Run the Ridge

I get involved in a bit of everything these days. Our club Glendalough AC were approached last year by Laragh GAA about helping to organise a race on the Derrybawn Ridge as a fund-raiser for both clubs.

We have a good working relationship with Laragh GAA and use their pitches for Thursday night training which is especially important in winter where we have use of the flood-lights. So now the project is off the ground and for my hill running friends reading this I hope you'll enjoy the courses we have put on offer.

Niall Corrigan, a former client of mine and chairman of Glendalough AC, and myself ran the first version which laid the foundation for the final version which was found after several more routes were tested by Niall and Barry Murray from OptimumNutrition4Sport and Primal3.

The long course is 20 km and takes in all the good parts of the Derrybawn Ridge which, on a dry day, can be one of most enjoyable runs in the heart of Wicklow. For the short course I opted to re-use some parts of the IMRA Trail League 'Derrybawn Woods' route I concocted two years ago. But I removed the rough over-grown path and created a bigger loop. The start is also different - on the Laragh GAA pitches.

Check out the event and I hope to see some old hill running friends here: https://runtheridgeie.wordpress.com/

We are hoping to relocate the site to www.runtheridge.ie tomorrow and there is currently a technical issue with the 'Course details' page which I will look into fixing tomorrow as well.

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