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****Important Notice Laragh Trail Run Postponed****
Due to the spread of Coronavirus Covid-19 and in the interest of public health and safety, in an effort to reduce the spread of infection we have made the difficult decision to postpone the event which is due to take place the 21st March 2020. We would ask our followers to share this post to make people aware. The new date for the Laragh Trail Run will be August 29th 2020. Please feel free to message the page with any questions. Apologies for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your continued support.

The Laragh Trail Run is a trail run organised by the Parents’ Association of St. Kevin’s National school, Laragh. The objective of the run is to raise funds annually for the school which from 2013 has housed the area Autism unit and provides quality education to a diverse student body. The event is a celebration of the beautiful environment of the Wicklow uplands and promotes Laragh as a mountain village ideal for healthy and active lifestyles. The event brings together the community and the walkers, runners and visitors who spend time in this scenic part of County Wicklow. The event is open to all and is suitable for all levels of fitness provided you can walk or run a hilly 6km or 12km trails.

Event details and schedule

The Parents’ Association of Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa (St. Kevin’s N.S.) welcomes all participants to the 2020 Laragh Trail Run. We hope the runners, joggers and walkers from within Wicklow and from all around the country and from overseas have a safe, enjoyable and rewarding run, jog or walk in the beautiful Wicklow uplands here in Laragh Glendalough.

We hope that having completed this beautiful course that all participants will drop back into the school and enjoy some free refreshments including cake, tea, coffee, water. When you finish the run there are free sports therapy massages on a first come first served basis – just follow the signs in the school buildings.

Come and treat yourself – you’ll deserve it!

The event has been made possible through the support of Coilte, which is providing access to the scenic Laragh woods in the village of Laragh Glendalough for the event. Other organisations and individuals volunteering time, facilities and assistance include Laragh GAA, our sports therapists, McCoys XL Shop Laragh, Adventure.ie, Soundhire.ie and the multitude of bakers and volunteers helping on the day.

 Littering

 The event fully complies the Leave No Trace policy of Coilte. The main principles of the policy are:

 

  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Travel on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect wildlife

 

In this regard all participants are required not to litter the trail and dispose of all waste appropriately.

 

Aid Stations/On Course Support

This is an unsupported event. In other words there are no water or feed stations on the course. Any water or food products such as gels or bars that are brought onto the mountain by any individual must be brought back off the mountain by that individual. Any littering of any kind not only goes against the spirit of the event but will undermine attempts to secure permits for future events. Participants identified as littering will be DQ’d.

To further protect the environment and limit potential congestion in the village participants are requested to carpool whenever possible. Please note that on the morning of the event there is no parking to the rear of St. Kevin’s National School, which is reserved for Mountain Rescue and access vehicles. Participants are asked to park in Laragh GAA pitch on the Laragh to Rathdrum road (R755) less than 5-minute jog from registration. If parking elsewhere please respect residents and do not block the road or entrance to property or businesses. Parking will be signposted.

Toilet facilities and supervised bag drop area are available in Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa – please follow signs in the registration area. Toilets are also available in the clubhouse at the parking area in Laragh GAA.

 

Photographs

Photographs of the event will be published on the Laragh Trail Run Facebook page (www.facebook.com/laragh.trailrun). If any participant wishes to have a photograph containing their image removed from Facebook pages they should email the event organizer laraghtrailrun@gmail.com.

 

Safety

The Parents’ Association wishes to thank the Glen of Immal Mountain Rescue for supporting the event with emergency cover. Most of the course has mobile phone coverage. Participants are advised to enter the following race phone number in their mobile phones should they wish to ring for assistance while on the course: [INSERT EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER FOR RACERS TO RING TO BE CONFIRMED]. This phone will be active on the day of the event only. Please use only in case of emergency. Also, please take note of the location of marshals as indicated on course maps at the entrance to Laragh Woods and in the sign-on hall at Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa. Radio-enabled marshals are available at the 12km turn around point and they are in touch with Glen of Immal Mountain Rescue support on the course.

Please take time to read the rest of the race briefing and pay particular attention to the course maps. Both the 6km (5.9km approximate actual length) and 12km (11.6km approximate actual length) are mainly on wide Coillte forest roads but there are single-track sections with hazards such as rocks and exposed roots.

Participants are advised to wear suitable clothing for the trail run and it is strongly recommended that you wear trail running shoes and have a long sleeve rain jacket with you. Please remember that the weather can change quickly on the hills.

Primarily your safety on the trails is your responsibility. Please inform a marshal of any medical needs or injuries requiring attention while on the course/at completion. The First Aid station is in Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa at registration. This includes a Defib. Please assist any injured runner and make the situation known to the nearest marshal.

