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FAQ

Can I run part / the entire route in advance of the race?

Most of the route is on national waymarked trails and can be run by the public any time you should wish to do so.

A few sections cross private land only opened specifically for EcoTrail Wicklow.

Please do not attempt to run these sections at any time as this could lead to our race losing access to these sections.

Specifically, you must follow only the waymarked path through Kilruddery Estate / Belmont outside of race day and you must enter the Powerscourt Waterfall park only through the gate lodge (where you must pay admission fee). 

When in doubt, please stay out thanks!

What's the start and finish line like?

The proposed start and finish line is at the Victorian band-stand on the sea promenade in Bray across from the Martello Hotel.

This scenic area is currently being fully refurbished.

You will run along the promenade for 800m as you begin and end your journey to Bray Head and beyond.

I want to book in a large group? How can I do this?

A group booking facility is currently in development and will be ready towards the beginning of May 2019 should you need it.

Groups can of course register individually at our registration link currently

Please email us if you need further asistance.

Will the routes be closed to the public?

No.

You can expect to encounter other trail and road users along your journey and show them the same courtesy you would like to receive under similar circumstances.

On all road sections stay aware of traffic and follow marshals instructions at all times particularly at road crossing points.

You may even be so lucky to encounter some of the Irish wildlife and livestock: fox, hare, rabbits, deer, badgers, squirrels, sheep, and wild goats all make their home in the National Park so share your journey and enjoy the experience. 

Who gives way on sections where the out and back route is the same?

The general rule in Irish trail and mountain races is that descending runners always have right of way as they are more at risk when changing direction or braking whilst descending. 

If you encounter runners ahead of you on a single-track section, it is considered courteous to make way. 

In practice there will be very little overlap of runners meeting on narrow trails but giving way is advised .

If faster runners from a longer event approach you from behind please also move to one side where possible and allow them to overtake safely.

Please do not attempt to overtake anyone on a narrow section of trail unless there is space to do so and / or the slower runner has indicated that you should pass.

Are walkers permitted?

Walkers can take part in the 18 km, 28km route if they are confident of completing the route before 17:30.

Walkers and runners need to be able to make the cutoffs for the 45km & 80km routes which are provisionally set at:

45km route:

Must pass Sugarloaf Aid Station (14km) within 3 hours (By 13:30 Latest) on out leg or else be directed to complete the 28km route back to Bray

Must Pass Sugarloaf Aid Station (31km) within 6 hours (16:30 Latest) on return leg or retire from race

80km route:

Must pass Sugarloaf Aid Station (14km) within 3 hours (By 11:30 Latest) on out leg or else be directed to complete the 28km route back to Bray

Must pass Wicklow Way Checkpoint (24km) within 3h 45' (12:15 Latest) on out leg or else be directed to complete the 45km route back to Bray

Must reach the Roundwood Aid Station (39km) within 6 hours (14:30 Latest) on outward leg or retire from race

Must leave the Roundwood Aid Station (44km) within 6 hours 45 mins (15:15 Latest) on return leg or retire from race

Must Pass Sugarloaf Aid Station (65km) within 10 hours (18:30 Latest) on return leg or retire from race

Must Pass Belmont Water Station (73km) within 11 hours 15 mins (19:45 Latest) on return leg or retire from race

Note for 80km participants:

If you feel you will be in danger of failing to meet any of the later cutoffs you may elect to complete the 45km route by notifying the marshals at the Wicklow Way Checkpoint (Km 24) and the timing officials at the finish line.

You will be given a finish time for the  45km event but will not be eligible for any prizes 

Anyone leaving Sugarloaf Aid Station on return leg of 80km route after 17:30 must have a working headtorch or will not be allowed to contine in the race

Are the time limits / cut-offs strict? Can I continue after the race has officially ended?

Cutoffs will be enforced on each route to ensure all participants will complete course in that time.

Those not making cutoffs will be allowed to complete a shorter route if the course layout permits.

Continuing on your own after official retirement is not permitted. 

