The Kerry Way Ultra Recce

The Kerry Way Ultra Recce

Kerry Way Ultra Recce - date TBC

These recce weekends are a chance for you to get to know the route of The Kerry Way, find out about the correct footwear, gear, nutrition etc. and chat to previous participants of The Kerry Way Ultra. They are training weekends where you are asked to stay with your guides at all times. Your guides are qualified and experienced and their knowledge may make the difference between you finishing your event or being a DNF!

Two day-time runs of approx. 5/6 hours duration. Both approx. full marathon distance.

Saturday – from Killarney (Killarney Racecourse, Ross Road, Killarney) to Glencar (The Climbers Inn).
10am start, meeting at The Killarney Racecourse, Ross Road, Killarney from 9.30am onwards and there will be a coach pick-up at The Climbers Inn to return to Killarney, approx. 5pm.

Sunday – from Sneem (Christians Supermarket) to Killarney (Killarney Racecourse) or Kenmare, depending on weather and trail conditions.
Coach pick-up at Kenmare Square or The Killarney Racecourse , Killarney at 9am, transfer to Sneem for a 10am start and run back to either Kenmare or Killarney, depending on weather etc. Kenmare or Killarney will be decided on by your guides on Saturday.

Recce 1 - June 24-25, 2023

Saturday June 24, 2023

The Killarney Racecourse, Ross Road, Killarney to The Climbers Inn, Glencar.

This run will cover 25 miles of the course from the start, through the Bag Drop location at Lord Brandon’s Cottage, to the first Support Crew Station in Glencar.

YOU MAY USE YOUR OWN TRANSPORT BACK TO KILLARNEY OR THERE WILL BE A COACH PICK-UP.

You will need to bring the following:

  • End of stage bag to be given to the Crew Van at The Killarney Racecourse at 9.30am – this should contain your change of clothes, recovery food, and a towel for collection at the end of the run, please keep this bag small. Road shoes recommended for this stage.
  • Suitable clothing for the trail and weather conditions on the day.
  • Some money if you wish to purchase water or snacks at Lord Brandon’s Cottage (approx. half-way) There will NOT be a bag drop at this point during the recce. There will be toilets available here.

Sunday June 25, 2023

Sneem to Kenmare (35k) or Killarney (60k), depending on weather and trail conditions.

YOU MAY USE YOUR OWN TRANSPORT TO SNEEM OR THERE WILL BE A COACH TRANSFER

You will need to bring the following:

  • End of stage bag to be given to the Crew Van at The Killarney Racecourse at 9am(or Kenmare) – this should contain your change of clothes, recovery food, and a towel – for collection at the end of the run. There will be a coach transfer to Sneem.
  • Bag of food/drink/equipment for a support stop at Kenmare to be given to the Crew Van at 9am Fresh Road shoes recommended for this stage.
  • Suitable clothing for the trail and weather conditions on the day.

Recce 2 (overnight) - July 29-30, 2023

A day into night run starting in Glencar (The Climbers Inn) and finishing in Sneem, approx. 95k.

We will meet in Sneem for a briefing (Sneem Community Centre) at 9.30am, then transfer to Glencar by coach and then run back to Sneem.

Glencar to Sneem
We will meet at the Sneem Community Centre at 9.30am in order to depart for Glencar by coach at 10am. Any drop bags for later stages must be brought to Sneem and then on to Glencar by coach (the Crew Van will meet you at Glencar taking the Drop Bag). Only one small bag per person. From Glencar we will run the Kerry Way to Sneem, a distance of approximately 95km, running through the day and into the night. We will be leaving Glencar around 11am/11.30am, the time which many athletes will pass through that point during the KWU.

Glencar
No supplies or toilets unless pub is open!

Road shoes recommended to begin with.

Glenbeigh Village (14km from start)
Bag drop, supermarket and toilets

Foilmore GAA Grounds (17km from Glenbeigh)
Bag drop and possibly toilets (definitely toilets on race day!)

You must have a head torch and other night gear available here. Please check that your torch is working and has fresh batteries before you pack it!

Trail shoes recommended from here.

Waterville (28km from Foilmore)
Bag drop and toilets. Shops will probably be closed at time of arrival, pubs and chipper possibly open.

Night gear required. Possible change back to road shoes, dependant on weather and preferences.

Caherdaniel (15km from Waterville)
Bag drop only. Possibly pubs open for toilets etc

Sneem (18km from Caherdaniel)
Bag drop and finish!

All distances are approximate.

THERE WILL BE A COACH TRANSFER OR YOU MAY BRING YOUR OWN CREW FOR BOTH RECCES.

The recces will split into two groups, Group A and Group B, with at least one guide and one sweeper for each group. There will be two crew vans, Van A and Van B, for your drop bag. If you decide to go with Group A (a faster group) use Van A for your bag. Group B, use Van B. Only one drop bag needed as it will be brought to each crew stop. If you decide to drop out at any stage, you may need a taxi to get back to your car, we may not be able to return you.

Both recces together will/may cover the entire Kerry Way route.

There will be a cost for each recce, it will be €50, this is to cover the costs of transport (whether you use it or not), guides, crew vans, insurance etc.