Course Details – 17th – 20th August ’17
The 2017 Quadrathon course will be same as 2016 course i.e. Anti clockwise around Inishowen.
A separate route each day over 104.8 mile of coastal roads around Inishowen 100 / Wild Atlantic Way scenic route. The routes are a mass of beautiful scenery and dotted with historical landmarks and small friendly towns and villages. The perfectly balanced choice of course each day and our added hospitality and care for runners are what make this event so Unique and a ell earned reputation of the “best of its kind in Ireland or Europe“, not our words but those of past participants testimonials which are indisputably the “proof of the pudding”.
Extreme North races require a little more endurance than normal flat marathon courses. Essentially it’s a certified marathon distance stripped back to its origins of endurance with your body clock, as opposed to your stop watch confirming that you have just completed a real endurance test.
The event is suited to all levels of endurance athlete’s offering separate start times to accommodate Walkers / Slow runners as well as the elite endurance runner. Allow an extra 10%+ on your normal marathon time to account for elevation and Back 2 Back runs
You can assume that the entire course is on Tarred road. If there is any small section not it is not likely to affect your choice of runners.
Day 1, Thursday – Kinnego Marathon
WARRIOR COURSE (Full Marathon )
The Kinnego Marathon has a sample of everything you can expect over the next 4 days, flat scenic coastal roads, small villages, enduring hill climbs and stunning scenery that changes with every turn of the road. Day 1 Marathon commencing in Moville with a reasonably flat and scenic 9 mile along the banks of the Foyle, passing through Greencastle village, the Golf links, Shroove then change direction offering a panoramic view over Lough Foyle and Causeway Coast. Then turning right for one of the toughest 2mile hill climbs (900 ft elev.) to be encountered over the 4 days, climaxing at the summit with fantastic panoramic views all around you before a 2.5 mile steep decent towards the Half Marathon stage just South of Kinnego Bay. As for every day there will be Kit drop, toilets and food facilities at the Half Marathon stage
QUEST COURSE (Half Marathon)
The Half Marathon start and second stage of the Marathon pass the beautiful Kinnego Bay of Spanish Armada fame before encountering a tough 1k climb signalling the end of enduring climbs for day 1 so you can relax into most of the the remaining 11 miles of rolling scenic coastal roads passing Tremone, Ballyharry then through the beautiful village of Culdaff and onto the beautiful tourist village of Malin and the welcoming finish gantry on the Green.
Shower facilities at the Malin GAA club house, just 100m from finish and a hot meal awaits you in the Malin Hotel.
Day 2, Friday – Malin Head Marathon
WARRIOR COURSE (Full Marathon)
Irelands most Northerly Marathon with views and landscapes that are unique to the West Coast of Ireland. This Marathon is on the most northerly coastal roads, skirting past amazing landscapes with the Atlantic waves almost lapping at your heels in places.
Starting from yesterdays finish in Malin Town and 4 mile along marathon runners will spend the rest of their day on the WIld Atlantic Way route as they feel the fresh winds of the North Atlantic keeping their bodies cool as the route sweeps along the northern coast with the sound of the Atlantic waves being the only intrusion to your thoughts as you witness some of Irelands most fantastic coastlines
QUEST COURSE (Half marathon)
The Half Marathon stage starts at the Pier Road as the rugged sea coastline opens up to the right as runners make their way to Banba’a Crown, Irelands most northerly land point with only the sound of waves lapping off the rocks being the only interruption to your thoughts. 6 miles into stage 2 runners will embark on todays main climb of Knockamanny Bends. Not as gruelling as yesterdays climb with less than 600ft over 2 mile distance. The good news is that the remaining 5 mile is either descending or completely flat passing beautiful beaches at Lag then back to Finish Arena at Malin Town with the usual hospitality laid on.
Day 3, Saturday – Mamore Marathon
WARRIOR COURSE (Full Marathon)
Jury is still out on the toughest day of the Quadrathon, Its definitely between Day 1 and today, regardless, you now have a flavour of what to expect. Today’s course is flatter than day 1 with the only daunting feature being Mamore Gap, you may not know of it, but you definitely will remember it if you sign up for the Mamore Marathon or Half Marathon.
Starting in Malin, runners will make their way through Carndonagh, Ballyliffin and Clonmany on a relatively flat / drag route before arriving at the Half marathon stage at Tullagh, near the Rusty Nail bar in Urris.
QUEST COURSE (Half marathon)
Half Marathon and Marathon runners can only hope for a calm day as the next 4 flat mile, can often be hampered with winds coming off the North Coast which definitely impact on your speed. Wind or no wind, at end of this you will encounter Mamore Gap, 2 small words for 1 large climb.
Mamore climb is an 880ft climb over 1.2 miles rising sharply over first and last increments Only a handful of runners have manage to resemble anything like running this section, the remainder resorted to walking, crawling or whatever it took to get to the top.
