50km RACE DAY INSTRUCTIONS.
Race start time: 10:00 am sharp.
Number pick up: Will take place in Donadea Forest from 8:00-9:15.
The barrier will be up from 8:00am until 9:00am. After that, entry to the forest is 5 euro. ENTER THROUGH THE MAIN DONADEA ENTRANCE and go to the carpark. Park in one of the spaces and go directly to registration. Be Early.
The course: 10 x 4.968 km loops with a 0.32km run up to the start line to make it 50km. The course will be marked at every km, but due to the nature of the course (extra run up) the km markers will only take into account the actual loop.
PLEASE BE AWARE THERE IS GOING TO BE ABOUT 200 OF YOU WHO WILL BE LAPPED. MANY MULTIPLE TIMES. DO NOT GATHER INTO GROUPS AND TAKE OVER THE PATH. IF YOU HEAR A RUNNER COMING UP BEHIND YOU MOVE ASIDE. REMEMBER THIS IS A RACE, NOT A FUN RUN.
Map of the course.
The 5hr cut off: Everyone who has entered knows there is a 5hr cut off. There is a 5hr pacer/sweeper running at 9:38minutes per mile or 6 minutes per km, his and her job is to get you to 40km in 4hrs. FOR anyone MORE THAN 30 minutes behind at this point, you may be asked to leave the course and DNF'd. Anyone finishing after 5hrs will not be on the results, no exceptions. The last person I see on the finishing straight at 5:00:00 gets to turn off the clock. There is also a 4hr 30 pacer provided.
First aid: Saint John's Ambulance will be in attendance for the duration of the race (5hrs).
Food/water stations: There will be water provided in bottles and unlimited water in cups and there will be sugary drinks and at the start/finish area. There will be tables provided for you to put any drinks or food that you bring for yourself. Please remember it is not a picnic. Do not bring tonnes of grub and take up half a table. No has died of starvation or dehydration in Donadea yet. Please bring any of your belongings away from the table when you are finished.
Timing: will be provided by Red Tag Timing, you will receive a chip to attach to your running shoe, please tie securely so you will receive your final time and lap splits.
Directions: From Dublin take (N4) leave the motor way at junction 8(Kilcock), head towards Clane (R407). At approximately 6km, turn right at Baltreacy cross and drive through minor crossroads, continue to next junction (stop sign), turn right and the forest entrance is circa 1km on the left hand side.
From the west (M4), get off at junction 8 (Kilcock) 1st exit after toll, and follow directions above.
From the south (M7), take the Naas exit, junction 9. Drive towards Sallins, Clane and follow signs for Kilcock. Entering Clane Main Street, turn left at Esso garage and drive 6+km, up to Baltreacy cross, turning left and following directions above.
Environment: The race is run on the leave no trace principal (www.leavenotraceireland.org). There will be bins at the start/finish area and with any Marshalls on duty. Please do not litter the course and please use the bins for any gels, bottles or wrappers that you may use on the course. Do not leave any gels, bottles, any foodstuffs of any kind at the km markers or directional signs. Anyone littering will be disqualified and asked to leave the course as per the environment policy.
Toilets: The Donadea forest Cafe has kindly let us use their services, please leave them as you found them and if they are in need of attention please inform a Marshall. There will also be three portaloos on the course.
There are no facilities for showering in the forest park so bring warm dry clothes to get into after the race. There is no post-race refreshments available, please bring something to eat post-race. There is a cafe in the forest for tea's and coffee
MASSAGE: There will be limited massage available during and post-race provided by Bernadette White at www.sportsmassageireland.net.
Medals: Will be presented as you finish.
Presentation: Of winners trophies will take place 15 minutes after the first lady finisher. Details of prizes available on request.