Participants need to be able to make the cutoffs for the 45km & 80km routes which are provisionally set at:

45km route:

Must pass Sugarloaf Aid Station (14km) within 3 hours (By 13:30 Latest) on out leg or else be directed to complete the 28km route back to Bray

Must Pass Sugarloaf Aid Station (31km) within 6 hours (16:30 Latest) on return leg or retire from race

80km route:

Must pass Sugarloaf Aid Station (14km) within 3 hours (By 11:30 Latest) on out leg or else be directed to complete the 28km route back to Bray

Must pass Wicklow Way Checkpoint (24km) within 3h 45' (12:15 Latest) on out leg or else be directed to complete the 45km route back to Bray

Must reach the Roundwood Aid Station (39km) within 6 hours (14:30 Latest) on outward leg or retire from race

Must leave the Roundwood Aid Station (44km) within 6 hours 45 mins (15:15 Latest) on return leg or retire from race

Must Pass Sugarloaf Aid Station (65km) within 10 hours (18:30 Latest) on return leg or retire from race

Must Pass Belmont Water Station (73km) within 11 hours 15 mins (19:45 Latest) on return leg or retire from race

Note for 80km participants:

If you feel you will be in danger of failing to meet any of the later cutoffs you may elect to complete the 45km route by notifying the marshals at the Wicklow Way Checkpoint (Km 24) and the timing officials at the finish line.

You will be given a finish time for the 45km event but will not be eligible for any prizes 

Anyone leaving Sugarloaf Aid Station on return leg of 80km route after 17:30 must have a working headtorch or will not be allowed to contine in the race

How much of the routes move through urban areas?

The routes start in the town of Bray and passes briefly through two other villages: Kilmacanogue (28, 45 and 80 km only) and Roundwood (80 km only). The rough proportion of the route that takes place running in urban areas are:

  • 18 km: 11%
  • 28 km: 17%
  • 45 km: 11%
  • 80 km: 7%

 

The urban sections are very scenic such as the Bray seafront promenade encapsulating the start and finishing stretch of each race.

What part of the route is on tarred roads?

The current estimated percentage of the routes on tarred roads: 

  • 18 km: 13%
  • 28 km: 23%
  • 45 km: 22%
  • 80 km: 21%

 

Much of these sections are parkland paths rather than actual roads and road sections are generally scenic country roads.

The longest single stretch of road is the 2.5 km leading into the midway stop at Roundwood on the 80 km.

For the shorter distances tarred sections are only 400m to 1 km in length.

Is there a finishers medal or tshirt for the event?

Yes

Event entrants in all four race distances will receive a tshirt as part of the entry fee.

All finishers will recieve a finishers medal

Details of the event tee-shirt and finishers medal will be published shortly

How accurate are the distances/how are they measured?

We aim to provide accurate distances for all event but being a trail event with significant off road and elevation gain and loss means that these distances cannot be guaranteed accurate to the nearest few meters.

Distance and elevation is first measured in a mapping software and then confirmed on the ground by a Stryd foot-pod - currently the gold standard in measuring trail races and significantly more accurate than GPS. 

In general most GPS watches will come close to the official measurements but it depends on your GPS software, the satelitte coverage in your area, the recording mode you have selected on your watch or phone, and how well you run the 'optimal line' on the trail. Our official course measurers put great care to run the optimal lines while measuring the routes with the foot-pod

The foot-pod contains an accelerometer which measures exactly how far the pod moves across space in three dimensions (forwards/backwards, side to side, and up and down) providing nearly 100% accurate readings even where there is poor satellite coverage. So should you find that your GPS recording is slightly different than official course distance and elevation it is likely a combination of GPS inaccuracy and not having run the optimal line on the trails (such as when you run the outside of bends instead of taking the straight line from the middle of each curve in the bend - not always an option when you are racing or tired).

Can I change my race distance after entering event?

 

It is possible to change to a shorter race distance up until 31st of August  as long as the shorter race you wish to join is not sold out.

Please note you will not be refunded the difference in price if you avail of this option. 

To change to a longer race, you need to cancel your existing order (A refund for this is only possible if you purchased cancellation insurance or you cancel within 14 days of purchase) and place a new order for the longer race.

Are the courses marked/how are the courses marked?

The courses are marked with a mixture a flags, tape, and biodegradable spray paint.

As a general rule the course will be marked at every junction or other area where you could be in doubt where to go.

Navigational skills are not necessary but it is vital that you remain aware of the need to foolloow the route marking and not assume that everyone that is ahead of you has done so.

If you reach a junction that has no race marking then you should retrace your steps until you find a junction with route marking and follow route from there 

Whilst we will have some marshals out on the course at critical points like road crossings points, most trail junction will not be marshaled so you are responsible for following  the marked route.

 

How much elevation/climb is there on each route?

The provisional measurements suggests the following climb (below).

Final measurements will be very similar.

  • 18 km: 680m
  • 28 km: 1105m
  • 45 km: 1685m
  • 80 km: 2650m

 

As the start and finish are in the same location, you will experience the same amount of descent in addition to this climb for all routes.

