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Stone Mad Ultra Marathon

16-Jun-2018 Athy, Ireland

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Trail Race Race Terrain
62KM / 38Miles
2 Days

Alternate Distances: 55KM/34M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

The event is divided into three distance categories: ultra 62km, marathon 42km and half marathon 21km spanning four Irish counties: Kildare, Carlow, Laois and Kilkenny.

All three events have different starting points but converge on the river Barrow for the final section. The finish line is in Graiguenemanagh, Kilkenny.

The navigation of the three races is straightforward but maps will be provided by the organisation and additional markings will be in place in the event that the route deviates from the River Barrow towpath.

All runners must attend the race briefing and submit to a compulsory kit check before the start.

The race is self-sufficient but water and snacks will be provided. There will be refreshments for all finishers.

Cut offs will be enforced at all checkpoints.

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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Viking

02:22 30-07-15

Weather you come in first place or last to run 62km was no joke.

This was my first time to run such a distance. The run/race was pretty challenging running along the verge of the canal from athy to graignamanagh. The race itself was mainly run off road on a very uneven surface of mostly grass, very bumpy and hard on your ankles. Trail running shoes might be a better option of footware as a thicker sole might give better support. The race itself was straight forward. I carried far to much liquid while running which weighed me down along with other food stuffs. Next time running I won't carry as much as there was loads of liquid at the food stations along with food. A mixture of cakes, Mars bars, Jaffa cakes, fig rolls, jellies etc.
I recommend to pace yourself if you've never run such a distance before. Stay safe!! The next time you run this distance you can only improve on the time.
Mentally it was a great challenge of persistence. Running along the canal bank was very tranquil with the flow of water and wildlife. As harrowing as the course was I'll certainly give it another bash. Meeting new people and the stories shared was a great experience.
Big thanks to billy for escorting me to the very end. The banter and laughs shared kept me going. Fair play to everyone giving their time at each of the water/food stations. Hats off to the organisers. The two trays sandwiches I consumed after the race was something I dreamed about during the race. Thanks Arthur for the beer at the end. 😉

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FionaJarett

08:46 16-07-15

Beautiful scenery and very tranquil, enjoyable run. Friendly organisers, good fuel stations along the way & I really enjoyed the day out. However, I've taken 2 marks off because (1) I hadn't realised it was a trail marathon and this really should be made clear on the website. (2) There was also a bit too long a wait before the bus brought everyone back to the start point, which can be a bit of a kicker after running a marathon/ ultra. But it is a lovely race!

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Jonnyherbert

07:09 16-07-15

Very scenic and peaceful route away from roads along a river. Excellent organisers with plenty of food at the checkpoints which was needed in the ultra . I'll make this a permanent event on my race calender every year. This was my first race in 11yrs. The stonemad ultra 2015!!! Great race !!

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AlHiggins

04:00 16-07-15

Amazing scenery, good course and top notch hospitality. Well organised, friendly and knowledgeable crew. Soup and sandwiches at the finish were an added bonus. Ran Ultra stage 1 in 2014, and the Ultra in 2015.

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Maddutch

02:58 16-07-15

Great atmosphere, friendly event, great scenery, dead flat day one, mountain day two. Very good check point food and drink stations, great tshirt and medal, my favourite event in 7 years running. Ran 2014 marathons, 2015 ultra

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