Wednesday, 20 April 2011
IAU Trail World Championships
The IAU Trail World Championships will take place in Connemara, Ireland on 9th July 2011.
Connemara is a spectacularly beautiful area in County Galway on the west coast of Ireland. The event will be operated in the area of Connemara National Park and its surrounding environs. See www.connemaranationalpark.ie for information about the park.
Starting in the village of Letterfrack, the course will first traverse Diamond Hill, which consists of two circular loop trails conjoined in the middle in a figure eight fashion. There are switchbacks in the steeper sections of the hill and a large section of boardwalks along the lowlands for a cumulative distance of 7km. Diamond Hill reaches a height of 442 metres and rewards athletes with expansive panoramic views of all of the Connemara area, including the Twelve Ben Mountains, Kylemore Abbey and Kylemore Lough, which the runners will encounter later in the course.
Following their return from the Diamond Hill summit, athletes will run a loop of approximately 30km twice and encounter asphalt road, bog, conventional trail paths, streams, forest and mountains for a true trail run in nature. They will have to negotiate Benbaun Mountain twice, which has a summit height of 729 metres. It's undoubtedly a tough course that could well suit 100km runners, long distance mountain runners and 24 hour runners alike.
Diamond Hill, Connemara
Kylemore Abbey, Connemara
Kylemore Lough, Connemara
Cottage in Connemara
Top of Mountain in Connemara