Basic maps of the route for each distance are provided on the individual race pages

Most of the route is on national waymarked trails and can be run by the public any time you should wish to do so.

A few sections cross private land only opened specifically for EcoTrail Wicklow.

Please do not attempt to run these sections at any time as this could lead to our race losing access to these sections.

Specifically, you must follow only the waymarked path through Kilruddery Estate / Belmont outside of race day and you must enter the Powerscourt Waterfall park only through the gate lodge (where you must pay admission fee). 

When in doubt, please stay out thanks!

I can't participate this year after all. Can I transfer my entry to next year?

Unfortunately transfer to future years is not possible.

We recommend purchasing cancellation insurance at time of registration if you believe there is a risk you cannot make the race start.

Can you recommend a hotel or do you have hotel discounts?

Please refer to the ‘Welcome to Wicklow’ page for general details.

Wicklow Tourism is working with local accomodation providers on packages for Eco Trail Wicklow participants and their supporters

How much does each event cost?

  • Early Bird - Until 28th April: 80 km Trail: €70 ; 45 km Trail: €50 ; 28 km Trail: €35 ; 18 km Trail: €25
  • General - 29th April to 31st July*: 80 km Trail: €80 ; 45 km Trail: €60 ; 28 km Trail: €40 ; 18 km Trail: €30 
  • Getting Late - 1st Aug to 31st Aug*: 80 km Trail €90 ; 45 km Trail €70 ; 28 km Trail €50 ; 18 km Trail €40
  • Very Late Entry - 1st Sept to 15th Sept*: 80 km Trail: €100 ; 45 km Trail: €80 ; 28 km Trail: €60 ; 18 km Trail: €50

 

* Entries will close whenever allocated spaces for each distance are filled - No waiting list for this event

How can I make sure that I am registered and/or that I entered all my information?

You can check your registration application at any time with the registration number indicated in the confirmation e-mail you received.

 

If you cannot find a confirmation mail please check all your e-mial folders

 

If you are sure you have entered and paid then drop a mail to info@ecotrailwicklow.com wiht all details you know of your entry including distance, date entered, etc and we will investigate

Can I give away or sell my bib?

You can transfer your bib to another competitor up until 31st August only.

 

You can do this name change yourself at your personal registration link - ths link is included in your entry confirmation e-mail

After this date no name transfers are permitted.

 

Anyone that allows their race bib to be used by another person without formal transfer will be banned from future events.

Anone that uses another person's bib without it's re-allocation being formally done will be marked as DNF and banned from future events 

Can I register on site or on the day of the race?

No

 

On-site registration will not allowed for any of the Eco Trail Wicklow events.

Ensure you register before online registration fills  or event registration closes on 20th September.

 

We never know when events are likely to fill but based on current entry level and number of spaces available we currently estimate that the 18km event will fill in May, the 28km race in June and the 45km race in July or August

 

Please secure your place by entering early

 

If you are worried about not being able to make the event then you can take out race insurance at a small additional cost that gives a full entry cost refund when requested up to 1 week before the event (21/09/19)

 

 

Is there a waiting list after registration has closed?

No

Once our maximum entry limits are reached and registration has closed, it is no longer possible to get a bib as maximum capacity has been reached.

We do not intend having a waiting list, even in case of cancellation of some other person's entry.

I have to cancel my participation to the EcoTrail Wicklow®. Can I get a refund?

Deferment of your entry to another Eco Trail event is not possible

 

Refunds in case of cancellation are available only under certain conditions:

1.    Take out a cancellation insurance upon registration.

 

"Entry Fee" Refund Insurance is available at extra cost when you enter.

Full refund of your entry fee will apply up to 15/9/19 and 50% entry fee refund will apply between 16/9/19 and 22/9/19

No refund will be possible after 22/9/19 even with cancellation insurance

2.    Without cancellation insurance if refund request is submitted before 1st of September AND request is also within 14 days of your registration

Refunds or transfers to other events is not possible under any other circumstances

Can I collect another person’s bib on morning of race?

No - All participants must collect their own race bib an timing chip in person and must provide proof of identity (copy or original)

 

You are not permitted to use another person's bib in the event without an official transfer being completed by 31st August 2019 at the latest 

Can I retrieve my bib at the race departure area?

Yes

 

Race Bibs will be available for collection at the Race Start Area between 90 and 30 mins before your scheduled race start time

 

Race Start times are:

 

80km - 08:30

45km - 10:30

28km - 11:30

18km - 12:30

 

 

Can I have my bib sent to me before the race?

No.

