Ballina woman Rachel Nolan and Lonan O’Farrell from Foxford will be among the names to watch at the Gaelforce Sky Run on March 7 when up to 700 brave souls take to the Maumturk mountains in Leenane for an epic battle with the terrain.
Rachel is the current record holder and is returning to try and retain her title as queen of the mountains whilst Lonan has created quite a name for himself in the mountains all over Europe.
The Maumturk mountains, however, will be a bit different to what most of these runners are used to. Traditionally, in the UK and Europe the mountains will have trails but not so in the west. Wild open mountains await. This run offers spectacular views of Connemara and gives runners unique access to some of the most stunning peaks in the region.
The Gaelforce Sky Run offers three routes, which will suit all levels of runner. For the elite mountain runners, the 22km Expert route will challenge the toughest of them. The 13km Intermediate route will suit runners who have some experience with trail and mountain running – it is still a hefty challenge. For anyone new to this style of running the 12km Introductory route is tailored with the perfect mix of trail and mountain to suit anyone looking for a new challenge.
This race was recently added to an exclusive group of races known as the Skyrunner UK and Ireland Series. The Gaelforce Sky Run is also an Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) qualifying race.