On course all junctions are marked. All major junctions are marshaled. Please follow the direction of marshals particularly at the point where the course splits into the 6km and 12km routes (at approximately 3.5km point).

All entrants are required to attend the relevant race briefing for last minute course changes and warnings about conditions on the mountain.

 

Event Timetable: Saturday March 21st 2020

PARKING

8:50am Parking opens Laragh GAA pitch

REGISTRATION AND SIGN-ON

8:50am to 9:50am Sign-on in Scoil Chaoimhin Naofa, Laragh Glendalough, Co. Wicklow for adult runs (6km and 12km)

START TIMES and RACE BRIEFING

9:20am Race briefing (Long Course)

9:30am Long Course start

9:50am Race briefing (Short Course)

10:00am Short Course start

12:00 All Courses Close

Make sure you take advantage of the legendary Laragh Trail Run spread of cake, sandwiches and coffee at Scoil Chaoimhin Naofa after race finish.

Course Brief: 6km

The course is a 6km loop with small sections of out-and-back, largely on single-track. The surface is largely hard packed but has some sections through deciduous and coniferous wood with some parts on rocky surfaces that can be slippery in the wet. In some areas the trail has uneven surfaces, exposed roots, deadfall and low hanging branches. All participants are requested to take due care.

The start and finish line are both at the entrance gate to Laragh Woods at the rear of Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa, Laragh. Participants follow the main hard-packed trail to the first intersection with another hard-packed trail. Participants continue straight on and up. The trail climbs for approximately 1km through a left turn and then straight on for approximately 0.5km towards Derrybawn Mountain (across the valley).

At this point participants move onto a narrower single trail. At this point slower runners, joggers and walkers should keep alert for runners coming in the opposite direction.

Participants continue on this single track for approximately 0.75km through a tattered old gate, through a tunnel-like copse of conifer trees and up a rocky ascent. At the top of the rocky ascent participants will reach the turnaround point with stunning views down the Glendalough valley. Here you will see the upper and lower lakes, Derrybawn Mountain to your left and Camaderry Mountain to the right of the lakes. Take a moment to enjoy the view!

Participants go round the marker and head back the way they came. Once they rejoin the main hard-packed trail participants continue on for approximately 0.2km and then take the left fork on the last climb of the run.

The last climb of the run takes participants along a gradually narrowing trail around the base of Brockagh Mountain. This trail travels through coniferous woods on either side and then sharply descends veering right until it enters a T- junction. As participants reach the T-junction they go right and down again following this main trail for approximately 1km back towards the first major crossroads they crossed earlier in the race.

At the crossroads the participants turn a sharp left (about 160 degrees) into single-track through deciduous woods on the Wicklow Way. Participants will have the Glenmacnass River running down below them to their left. This track will be muddy with trip hazards.

When participants reach the next junction in the trail they turn right and out across open meadow and scrub back to the main hard-packed trail. At the hard-packed trail turn left.

After about 20 metres participants take a sharp right into mixed woodland and travel along a single-track trail through the woods and back to the start-finish line. This track will be muddy with trip hazards.

Please note: all major junctions on the 6km are marked. The course will have course marshals to help direct participants.

Subject to conditions on the day there may be some changes to the course so participants must attend the course briefing at the start-finish line. The race briefing is an important safety measure for our event. Any last minute changes to the course will be announced at this time and we will inform you of any safety issues that may affect your race.

Well done. Have some cake! Thanks for participating and supporting Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa National School and ASD Unit.

Course Brief: 12km

The 12km course is an extension of the 6km course with an out-and-back section to the foot of the waterfall near Mall Hill. The out-and-back section is on Coilte trails, junctions are marked and marshals are present. T2 is roughly 400m past the Waterfall and constitutes the turnaround point for the inward leg.

The 12km route follows the first approximately 4km of the 6km route. The start and finish line are both at the entrance gate to Laragh Woods at the rear of St. Kevin’s National School. Participants follow the main hard-packed trail to the first intersection with another hard-packed trail. Participants continue straight on and up. The trail climbs for approximately 1km through a left turn and then straight on for approximately 0.5km towards Derrybawn Mountain (across the valley).

At this point participants move onto a narrower single trail. At this point slower runners, joggers and walkers should keep alert for runners coming in the opposite direction.

Participants continue on this single track for approximately 0.75km through a tattered old gate, through a tunnel-like copse of conifer trees and up a rocky ascent. At the top of the rocky ascent participants will reach the turnaround point with stunning views down the Glendalough valley. Here you will see the upper and lower lakes, Derrybawn Mountain to your left and Camaderry Mountain to the right of the lakes. Take a moment to enjoy the view!

