL RUN

Start Time

09:00am

Races

  • 12 km Introductory Run
    €50 BOOK
  • 13km Intermediate Run
    €53 BOOK
  • 22km Expert Sky Run
    €53 BOOK

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

UTMB Qualifying Race - Part of the Skyrunner UK & Ireland Series 2020

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.

Challenging terrain throughout with steep ascents and descents. 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.

For those who are new to mountain running and are looking for an introductory event. 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.

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.

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.

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

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