All bibs must be collected in person either the day before the race (Between 16:00 and 20:00) or on race morning.

Will my personal belongings be taken care of at the start of the race?

Yes.

Each runner can leave their personal belongings in their own bag (Maximum 20 liters capacity) at the race departure area.

The bag must have a sticker with your race number on it as provided with the race bib.

Where can I retrieve my personal belongings after the race?

Bags can be retrieved near the race departure / arrival area

This is the same place they you will deposit these bags prior to the event.

Will there be photos of the race?

Yes

Professional photographers will cover the general event and many photos will be posted online after the event.

 

We are also likely to have specific areas covered with photographers so that you can purchase photos for your use, etc

What’s included in my registration?

Your race bib with timing chip, finisher’s medal, t-shirt, and refreshments at the FULL aid stations and the finish line.

For 80 km competitors the after-race meal is also included in the price (shorter distance runners can purchase this as a registration add-on).

 

Please note there is no FULL aid station for the 18 km distance only a water station at 11 km.

When is cut off/what´s the time limit?

Time limits are listed on each respective race page.

 

Start and Finish Limits Summary is as below:

80km - 08:30 - 21:00 (12 1/2 hours)

45km - 10:30 - 18:30 (8 hours)

28km - 11:30 - 17:30 (6 hours)

 18km - 12:30 - 17:30 (5 hours)

 

 

Cutoffs will be strictly enforced on each route to ensure all participants will complete course in the available time.

Cutoffs may be changed by the Race Organisers due to changing weather conditions, etc

*The Race Organisers reserve the right to remove anyone from the event that they feel is unable to make cutoffs or on a health & safety basis

If you are unsure of your ability to complete your chosen event safely within your own ability & fitness and the time limits advertised please change to a shorter distance in advance of 15th Sept 2019

Those not making cutoffs will be allowed to complete a shorter route if the course layout and weather / time permits*

Continuing on your own after official retirement is not permitted

All Participants need to be able to make the cutoffs for the 45km & 80km routes which are provisionally set at:

45km route:

Must pass Sugarloaf Aid Station (14km) within 3 hours (By 13:30 Latest) on out leg or else be directed to complete the 28km route back to Bray

Must return past Sugarloaf Aid Station (31km) within 6 hours (16:30 Latest) on return leg or retire from race

80km route:

Must pass Sugarloaf Aid Station (14km) within 3 hours (By 11:30 Latest) on out leg or else be directed to complete the 28km route back to Bray

Must pass Wicklow Way Checkpoint (24km) within 3h 45' (By 12:15 Latest) on out leg or else be directed to complete the 45km route back to Bray

Must reach the Roundwood Aid Station (39km) within 6 hours (14:30 Latest) on outward leg or retire from race

Must leave the Roundwood Aid Station (44km) within 6 hours 45 mins (15:15 Latest) on return leg or retire from race

Must Pass Sugarloaf Aid Station (65km) within 10 hours (18:30 Latest) on return leg or retire from race

Must Pass Belmont Water Station (73km) within 11 hours 15 mins (19:45 Latest) on return leg or retire from race

Note for 80km participants:

If you feel you will be in danger of failing to meet any of the later cutoffs you may elect to complete the 45km route by notifying the marshals at the Wicklow Way Checkpoint (Km 24) and the timing officials at the finish line.

You will be given a finish time for the 45km event in the final results but will not be eligible for any prizes 

Anyone leaving Sugarloaf Aid Station (63km) on return leg of 80km route after 17:30 must have a working headtorch or will not be allowed to contine in the race

Can my friends and family assist me during the race?

No

Verbal support only at designated points (Locations of these will be confirmed shortly) is permitted but the EcoTrail® Wicklow rules requires runners to be semi-autonomous.

Assistance by the race organisers is only allowed at designated Aid Stations.

No external assistance at any point on the course or assistance at aid stations with food, drink, gear, pacing, etc is permitted.

Penalties will be imposed for breaches of these rules in order to have a fair competition for all.

How can my friends and family follow me on the course?

All practical information about access to the various Aid Stations will be provided shortly.

 

Verbal support only at designated points (Locations of these will be confirmed shortly) is permitted but the EcoTrail® Wicklow rules requires runners to be semi-autonomous.

Assistance by the race organisers is only allowed at designated Aid Stations.

No external assistance at any point on the course or assistance at aid stations with food, drink, gear, pacing, etc is permitted.

 

Penalties will be imposed for breaches of these rules in order to have a fair competition for all

Where can I retrieve my finisher certificate?

Your finisher certificate will be available on the results page of our website a few days after the race.