Clara beck­ons for hill run­ners

The Corkman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

MILLSTEET wel­comes the Ir­ish Moun­tain Run­ning As­so­ci­a­tion on com­menc­ing their 2019 pro­gramme of ac­tiv­ity on a visit to the Clara Hill Run on Satur­day com­menc­ing at 1pm. There are two race sched­uled for Mill­street, also on Satur­day, Slí Gaeltacht Mhúscraí (Muskerry Gaeltacht Way) re­turn with the Ul­tra Trail Race en­tail­ing a 70 km race over part of the fa­mous O’Sul­li­van Bere route. Start­ing in Kealkil, the race is sched­uled for a fin­ish in Mill­street.

Those in­volved are sched­uled to con­vene in Mill­street at 6am on the Satur­day morn­ing be­fore be­ing trans­ported to the start in Kealkil. Slí Gaeltacht Mhúscraí is a fully way-marked trail that cov­ers just over 70km of the route, run­ning be­tween Kealkill and Mill­street.

Run­ners will cross the Sheehy and Der­ry­nasag­gart moun­tain ranges over a va­ri­ety of tough open moun­tain ter­rain, for­est trails and quiet coun­try roads.

Stage 1 of the route be­tween Kealkill and Gougane Barra is also part of a lo­cal Pil­grim Walk en­tail­ing 16.6km with a cut-off time of three hours to com­plete. Next up is a 12.2 trek on Stage 2 from Gougane Barra to Ballingear­y, the cut-off time for reach­ing this check-point from the orig­i­nal out­set is 5 hours.

Stage 3 is the 19km trail from Ballingear­y to Bal­lyvour­ney travers­ing the foothills of the Der­ry­nasag­gart moun­tains.

This route passes the Shrine of St. Gob­nait and its said O’Sul­li­van Beare and his fol­low­ers stopped there on New Year’s Day 1603 to seek the guid­ance of St. Gob­nait for the long jour­ney ahead.

The fi­nal stretch of the Slí climb in­volves stage 4, the 23.4km dis­tance from Bal­lyvour­ney to Mill­street travers­ing the Der­ry­nasag­gart moun­tains, Mul­laghan­ish and con­tour­ing around the north side of Claragh moun­tain be­fore as­cend­ing to­wards Mill­street town for an of­fi­cial fin­ish in the West End.

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