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Western Way Ultra

30-Jun-2017 Westport - Galway, Co.Mayo, Ireland

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160KM / 100Miles
2 Days - 200 Runners

Alternate Distances: 80KM/50M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Brutal  

Entry From €110 EUR

This is an Out & Back version of the Western Way 50 Mile.

Leaving Maam Cross, over the ‘Hell of the West’, remembering painful days coming up the same hill during the Connemarathon Ultra, into Maam and up Mám Éan, quick bow of the head passing the chapel at the ancient pilgrimage site and down to the road. On to Illion and across the bog paths, through the forest, breaking onto Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord, and into the village of Leenane (where ‘The Field’ was filmed).

Then along the main road for 4km before coming to the beautiful Aasleagh Falls. There’s something special about the path along the Erriff River heading upstream from the Falls, grassy path, lovely 5k stretch to Houston’s Bridge, then up the fire road to the Sheefry Pass, down to Sheefry Bridge.

The Western Way has two options shown on the maps: road or open mountain, obviously we go the mountain (about 6k), over the saddle and down by the stunning Lough Lugacolliwee to join the road leading from Drummin to Louisburgh (‘over the Maum’ at Durlas), and Croagh Patrick isn’t too far off.

Food at the Mountain Rescue car park and onwards over the trail at Skelp and Clew Bay and Westport come into view. Then along the coast road alongside the inner bay to Westport Quay and then following the Old Railway Line Walk to the finish at Westport Skatepark.

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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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