Lakes Of Killarney Marathon

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The Lakes of Killarney Marathon and Half Marathon, two amazing races set against the backdrop of spectacular views of Killarney National Park, Lough Lein, Ross Castle and the ancient Cooper Mine.

An idyllic course and with Red Deer roaming the fields, competitors are treated to a top class event complete with first class scenery to help take away a little of the pain of the grueling distances.

On average over 400 runners compete in the event which is organised by Alan Ryan of Hardman Events based in Killarney.

The Lakes Of Killarney Marathon is your chance to take part in either a full or half marathon run within the stunning Killarney National Park for a very competitive entry fee.

You have two participation options with the Lakes of Killarney Marathon: You can either embrace the full marathon, which involves three laps of a circuit within the grounds of the Knockreer Demesne and Ross Island with three ascents of the legendary Knockreer Hill, or opt for the half marathon, which incorporates one and a half laps of the same circuit, with only one ascent of Knockreer Hill.

Race numbers will be posted to the address you provide on the online registration form. If you have not received your number in the post by Thursday the 12th of May at 12.00pm please let the organizers know by e-mail before 8.00am on Friday the 13th and they will have a replacement number available on the morning of the race at St. Brendan’s College between 7am and 8.30am.

If you do not let them know before the time above then no number will be available for you. International entries: your numbers will not be posted out beforehand. You will collect your numbers at St. Brendan’s College between 7am and 8.30am on the morning of the race.

On the Day Registration: Numbers are limited to 200 for the full and 300 for the half. There will only be on the day registration in the case of there being some places left.

Every finisher will receive a custom medal and t-shirt.

 

The race will be run with the full co-operation of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Killarney Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Killarney Town Council and Killarney Gardai.

Full Marathon Route:

1) Start on the new Fossa way close to the children’s playground.

2) On arriving at the Castlerosse there is a right turn followed by a left turn into and straight through the car park.

3) Run over the incline beside the hotel and follow the road to Victoria Cottage.

4) Immediately after Victoria Cottage keep left through the trees and onto Knockreer Hill.

5) At the bottom of Knockreer Hill, near the cottage turn right into the park.

6) Run through the park to the hydration station near the bridge.

7) Turn right at the bridge and follow the River Walk and the lakeshore path all the way to Ross Castle.

8.) Run over the footbridge past the hydration station on to Ross Island. Ross Castle is on your right.

9) At the first Y-junction keep right and continue around the island to the T-junction with the lake on your right hand side.

10) Turn right at the T-junction and run past the copper mines.

11) Keep right at all junctions until you return to Ross Castle and the hydration station. Do not Cross the Bridge.

12) Turn left on to the Ross Road and continue until Reen Cottage (750m) where you will turn left into the Knockreer Demesne in Killarney National Park.

13) Run through the wood until you come to the hydration station near the bridge where you will turn right along the River Walk.

14) At the bridge turn left up a slight incline.

15) At the junction near Dinis Cottage turn right to face the cathedral.

16) After 30m, just after the tall laurel hedge, turn left. This will take will take you alongside the river and beside the playground.

17) Stay on this tree lined avenue (the Fossa way) all the way to the Castlerosse Hotel car park.

18) There is a sharp right turn, a sharp left turn and another sharp right within 30m as you return to the Castlerosse Hotel car park. The route through the car park takes you close to the wire of the tennis courts.

19) Repeat the loop twice more and the finish chute is through the centre of the car park.

Half Marathon Route:

1) The Half Marathon will start at Ross Castle.

2) Run over the footbridge past the hydration station on to Ross Island. Ross Castle is on your right.

3) At the first Y-junction keep right and continue around the island to the T-junction with the lake on your right hand side.

4) Turn right at the T-junction and run past the copper mines.

5) Keep right at all junctions until you return to Ross Castle and the hydration station. Do not Cross the Bridge.

6) Turn left on to the Ross Road and continue until Reen Cottage (750m) where you will turn left into the Knockreer Demesne in Killarney National Park.

7) Run through the wood until you come to the hydration station near the bridge where you will turn right along the River Walk.

8) At the bridge turn left up a slight incline.

9) At the junction near Dinis Cottage turn right to face the cathedral.

10) After 30m, just after the tall laurel hedge, turn left. This will take will take you alongside the river and beside the playground.

11) Stay on this tree lined avenue (the Fossa way) all the way to the Castlerosse Hotel car park.

12) There is a sharp right turn, a sharp left turn and another sharp right within 30m as you return to the Castlerosse Hotel car park. The route through the car park takes you close to the wire of the tennis courts.

13) Run over the incline beside the hotel and follow the road to Victoria Cottage.

14) Immediately after Victoria Cottage keep left through the trees and onto Knockreer Hill.

15) At the bottom of Knockreer Hill, near the cottage turn right into the park.

16) Run through the park to the hydration station near the bridge.

17) Turn right at the bridge and follow the River Walk and the lakeshore path all the way to Ross Castle.

18) Return to the Castlerosse Hotel as previously and the finish chute is in the centre of the car park

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