Trail race to end in Millstreet
Participants are set to convene in Millstreet early on Saturday morning before embarking over a 70 km race over part of the famous O'Sullivan Bere route.
Sli Gaeltacht Mhúscrai (Muskerry Gaeltacht Way) are hosting the Ultra Trail Race, with the Irish Mountain Running Association bringing participants to West and North Cork to race over a challenging route for the first time.
Starting in Kealkil, the race is scheduled for a finish in Millstreet. Those involved are scheduled to convene in Millstreet at 6am before being transported to the start in Kealkil.
The route follows the famous retreat march of Donal Cam O'Sullivan Beare in 1602, and forms just part of the 500km Beara-Breifne Way which runs from the tip of the Beara Peninsula at Dursey (Co. Cork) to Blacklion (Co. Cavan).
SlíGaeltacht Mhúscrai is a fully way-marked trail that covers just over 70km of the route, running between Kealkill and Millstreet. Runners will cross the Sheehy and Derrynasaggart mountain ranges over a variety of tough open mountain terrain, forest trails and quiet country roads.
Stage 1 of the route between Kealkill and Gougane Barra is also part of a local Pilgrim Walk entailing 16.6km with a cut-off time of three hours to complete.
Next up is a 12.2 trek on Stage 2 from Gougane Barra to Ballingeary, the cut-off time for reaching this check-point from the original outset is five hours.
Stage 3 is the 19km trail from Ballingeary to Ballyvourneytraversing the foothills of the Derrynasaggart mountains.
This route passes the Shrine of St. Gobnait and its said O'Sullivan Beare and his followers stopped there on New Year's Day 1603 to seek the guidance of St. Gobnait for the long journey ahead.
The final stretch of the Slíclimb involves stage 4, the 23.4km distance from Ballyvourney to Millstreet traversing the Derrynasaggart mountains, Mullaghanish and contouring around the north side of Claragh mountain before ascending towards Millstreet town for an official finish in the West End.