Wicklow Way Race

The Wicklow Way Race is an Ultra Marathon held in Wicklow. The race covers a distance of 127 km with a climb of 3,665 metres along The Wicklow Way.

It is an extreme race with a difficulty level of 10 according to the event’s rating system.

The Wicklow Way Race forms part of the Irish Ultra Championships and allows the use of GPS devices.

Wicklow Way Race Route

The race route alternates every year between Marlay Park in Dublin and Clonegal in Carlow.

There is a maximum time allowance of 21 hours for entrants to complete the entire course.

The Wicklow Way Race is marked only at major junctions. Runners must follow the Wicklow Way route as it is on the day of the race, including any diversions signposted on the day.

It is recommended to spend some time on recce runs along the route to familiarise yourself before the event.

Checkpoints

The race has six checkpoints where drop bags will be transported to aid stations, with specific drop bag instructions provided.

IMRA, the race organizers have strict cut-off times at each checkpoint which must be adhered to by all runners.

Checkpoint 1 – Crone Woods (21k) – 00:00 – Food only

Checkpoint 2 – Glendalough Visitor Centre (49k) – 05:00 – Food only

Checkpoint 3 – Mucklagh (73k) – 09:00 – Food & shoe/clothes

Checkpoint 4 – Dying Cow (102k) – 13:00 – Food & shoe/clothes

Checkpoint 5 – Raheenakit (111k) – 15:30 – Food & shoe/clothes

Checkpoint 6 – Clonegal (127k) – 18:00 – Food & dry bag

Support

Runners are allowed to have a pacer/support runner, but only from the Mucklagh checkpoint and according to specific time limits listed on the event’s website.

Support runners are only allowed to accompany participants who leave the checkpoint 30 minutes or less before the cut-off time.

Participants must carry their own mandatory kit at all times during the race.

Entry Requirements

To enter the race, runners must have run an ultra race of at least 50km in 2021, 2022, or more recently to meet the qualifying entry criteria.

Entry to the race will cost €60, and pre-entry approval is required, with no late entry options.

Refunds will not be processed, and no exceptions can be made to the cut-off times at the checkpoints.

Mandatory Kit

The mandatory kit list for the race includes –

  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers
  • Mobile phone with a fully charged battery
  • Headlight with spare batteries
  • Hi-Viz/reflective upper outer layer
  • Map of route and compass
  • Food and drink
  • Whistle
  • Gloves and hat/buff
  • Foil blanket
  • Tracker
  • A cup/bottle is also required as no cups will be provided at the checkpoints. A long sleeve top and bottoms are recommended as extra kit.

ITRA Points

Finishers of the race will be awarded 5 ITRA points, and the first male and female finishers will receive Wicklow Way Yellow Man Trophies and a return entry for the following years race.

All finishers who complete the full route within the allotted time will receive a similar chunk of the Yellow Wicklow Way man made from Wicklow granite as a memento marking their achievement.

Previous Wicklow Way Race Winners

2022 – Mickie Brennan 13:45:13

2021 – Robert Jankowski 13:55:17

2019 – Robbie Britton 12:11:07 FKT

2018 – Rory Campbell 13:34:08

2017 – Damian Kelly 14:24:30

2016 – Barry Hartnett 13:35:04

2015 – Barry Murray 14:21:50

2014 – Don Hannon 14:46:52

2013 – Eoin Keith 12:25:06