There is one exception: the first male and female finishers of the Lap of the Gap Marathon who crossed the Sally Gap cross-roads will receive a 50 euro ‘bonus prize’ as King and Queen of the Hill.
To say the route is hilly is not doing it justice - its a marathon to run for the pure experience, the physical and mental challenge and the scenery rather than the personal best potential!
You have the option of boarding buses going to the start from the Brockagh Centre or having a friend or family members drop you off near the two start lines.
The buses will be shuttling runners to the starting area between 7 and 9 am with marathoners boarding with priority. Last bus for the marathon start will leave around 8:10 am with the last bus for the half-marathon start leaving around 8:40 am. Bring disposable cover if it’s raining. Remember the nearest toilets to the start lines are around 400-600 metres away so use the Brockagh Centre facilities if possible.
There is pay parking at the start line of the half-marathon (€4) and within 500m of the marathon start line (also €4). Priority will be given to marathon runners on the first buses (if full). The pay parking spots are the Visitor Centre Car Park, Glendalough Hotel car park and the Upper Lake Car Park. We recommend using the Upper Lake Car Park.
Showers are available in the Brockagh Centre but they require a €1 coin to operate.
Water will be served in 250 ml bottles and there will cones where you should throw the bottle away after use so it is easy to collect and we don’t ‘leave bottles out there’ in the National Park. There will also be water at the finish as well as tea, coffee and cakes. Runners will receive a token so they can avail of these.
This may be revisited in future years where the growing numbers will likely make it impossible to continue having direct support on the course.
The primary marking is paint on the road every 1 mile and at the half-marathon turning point and the start lines. The mile will be specified: i.e. ‘26’ or ’10 mi’ and visible on the side of the road where the fastest line is or on both sides where the middle of the road is the fastest line (as per the Jones counter that measured the course).
- White paint = Half-marathon
- Yellow paint = Full marathon
There will also be signs on the majority of mile markers as well marshals and signs to ensure you don’t run off course at the few junctions where this is a relevant concern. Remember the Jones counter is more accurate than GPS watches and your watch will ‘lose signal’ briefly once you get higher up on the route. This, along with not running the ‘best line’, can lead your watch to be early or late. Trust the markers as they are extremely accurate.