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Tuesday 16 July 2019

First Quest Glendalough on this week

Over 1,200 taking on adventure race

Myles Buchanan

Anticipation is building ahead of the first Quest Glendalough adventure race, which is taking place this Saturday, April 23.

The race involves running, cycling and kayaking across the spectacular mountains, glacial valleys and lakes of Wicklow National Park.

The event sold out two months in advance and will feature over 1,200 participants. There are three different routes which will suit all levels of fitness; the Mini 19km, Sport 41km and the Expert 57km

All three routes start at Laragh GAA pitch from 8 a.m. in staggered groups of 150 people, with the last wave leaving at 10 a.m.

Race organiser Paul Mahon said: 'Glendalough provides the idyllic backdrop for adventure racing. Glendalough is steeped in monastic history and famous for spectacular lakes and rugged mountains'.

The Expert 57k is aimed at experienced adventure racers. The route is challenging and takes in the famous Shay Elliot Climb, Glenmalure Valley, Croaghanmoira Mountain, Greenan and back to the Glendalough Hotel.

The Sport 41k is similar to the expert route, competitors take left at the Glenmalure lodge towards Greenan.

The Mini 19k is aimed at people taking on their first adventure race. Competitors will cycle out towards Clarabeg passing the picturesque Claravale Church.

After the race, competitors and spectators can enjoy a festival like atmosphere with music, food and after party at race headquarters, the Glendalough Hotel.

Each competitor will receive a customised finisher medal and cycle jersey.

If anyone would like to be part of the adventure but don't want to run, cycle or kayak, they can volunteer on the day. Contact Lisa for more details on (087) 6024621

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