A classical cycling route slightly re-done to add up to exactly 42.2ish kilometres or the full marathon distance running clockwise up to Sally Gap via the Glenmacnass Waterfall before meandering past Lough Tay and returning via the Drummin/Oldbridge townland. 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!
The few marathons that are similar to this would be the Snowdonia Marathon in Wales and the Great Langdale Marathon in the Lake District in England.
Absolutely yes. We won't go ahead unless official measurement and final race permit from AAI and WAI are obtained. We are in the final stages of discussing this.
Yes, the 2017 race includes medals and t-shirt for the first 100 people to sign-up to the marathon and half-marathon respectively. Half-marathon t-shirts are sold out as of 11 am on 18th of May and any sign-ups after that will only receive the medal. If we have a surplus of marathon t-shirts, half-marathoners without a t-shirt have an option of taking one of them but this is not guaranteed.
Yes, this event is a fund-raiser for Glendalough AC and our ongoing commitment to development of athletics in the greater Laragh area.
Discussions are still going on around this but we hope for 150-300 runners in the first year and hope no cap will be set lower than that. Ideally we'd like even more runners but we will work with the Gardai and local authorities on settling on an optimal number for everyone.
There’ll be music at the finish and cakes and other treats to enjoy at Brockagh. We’ll be hosting the prize-giving in the Brockagh Centre main hall from 2 pm.
The top-3 runners in the marathon will receive 150, 75 and 50 euros respectively in the men and women’s categories. The winner of each age category (O40, O50, O60 and O70) will receive 35 euros each. In the half-marathon the top-3 finishers will receive 75, 40 and 25 euros respectively in men and women’s categories with 20 euros for the category winners. You can only win one prize receiving the highest value prize if you claim two. So if the winner of the race is over-40 his or her category prize goes to the second in that category.

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.
Yes, the route has several good support points and will have a fully realised safety statement on top of this. We hope to provide fluid at minor station and ferry dropped bags with your own gear/fluid at the midway point at Sally Gap.
The marathon starts on the road next to the Lower Lake about 400m away from the Glendalough Hotel. The Half-Marathon starts in the Upper Lake Car Park which is about a mile further into the valley than the marathon. In 2018: the finish line is changed from Brockagh Centre to Laragh GAA.
Yes – you have 7 hours and 30 minutes to complete the full marathon – meaning the course closes at 4 pm. You must arrive at the Sallygap checkpoint (just past the half-marathon mark) in 5 hours or less and you must arrive at the Lough Tay checkpoint (around 29 km) in less than 6 hours. Failure to do so means you must retire there and will be collected shortly after by the sweeper vehicle.
A classical cycling route slightly re-done to add up to exactly 42.2ish kilometres or the full marathon distance running clockwise up to Sally Gap via the Glenmacnass Waterfall before meandering past Lough Tay and returning via the Drummin/Oldbridge townland.

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!
The full marathon begins at 8:30 am to allow for as traffic and cyclist free a route as possible. The half-marathon starts 30 minutes later at 9 am.
No, but you should have a good base of endurance and the ability to pace yourself well. If you can do that you will complete the course. The field will likely feature a wide mixture of abilities but it is best if you have previously completed a flatter marathon.
Please note we cannot, under any circumstances, provide refunds for orders placed. We can, however, as a courtesy provide a transfer to next year's event - either the half-marathon or marathon (your choice).
Official parking is at the Brockagh Centre in Laragh with overflow at the Laragh School across the road (you will be guided there should it be necessary). For those staying in Laragh we recommend walking over.

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.
You can register in the Brockagh Centre from 7 to 9 pm Friday the 27th of May or 7 am to 8:30 am on Saturday 28th (race day). If you are running the marathon you must have picked up your number by 8 am on the 28th ideally to make the last bus to the start line.
There will be toilets at registration, at the finish line and at the start of the half-marathon. There are no toilets at the start of the marathon so please factor this in.

Showers are available in the Brockagh Centre but they require a €1 coin to operate.
Your number with chip, safety pins, briefing sheet, medal and t-shirt (if you were among the first 100 to sign up for each race).
You can drop off your gear in the Brockagh Centre the morning of race day but not during registration Friday evening.
Yes, we will be taking registrations on the day at the late fee. Please note we can only take CASH PAYMENTS on the day and there are no ATMs in Laragh village or in Glendalough (the nearest ATMs are in Roundwood and Rathdrum – 10 and 15 minutes’ drive away respectively).
Yes, we will have water stations roughly every 6km with a full map to be published before race day. If you require anything else than water you will need to carry it.

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.
Yes, supporters and support cyclists and cars are allowed on the course on two conditions: 1) your supporters vehicles should not obstruct or interfere with the official race cars and 2) your supporters or support vehicle should not interfere with other competitors and participants.

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 marathon course is estimated to be at least 10% slower than a normal flat city marathon but the cumulative climbs may mean this is a bit optimistic. The half-marathon will be around 5% slower than normal but is quicker than the marathon overall as the last 9 km are mainly downhill.
The first man and woman to reach the Sally Gap cross-roads will take this crown and a prize. Runners must complete the race to claim it. Should a runner drop out after having been first to the Sallygap cross-rounds, then the prize will go to second-placed runner.

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.
Our payment vendors (Stripe and EventGen) do not send out payment confirmations on purchases, so you will not receive an email to confirm your purchase. You should, however, receive a confirmation screen in your browser. If in doubt check your bank statement. In due time (usually in the last 2-3 weeks before the race) you will receive several information emails from the Race Director