Everything you need to know about the Wicklow Coastal Ultra in one page.
The Wicklow Coastal Ultra is a 50 kilometre out and back loop along the beautiful Wicklow coast. Runners must reach the finish within 7 hours to be eligible for awards. There are further cut offs on route.
COURSE AND TRAIL CONDITIONS
The race route consists of a 50 kilometre out and back loop along the beautiful Wicklow coast. Starting and finishing in the coastal town of Wicklow, It begins by heading out the locally known Murrough to Killoughter (5k a wide portion of the course on dune type grass/firm surface), before the trail narrows to Newcastle Aerodrome and Aid Station 1 (surface remains firm with shorter sections of soft sandy trail). You are sure to catch sigh of light aircraft flying overhead.
From there it is a 4 km section through to Kilcoole, before runners hit mixed terrain that will tire the legs. Soft sandy trail, stoney beach and coastal protection concrete slabs are all surfaces crossed. A thigh high stream crossing will also be negotiated (tide dependent).Travelling on to Greystones you meet similar mixed terrain to the previous section. However expect more running on the large concrete coastal protection slabs. The views of the Sugar Loaf and Bray Head in the distance are a reminder of the elevation you will gain over the next portion of the course.
It’s on to the village of Greystones Aid Station 2 and the only 1.5k non trail section of the run before picking up the stunning coastal path to Bray. Enjoy the stunning views and on this well maintained firm trail. On reaching the half way point at Bray the largest town in county Wicklow the views only get better. A sharp lung/leg busting trail (800M) across tree routes and coastal rock bring you to the highest point of the run and Aid Station 3. Runners then continue on firm flowing trail with some of the most spectacular views on the course. Some screaming fast loose trail descents require full concentration for tired body and mind. At 30 Km you rejoin the trail covered previously and retrace your steps from the first earlier on the run. With views of Greystones and Wicklow Head this feels like new trail.
All rules are at the final discretion of the race management team. No challenges will be permitted.
1. There will be no unofficial runners. Unofficial runners will be banned from taking part in future Centurion events.
2. Each runners bib number must be worn on the front of the body and must be easily visible at all times.
3. Runners must follow the marked trail/ course at all times. Any runner caught deliberately cutting the course will be immediately disqualified.
4. Each runner must complete the entire course under his or her own power.
5. Runners may not store supplies of any kind along the trail.
6. Each runner must be checked IN to all aid stations. DO NOT RUN PAST WITHOUT HAVING YOUR NUMBER TAKEN. You will be disqualified if you are not registered together with your time at every aid station.
7. Cut-off times will be strictly enforced. There are cut offs at EVERY aid station. Runners reaching the finish after the final cut off will not be listed as official finishers and will not be eligible for awards.
8. In addition to medical information provided by the runner during the online registration process, runners must fully disclose at race registration, changes to existing medical conditions and all prescription medications being taken.
9. Runners compete in this event entirely at their own risk including but not limited to road and rail crossings and all other hazards of the trail. There will be a full waiver to sign at registration. Runners refusing to sign the waiver will not be permitted to start.
10. Littering of any kind will result in immediate disqualification. Littering will threaten our use of the trails and the future of the race.
11. Any runner who is unable to finish the race must personally inform the aid station captain of the nearest checkpoint of his decision to withdraw. HE OR SHE MUST HAND IN HIS RACE NUMBER TO THE AID STATION CAPTAIN AT THAT TIME. This serves as official notice of a runner’s withdrawal from the race. Runners who leave the course without turning in their number will be classified as “lost,” initiating search and rescue, for which the runner may be charged.
12. Runners are responsible for the actions of their crews. If your crew are deemed to have broken any of the runner race rules or separate rules for crews, the runner will be held accountable. Your crew act on YOUR behalf and based on YOUR instructions.
13. Minimum Entry Age permitting is 18 years of age.
14. Pacers are not permitted at any stage of the run.
15. Runners must carry the following mandatory equipment at all times:
Fully Charged Mobile Phone including the numbers for the Race Medic and Race Director (on the number you have given at registration)
Waterproof Jacket: Gore-tex or similar, minimum 10000mm+ & must have sealed seams.
16. There will be mandatory gear checks at the start, on route, or at the finish. Failure to comply with the gear checks will result in disqualification.
17. Runners are not to be accompanied by dogs at any time whilst on course.
The footpaths, bridleways and roads on the course are used by, but not limited to, walkers and mountain bikers. Please be aware of other people whilst you are running and be as polite and courteous as possible to them, making way when necessary. You do not have priority over any other users out on the course, most will be totally unaware of the event taking place.
RULE VIOLATION PROCEDURE
Any protests to a ruling or of a runner to runner violation must be submitted by a registered entrant and must be lodged using the following procedure:
1. Report the alleged violation to the runner or his/her crew as the incident occurs. Enlist a fellow witness to the alleged violation if possible.
2. Report the alleged violation with the runner’s name and number to the next available aid station staff.
3. Report the alleged violation in writing at the finish line to the race director. All protests must be submitted by 6pm on Monday following the race. Written protest must include the name of the person who lodged the complaint.
4. Decision on all violations and rules is at the final discretion of the Race Management ONLY. There will be no challenges after that decision.