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Wednesday 23 October 2019

Ecotrail challengers take on trails from Bray

Emma Hudson, Regis Clairemont, Mel Keating, Lorna Bhandari, Nikki Hill, Sinead and Eadaoin McGhee
Emma Hudson, Regis Clairemont, Mel Keating, Lorna Bhandari, Nikki Hill, Sinead and Eadaoin McGhee

Mary Fogarty

Over 1,000 trail runners set off from the bandstand in Bray last Saturday, for the Ecotrail runs of various distances.

Participants enjoyed an amazing atmosphere, stunning views, and lovely running courses.

Organisers said that they were overwhelmed by how well the day went, and thanked all of the runners, volunteers, and partners. Wicklow was the 10th European destination to host the epic Ecotrail trail running event.

Participants chose from four different trail distances of 18km, 28km, 45km or 80km, bringing them from the shore of the Irish Sea to the heart of the Wicklow Mountains.

Everyone from novices to the most experienced ultra trail runners could take part.

Locations along the various trails included Bray Head, Killruddery, the Sugarloaf, Powerscourt Waterfall, the Wicklow Way, Lough Tay, Roundwood and the Vartry Reservoir. Ecotrail was first organised in Paris ten years ago with the objective to connect the city with the outdoors with a stunning finish on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower. Ecotrail comes with a very strong eco-responsible ethos and each event is committed to reducing litter, minimise environmental impact and promote public transport.

The Ecotrail concept has been recreated around various cities in Europe and is now held in Reykjavik, Oslo, Stockholm, Brussels, Geneva, Florence, Madrid and Funchal (Madeira).

The after-party included refreshments and music along the seafront and in the Martello as challengers made their way to the finish line.

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