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Glendalough Lap of the Gap Marathon, 1/2 marathon and 3 mile
May 25 at 8:30 am - 3:00 pm€45
GLENDALOUGH LAP OF THE GAP
A marathon through the scenic heart of County Wicklow starting in Glendalough and taking in the ‘Sally Gap’. Plenty of hills are repaid with plenty of scenery and a warm Wicklow welcome!
Cyclists have long known the allure of the ‘Lap of the Gap’ circuit taking you from the village of Laragh to the highland pass of Sallygap and back past Lough Tay (the ‘Guiness Lake’). A scenic route with plenty of ups and plenty of downs. From quiet country back lanes to the barren and dramatic heather landscapes once you pass the Glenmacnass Waterfall. Both our marathon and half-marathon adds a ‘tail’ to the traditional Lap of the Gap to allow you to start in the monastic village of Glendalough – one of Ireland’s most popular tourist destinations.
We hope you will get not just a race out of our event – but an experience for a lifetime.
GLENDALOUGH 3 MILE RACE
The ‘Lap of the Gap Marathon’ and the ‘Glen to Glen Marathon’ have had a love child….
We are delighted to announce a third race distance as part of the ‘Lap of the Gap Marathon’ festivities in Glendalough. We know many patient supporters travel along or that many look at the route and think ‘I’m not quite ready for 13.1 or 26.2 miles’ (or perhaps you just prefer something short and fast!). Our answer is to introduce the Glendalough 3 mile race which will start alongside the Glen to Glen Half-marathon at 9 am from Glendalough.
Participants will receive a medal (first 100 to register only), chip-timing and all the joys of the finish line we offer our half and full marathoners: water, cakes, tea, coffee, fruit and a warm Wicklow welcome. The half-marathon and marathon shuttle service from Laragh to Glendalough will be also available to 3 mile runners as well, although we suspect many will prefer the 2.5 km warm-up jog from our registration in Laragh village to the start in Glendalough so they can get a sneaky peek at parts of the course ‘in reverse’.
The Glendalough 3 mile will take you from the shores of the Lower Lake into a lap of the Upper Lake Park before you again run alongside the Lower Lake. The final part takes you onto the main road between Glendalough and Laragh village. The finish is at the Brockagh Centre in Laragh.
Please note we have strict limits to how many runners we can allow on the roads of the National Park so we may sell out ahead of the day – best sign-up early to avoid disappointment!
We have chosen to hold the event over a 3 mile course as there’s plenty of 5 km races around and all the while the old mile distances have been forgotten. Since Glendalough is an ancient valley, it’s seems only right that we look to tradition. The last World Record for the distance was run in 1965 by Australian Ron Clarke in 12:52. We suspect it may not be under imminent threat this May – but you’re welcome to try!
For fun runners, beginners and supporters, this is event will be a great starting point. For the seasoned road runner or competitive club man or woman this will be a rare chance to race over the 3 miles. The interesting undulating course will provide a great workout or some good old-fashioned practice in racing ‘man to man’ and ‘woman to woman’ without all the focus being on the clock and the splits.
There will be prizes for top-3 men and women and the first finisher in each of the following categories: over-40, over-50, over-60, over-70 and so on.