Day 1 6:16
Day 2 6:06
This was 2 days on the same course at the Sliabh Bawn windfarm that rises 253m to the highest point in Roscommon.
Starting we ran straight downhill past the finish line, past the 10k start, past the half marathon start
and past the 50K start. It was approx 1 mile straight downhill. When we got the bottom of the windfarm we turned around and retraced our steps straight up past the finish area and onto the loop. It was a horrendous start with virtually all the up hill walked.
Just past the finish area we continued to climb before flattening out for 400m. Then up sharp for around 200m before a long 800m gentle downhill. All this was on very stony open gravel trail.
|Lucy and Collette|
On day 1 the weather was very windy and cold at the higher levels with downpours of rain on and off during the day. Day 2 was much better.
All the time we ran past the massive trubines that were wooshing around all day.
|Day 1 finish , very slow|
Finishing the forest section we had an out and back to a turbine before a serious uphill trek on the main trail had us turning right and the final push to the end. Gentle downhill past a few trurbines and another aid station brought us on to a bouncy newly laid bark track that was freaky underfoot and I didnt like it. Exiting this we had a short out and back before the last push back uphill to the finish area.
Laps for me seemed to be around 1:20 to 1:30 and it was tough, really tough.
There was lots of medical help all over the course and the organisers were permanently spinning around on the Quad making sure we were all OK. Even Anto added to the atmosphere with his finish line humour.
|HQ on the mountain|
Claire did a great job organising this and I felt safe and looked after at all times. It was a nice touch to have showers , massage and hot food both days back at HQ.
There was also a very novel interconnecting medal for the b2b.
Stats for day 1
Stats for day 2