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GAELFORCE NORTH– 63KM

GAELFORCE NORTH– 63KM

DISCIPLINE DISTANCES IN THE 63KM COURSE:

  1. Running/walking: 19.5km approx
  2. Cycling: 42km approx
  3. Kayaking: 2km max

 


STAGE 1 TRAIL AND ROAD RUN (15.5KM)

Starting at the southwest end of Glenveagh Valley running along a narrow path through the Bridle Pass, into the grounds of Glenveagh Castle and up and over Gartan Mountain (200m height) to Gartan Lake. 

STAGE 2 CYCLING (24KM)

Cycling on sealed roads through Glenveagh National Park and alongside the Derryveagh Mountains, to Errigal Mountain

STAGE 3 ERRIGAL MOUNTAIN RUN/WALK (4KM)

A marked route up and down Mount Errigal. Terrain is varied, including bog nearer the base and scree further up.

Competitors must reach the base of Errigal by 1.30pm otherwise they will not be allowed to climb.

STAGE 4 CYCLING AND KAYAKING (2KM)

From the bottom of Errigal a short cycle approx 3.5km to Dunlewy Centre and the Kayak transition. There is a time out at the kayak transition except for those in Wave 1 competing for a podium position. The boats are tandem sit-on-top kayaks. You will paddle a looped course on the lake.

STAGE 5 CYCLING AND FINAL RUN (14.5KM)

Cycle back on to the R251 turning left. At the next T Junction turn left on to the N56.After approx 3km in Gweedore turn right on to the R258 into Bunbeg. Turn right at the T-junction, follow the road for approx 800m then turn left. Follow marshalsand sign posting to CLG Ghaoth Dobhair.

The race ends with a short run to the finish line.  

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GAELFORCE NORTH– 45KM

GAELFORCE NORTH– 45KM

DISCIPLINE DISTANCES IN THE 45KM COURSE:

  1. Running/walking: 12km approx
  2. Cycling: 32km approx
  3. Kayaking: 1km max

STAGE 1 TRAIL AND ROAD RUN (10KM)

Starting at the southwest end of Glenveagh Valley running along a narrow path through the Bridle Pass, passing through the grounds of Glenveagh Castle and to the bike transition in the car park.   

STAGE 2 CYCLING (14KM)

Cycling on sealed roads through Glenveagh National Park and alongside the Derryveagh Mountains, to Errigal Mountain.

STAGE 3 ERRIGAL MOUNTAIN RUN/WALK (2KM)

Up to the shoulder (approximately half way up) of Mount Errigal and back down. Terrain is varied, including bog nearer the base and scree further up.

Competitors must reach the base of Errigal by 1.30pm otherwise they will not be allowed to climb.

STAGE 4 CYCLE AND KAYAK (1KM)

From the bottom of Errigal a short cycle approx 3.5km to Dunlewy Centre and the Kayak transition. There is a time out at the kayak transition except for those in Wave 1 competing for a podium position. The boats are tandem sit-on-top kayaks. Paddle a looped course on the lake.

STAGE 5 CYCLING AND FINAL RUN (14.5KM)

Cycle back on to the R251 turning left. At the next T Junction turn left on to the N56. After approx 3km in Gweedore turn right on to the R258 into Bunbeg. Turn right at the T-junction, follow the road for approx 800m then turn left. Follow marshalsand sign posting to CLG Ghaoth Dobhair.The race ends with a short run to the finish line.

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GAELFORCE NORTH– RELAY

GAELFORCE NORTH– RELAY

DISCIPLINE DISTANCES IN THE 45KM OR 63KM RELAY COURSE:

  1. Running/walking: 12km/19.5km approx
  2. Cycling: 32km/42km approx
  3. Kayaking: 1km/2km max

STAGE 1 TRAIL AND ROAD RUN (10KM/15.5KM)

TEAM MEMBER 1 Starts at the southwest end of Glenveagh Valley running along a narrow path through the Bridle Pass, passing through the grounds of Glenveagh Castle and to the bike transition. 

STAGE 2 CYCLING (14KM/24KM)

TEAM MEMBER 2 picks up duties from the bike transition. Cycling on sealed roads through Glenveagh National Park and alongside the Derryveagh Mountains, to Errigal Mountain.

STAGE 3 ERRIGAL MOUNTAIN RUN/WALK (2KM/4KM)

TEAM MEMBER 3 takes up the running from the transition point at the bottom of Mount Errigal and back down. The terrain is varied, including bog nearer the base and scree further up.

Team members must reach the base of Errigal (end of stage 2) by 1.30pm otherwise they will not be allowed to climb.

STAGE 4 CYCLE AND KAYAK (1KM/2KM)

TEAM MEMBER 2 will be waiting at the bottom of Errigal for the short cycle approx 3.5km to Dunlewy Centre and the Kayak transition. Logistically it works best if Team Member 2 does the kayak section. The boats are tandem sit-on-top kayaks. Paddle a looped course on the lake.

STAGE 5 CYCLING AND FINAL RUN (14.5KM)

TEAM MEMBER 2 will then cycle back on to the R251 turning left. At the next T Junction turn left on to the N56. After approx 3km in Gweedore turn right on to the R258 into Bunbeg. Turn right at the T-junction, follow the road for approx 800m then turn left. Follow marshals and signposting to CLG Ghaoth Dobhair. All team members can wait at the final bike transition near the GAA club and cross the finish line together. 

Teams may vary the format depending on their team preference. 

DOWNLOAD RELAY TEAM INFO

Full relay team info can be found in the relay team information document below. 

RELAY TEAM INFORMATION

 

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