Frequently Asked Questions
When is the next Glendalough Trail Event?
The next Glendalough Trail run Event is on Sat November 4, 2017
What is the race course like?
The main race (Long Course) will be 15.5km long and the Short Course event will be a 8.6km route for joggers / walkers.
The route is totally free of traffic and mainly on good quality forest trails.
In the Long Course (15.5km) route there is approximately 800m of very mucky trail with lots of fallen tree branches to cross.
Trail shoes are recommended particularly for the Long Course (15.5km) event.
Your shoes will get wet and mucky in the longer event but should not in the Short course event unless you splash in puddles.
What time does the race start?
The Long Course (15.5km) race will start at 11am for all runners and most joggers.
ONLY VERY SLOW joggers and visually impaired athletes in Long course (15.5k) event may start at 10.30am as otherwise it distorts finish line results service and may mean marshals are not all in place in time etc
If you are a fast walker, and are confident of finishing the Long Course (15.5km) in less than 3 hours then please start at 10.30am - For guidance a fast walker would be someone that could complete a flat terrain 10km walking in less than 90 minutes
The Race Director reserves the right to limit access to the 10.30am start to those they deem suitable to avoid results confusion!
All Joggers & Walkers in the Non-competitive 8.6km short event start at 11.30am
Briefing at rear of Glendalough Hotel at 11.15am for Short Course Participants
Is there parking available?
Parking is available at the Brockagh Resource Centre & nearby public areas
Please carpool as space is limited.
Overflow car parking is kindly provided by Laragh GAA club on the Rathdrum Road
Please allow 10 minutes to walk to the Brockagh Centre from here.
Parking is not permitted for race participants at the OPW Visitor's Centre Car Park or Glendalough Hotel
How do I enter the Glendalogh Trail?
What happens when I enter online?
Your card details will be processed and debited for the entry fee amount and you will receive an e-mail detailing your receipt number.
*Race is limited to 300 particiapants
How much is the entry fee?
The basic on-line early bird entry fee is €15 until June 30, normal entry from July 1 to October 15 is €20 and late entry is €25 (from October 16 to when we fill*).
When you enter you commit to raise or donate a further €50 minimum sponsorship to the charity Fighting Blindness
Total minimum cost to participate is therefore €65, €70 or €75 depending on when you enter.
The Glendalough Trail is an annual fundraising event for Fighting Blindness.
By submitting an entry for the event, all participants are agreeing to raise or donate a further €50 minimum towards the work of Fighting Blindness.
To find out how your sponsorship money will be used CLICK HERE
When is race sign on?
On the day of the event all participants must sign on and collect their race number from the Brockagh Resource Centre in Laragh Village, just uphill from McCoys shop/petrol pumps - Brockagh Centre location map here.
All participants must have entered the race online prior to midnight on Tuesday Oct 31st unless race limit* reached in advance of this date.
There will be no entry available on the day of the event.
Race sign on will begin at 9am in the Brockagh Resource Centre. Race sign on is open from 9am to 10.40am.
Tea and coffee is available for all participants at the registration point as shown on the map below.
Will I be given instructions prior to the race?
Race briefing will take place prior to the event and participants will be given instructions about the race.
Race briefing for slow joggers and visually impaired athletes in the Long Course (15.5km) event will take place in the Brockagh Centre at 10.10am.
These participants will then be transferred to the race start location for a 10.30am start by our courtesy bus.
Race briefing for the main field of 15.5km Long Course runners will take place at 10.45am in the car park to the rear of the Glendalough Hotel (There are some toilets available here). Participants will then walk to the race start at 10.50am and race will start at 11.00am
Short course (8.6km) event will start at 11.30am - Assemble in Car park at rear of Glendalough Hotel for Race Briefing at 11.15am
How do I get to the start line?
Participants can walk/jog to the Glendalough Hotel from the Brockagh Centre (1km). There will be a limited capacity courtesy bus service from the Brockagh Centre to the Glendalough Hotel car park - Please jog or walk to the start area where possible thanks.
Will the course be marked?
The route will be clearly marked with yellow arrows & red & white tape which should be followed.
Are there any water stations along the race route?
There will be a water station at 6.7km & at ~11km in the long event and at ~4 km in the short event plus at the finish line.
Is there a race cut off time?
Yes - The full course will officially close at 1.30pm.
This will allow sufficient time for participants to walk the Long course (15.5 km) at a brisk pace if you start at 10.30am
The 15.5km long course event will start at 11.00am
The 8.6 km short course event will start at 11.30am
Race signage and marshals will be removed in accordance with this schedule.
Where can I leave my belongings?
A baggage and key drop area will be available in the Brockagh Resource Centre, beside the registration desk. Items left in this area will be labelled with your race number.
The race organisers will not accept responsibility for items of value left in this area.
How is the race timed?
Both the 15.5km and 8.6km events will be chip timed
Please ensure your race number is attached on Front Outer Clothing as the timing chip is incorporated into the race number.
When will the results be available?
We aim to process results as soon as possible after race finish and publish provisional results on day of race on this website.
Where does the race finish?
The race will finish on the "Green Road" close to the pedestrian bridge near the OPW visitors centre.
Are refreshments provided after the race?
Fruit and water will be provided at the finish line.
Tea, coffee, soup and light refreshments will be available in the Brockagh Resource Centre for all participants after the race.
Are there prizes for the race winners?
In the 15.5km event prizes will be given for the first three and first over 40 (Outside the top 3) male and female finishers.
The 8.6km event is designed as a non-competitive event to be enjoyed and no prizes will be awarded.
Prizes will be presented at ~1.15 pm in the Brockagh Centre
All event participants will be chip timed and provisional results will be available on event website on race day
Will I receive a race tee shirt or goody bag?
A Glendalough Trail running t-shirt will be available for all participants at registration on the day of the event.
In order to minimise entry fees for participants, and lower costs for Fighting Blindness, goody bags will not be provided.
Do I get a refund or deferment if I am unable to attend?
Unfortunately we are unable to provide a refund or deferment if you are unable to take part.
Can I transfer my number if I can't run?
We will take entry transfers (one name change per entry) and change of distance requests FOC prior to October 23.
Please do the change yourself at your Active Network Race registration link
Who can I contact for further help?
For race information, please contact Paul on firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about Fighting Blindness, donating sponsorship or other fundraising events, please contact Amanda at email@example.com or 01 6789 004