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Conor74
2013-08-12 18:10:19
The Wicklow Round...
...after a few years of putting it on the long finger, finally took up mountain running this summer and ran 5 Irish Mountain Running Association races, including Carrauntoohil, Lugnaquilla and yesterday's end of season biggie, 5 summits in the Galtys. Have to say I've kinda caught the bug, as someone who loves hillwalking for perhaps the physical challenge maybe more than the flora and fauna and scenery. And hillwalking really translates neatly into mountain running, indeed fell running in the UK originated amongst shepherds and mountain guides. There is a big crossover both in the sports and in the people who do them; lots of hard hillwalking is great training for mountain running, whereas never really found it benefitted road running.

Anyway, not sure it's something I've seen here, but there are certain challenges that have taken on legendary status amongst hillwalkers and runners, in England they have the Bob Graham round which is a circuit of 42 summits in 24 hours in the Lake District (though the record for the original 42 now stands at under 14 hours, and indeed the 24 hour record is 77 peaks). Here in Ireland we have the Wicklow Round, 26 peaks and over 6,000m ascent in under 24 hours, complete with rules and regulations. Thought it might be of interest to anyone seeking a challenge...

https://www.imra.ie/wicklowround/


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Route to Claggan NE Top
Onzy 4 hours ago.
walk, Len: 8.0km, Climb: 2m, Area: Claggan Mountain NE Top, North Mayo (Ireland...

  
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Slievemore Circuit
Onzy 4 hours ago.
Route over Slievemore descending over rough grouns to the SE for variety. walk, Len: 8.1km, Climb: 639m, Area: Slievemore, Achill/Corraun (Ireland) Sliev...

  
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Farbreague: from Arderin
ewen 6 days ago.
Walked to Farbreague from Arderin. There is a track that some kind soul has marked with sticks and ribbon. When I say track, it is really a worn down trough in the bog.The multicoloured pipe at th...

Summit Comment
Tonelagee: Fore!!!
ewen a week ago.
Did from the Wicklow gap car park following track 2378.This starts immediately opposite the top entrance to the car park next to the main road. 5 days before there had been snow but now the path w...

  
Summit Summary
Robber's Pass Hill: Minor heathery lump. Overcivilised and underwhelming.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 4 days ago.
This oddly named hill is more a very minor heathery bump incorporated into the system of tracks laid out by the Wicklow Mountains National Park. It can be reached from any of the western car-parks...

  
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Brandon Hill: Grand on Brandon!
MountainBoy a week ago.
Me and my Dad climbed this from the farm track off the Graiguenamanagh-Instioge road on 26/11/16. Right after we got out of the car, we were faced with the dilemma of whether to go straight ahead ...

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Croaghmoyle: Easy walk up to great views
Fergal Meath a week ago.
Low lying cloud/mist/fog discouraged me from putting the effort into going up Nephin today. On the way home I parked at the start of the Croaghmoyle service road and followed it past a wind turbin...

  
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Ben of Howth: Loop walk starting from Howth Harbour
Joshua3 a week ago.
There is a nice loop walking signposted from Howth Harbour taking in the cliff path, summit and going close to the top of the Ben. The Black Linn walk is about 8 km and comfortably completed in un...

  
Track
Binnian-Lamagan Loop
David-Guenot a week ago.
walk, Len: 23.1km, Climb: 1364m, Area: Wee Binnian, Mourne Mountains (Ireland) ...

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Slieve Binnian - more track work ?
gernee 5 days ago.
Revisited Slieve Binnian for the first time in years on Friday - frost underfoot, blue skies and rolling mist contributed to a great walk, despite disappointment at seeing some of the track work u...

  
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ewen
ewen 6 days ago.
Now living furth of Scotland and getting to know the Irish hills. If you come across a Scottish hill Walker with dodgy knees and walking sedately, stop and say hello.

  
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Spelga Loop
David-Guenot a week ago.
walk, Len: 12.7km, Climb: 739m, Area: Pigeon Rock Mountain, Mourne Mountains (I...


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