After taking in the panoramic views all around you, now you must evaluate what the last few miles has sapped of your energy before embarking on a remaining, what seems normal, 14k with no major surprises. Todays finish route takes you onto the coastline at Neds Point and a final 1 mile run along the Shore Path into Buncrana and the finish line at Buncrana Youth Club.
Day 4, Sunday – Muff Marathon
WARRIOR COURSE (Full marathon)
Pay no heed to previous claims of a flat course, that’s all changed. Leaving Buncrana the course takes in a 7 mile flat stretch along the East bank of Lough Swilly then turning left and onto a 5 mile of mixed climb and flat before arriving at Grainne’s Gap and a panoramic view overlooking the City of Derry and East coast of Lough Foyle and more importantly your last climb of the race..
QUEST COURSE (Half marathon)
Half Marathon runners will also be delighted to learn of a flat course today, especially those who have run on the 3 previous days. Starting at Iskaheen the course makes its way to the Rock Bar junction then onto Muff and the final straight of 9 mile along the West banks of the River Foyle, passing Quigleys point, on its way to the finish and final day of the Quadrathon at Redcastle Hotel.
HERO - 105m Ultra
Saturday 19th August @ 2:30pm
The HERO will follow the exact route as the QUADRATHON CHALLENGE so course will be described per Marathon distance and you will receive a medal for each Marathon distance completed.
Stage 1 – KINNEGO Marathon, – Moville via Kinnego to Malin Town
Starting in Moville, with a sample of everything you can expect along the route, flat scenic coastal roads, small villages, enduring hill climbs and stunning scenery that changes with every turn of the road. A pleasant 5 mile run along the West Banks of the Foyle, through Greencastle, past the Golf links and onto Shroove Head. 1 mile moderate climb opening up a panoramic view over Lough Foyle and Causeway Coast now on your left. An easy 2 mile before turning right for one of the races toughest 2mile hill climbs (900 ft elev.) climaxing at the summit with fantastic panoramic views all around you followed by a 2.5 mile sharp decent to Kinnego Bay of Spanish Armada fame, then a tough 1k climb signalling the end of enduring climbs for stage 1 so you can relax into most of the the remaining 11 miles of rolling scenic coastal roads passing through picturesque Culdaff village and onto the beautiful tourist village of Malin signalling end of stage 1.
Cut off time 6:00hrs – Saturday 8:30pm
Stage 2 – MALIN Marathon – Malin Town via Glengad, Malin Head and Malin Town
One lap around the “Green” in Malin town, then back on same road towards Culdaff for half mile, turn left then right towards Glengad and onto the WIld Atlantic Way route as you feel the fresh winds of the North Atlantic keeping your body cool as the route sweeps along the northern coastline. Eventually the coast opens up to the sea on your right as you make your way towards Banba’a Crown, Irelands most northerly land point, with the sound of the Atlantic waves beating off the rocks being the only intrusion to your thoughts as you witness some of Irelands most fantastic coastal scenery. Next onto a 600ft climb over 2 miles at mile 45 known locally as Knockamanny Bends. The good news is that it will almost be another marathon distance before encountering the next steep climb. Runners will then pass the beautiful beaches at Lag and back to end of stage 2 at Malin again.
Cut-off time 12:00hrs. – Sun 2:30am
Stage 3 – MAMORE Marathon – Malin Town via Mamore to Buncrana.
Turning Right out of the village you’ll embark on the second half of this amazing challenge and make your way through Carndonagh, Ballyliffin and Clonmany on a relatively flat route for next 17 mile then all the hills are packed into one heap as you Mamore Gap, 2 small words for 1 large climb.
Mamore climb is 880 ft climb over 1.2mile, rising like an elevator on the first and last increments. Only a handful of runners have manage to resemble anything like running this section, the remainder resorted to walking, crawling or whatever it took to get to the top. After taking in the panoramic views all around you, (dawn permitting) there is a short sharp steep decline and another 0.5mile elevated run before getting back to more normal landscape and eventually arriving at Sea level at Neds Points and a 1k shore path run will see the finish of stage 3.
Cut-off Time 18:45hrs – Sun 9:15am
Stage 4 – MUFF Marathon. Buncrana via Fahan, Grainnes Gap, Muff & Redcastle
Pay no heed to previous claims of a flat course, that’s all changed. Leaving Buncrana the course takes in a 7 mile flat stretch along the East bank of Lough Swilly then turning left and onto a 5 mile of mixed climb and flat before arriving at Grainne’s Gap and a panoramic view overlooking the City of Derry and East coast of Lough Foyle and more importantly your last climb of the race. The last 14 mile is virtually downhill & flat with only 2 very short climbs on course and a tranquil run from Muff with Lough Foyle on your right hand side for the last 9 mile through Quigleys Point and onto the “thought you’d never see” Finish line at Redcastle Hotel.
Cut-off time 26:00hrs – Sun 4:30pm
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