Participants turn round and head back the way they came. Once they rejoin the main hard-packed trail participants continue on for approximately 0.2km and then take the left fork on the next climb of the run.

The next climb of the run takes participants along a trail around the base of Brockagh Mountain. This trail travels through coniferous woods on either side and then sharply descends veering right until it enters a T- junction. As participants reach the T-junction they turn left (participants in the 6km will go right at this point).

The course follows the Coilte trail that stays left at the next junction and gradually climbs for approximately 1km before taking a marked junction to the right and descending to the base of the Waterfall. The course continues on for approximately 400m to the turnaround point where participants re-trace their steps back approximately 3km to the first major crossroads they crossed earlier in the race.

At the crossroads the participants turn a sharp left (approximately 160 degrees) into single-track through deciduous woods on the Wicklow Way. Participants will have the Glenmacnass River running down below them to their left. This track will be muddy with trip hazards.

When participants reach the next junction in the trail they turn right and out across open meadow and scrub back to the main hard-packed trail. At the hard-packed trail turn left.

After about 20 metres participants take a sharp right into mixed woodland and travel along a single-track trail through the woods and back to the start-finish line. This track will be muddy with trip hazards.

Subject to conditions on the day there may be some changes to the course so participants must attend the course briefing at the start-finish line. The race briefing is an important safety measure for our event. Any last minute changes to the course will be announced at this time and we will inform you of any safety issues that may affect your race.

Well done. Have some cake! And a massage! Thanks for participating and supporting Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa National School and ASD Unit.

Waiver:

Waiver Please read carefully before signing acknowledgment, waiver and
release from liability (AWRL) I acknowledge that a trail run event is a test of a
person’s physical and mental limits and carries with it potential for death,
serious injury, and property loss. I HEREBY ASSUME THE RISKS OF
PARTICIPATING IN TRAILRUNNING/WALKING. I certify that I am physically
fit and have sufficiently trained for participation in this event(s), and have not
been advised against participation by a qualified health professional. I
acknowledge I have sufficient navigation skills and open mountain skills to
complete the course. I waive, release, AND DISCHARGE from any and all
claims, losses, or liabilities for death, personal injury, partial or permanent
disability, property damage, medical or hospital bills, theft, or damage of any
kind, including economic losses, which may in the future arise out of or related
to my participation in or my traveling to and from the Laragh Trailrun THE
FOLLOWING PERSONS OR ENTITIES: SCOIL CHAOIMHIN NAOFA,
EVENT SPONSORS,RACE DIRECTORS,EVENT PRODUCERS,
VOLUNTEERS, EVEN IF SUCH CLAIMS, LOSSES, OR LIABILITIES ARE
CAUSED BY THE NEGLIGENT ACTS OR OMISSIONS OF THE PERSONS I
AM HEREBY RELEASING OR ARE CAUSED BY THE NEGLIGENT ACTS
OR OMISSIONS OF ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY; (d) I
ACKNOWLEDGE, that there may be traffic or persons ON THE course, route
and I ASSUME THE RISK OF PARTICIPATING IN THE LARAGH
TRAILRUN. I also ASSUME ANY AND ALL OTHER RISKS associated with
participating in the LARAGH TRAIL RUN including, but not limited to falls,
contact and/or effects with other participants, effects of weather including heat
and / or humidity, defective equipment, the condition of the roads, water
hazards, and any hazard that may be posed by spectators or volunteers. All
such risks being known and appreciated by me, I further acknowledge that
these risks include risks that may be the result of the negligence of the
persons or entities mentioned above or of other persons or entities. I AGREE
NOT TO SUE any of the persons or entities mentioned above for any of the
claims, losses, or liabilities that I have waived, released, or discharged herein.
I IDENTIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS the persons or entities mentioned above
from any and all claims made or liabilities assessed against them as a result
of: (I) my actions or inaction’s: (ii) the action’s, inaction’s or negligence of
others including those parties hereby indemnified: (iii) the conditions of the
facilities, equipment or areas where the event or activity is being conducted:
(iv) the Competitive Rules; or (v) any other harm caused by occurrence
related to the LARAGH TRAILRUN; and (g) I GRANT PERMISSION for the
use of my name and / or likeness relating to my participation in the LARAGH
TRAIL RUN, and I WAIVE all rights to any future compensation to which I may
otherwise be entitled as a result of the use of my name or likeness, I HEREBY
AFFIRM THAT I AM EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OLD OR OLDER, I HAVE
READ THIS DOCUMENT, AND I UNDERSTAND IT’S CONTENTS.

 

End.

Organised by

Laragh Trail Run

Laragh Woods, Laragh

Phone: 0868543649

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