THE RACE

A VARIED AND CHALLENGING COURSE STARTING IN CLONMEL AND VENTURING INTO THE COMERAGH MOUNTAINS

THE RACE

The 21st World Masters Mountain Running Championship will take place in Clonmel, Ireland from the 2nd to the 4th of September 2022, venturing into the Comeragh Mountains in County Waterford.

On behalf of the Irish Mountain Running Association, we are delighted and honoured to welcome you to Ireland for the 21st World Masters Mountain Running Championships.

This is the first time the World Masters Mountain Running Championship has come to Ireland. It is a privilege to host such a prestigious event for the first time in Ireland and we have endeavoured to provide a challenging and varied race route.

The race is open to all runners over 35 years of age and is organised by the World Mountain Running Association, the sport’s global governing body.

The race route will start in Clonmel Town and climbs into the Comeragh Mountains in adjoining County Waterford, along a mixture of trails, forest paths and open mountain tracks, finishing at the Cross overlooking Clonmel town and the River Suir valley (see route map and elevation profile below).

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN IN EARLY SPRING 2022

Overview of the World Masters Mountain Running Championship Event

Our event will technically stretch over 3 days usually Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hillview Sports Club will be the headquarters for the event and ceremonies. Registration will be open Thursday evening and throughout Friday. An information desk will also be open throughout the weekend to answer any queries.

Friday

At registration you will receive a race package which will consist of your number, a T-shirt, participatory medal and other ‘goodies’ . On the Friday evening there will be a parade of athletes and this will be followed by a ‘Pasta Party’. There will also be the opening ceremony with a display of Irish culture, dance and music some speeches and official opening of the event.

Saturday

All races will take place on Saturday with ceremonies, banquet and prizegiving at Hillview Sports Club.

Sunday

On the Sunday morning we intend to hold an open race offering an opportunity to everyone to give the course a try. There will also be prizes for this event.

We intend to have the event recorded for one of main terrestrial channels, as well as a live stream through the WMRA site.

World Masters Mountain Running Championship Race Age Categories

Following the WMA/WMRA World Masters Mountain Running Championship Regulations, the following age categories apply:-

Age Male Age Group Female Age Group Course Lenght
35-39 M35 W35 Long course
40-44 M40 W40 Long course
45-49 M45 W45 Long course
50-54 M50 W50 Long course
55-59 M55 W55 Short course
60-64 M60 W60 Short course
65-69 M65 W65 Short course
70-74 M70 W70 Short course
75-79 M75 W75 Short course

There is no category for age 80+. Masters 80+ years old are not allowed to compete.

Event Winners

For each age category and group, there will be medals for individuals in first, second and third position.

There will also be team scoring medals for the first three teams in all categories, which are decided by the aggregate of places recorded by the first three runners, with one team per country.

Course Details

The race starts at Raheen School beside Hillview Sports Club in Clonmel Town. After 30m it turns onto Raheen road heading west. After 500m it turns left up Roaring Spring road. This is the start of a c. 1.5k steep climb. At the c. 2k point you turn off for the open mountain. This open mountain trail is flat and goes for 1k and brings you across the hill to Cannon Wood.

At the gate you turn right running downhill on single trail and into the wood. You then follow a downhill trail which will vary between a single trail and fire road for over 2k. At this point you turn left onto single trail again and begin a 1k climb.

This brings you to the mast, from here you descend for 100m onto fire road. Travelling on this for 200m you turn right and follow this fire road around the hill for 1k where you exit through a gate onto open mountain. This is a mix of trail and meadow and after c.1k brings you to the top of Kilmacommon Hill. The shorter course breaks off here and turns left for 200m down into the finish area at the Grotto.

The longer course continues downhill on meadow for 0.5km, then past the old ruin from here you start your final climb for 0.5km to a turning point where you turn left on your last kilometre to the finish.

Long course:

  • Distance 10.5km
  • Ascent 635m
  • Descent 345m

Short Course:

  • Distance 8.4km
  • Ascent 509m
  • Descent 217m