Excitement Peaks as the IMRA Garryduff Woods Race Kicks Off Summer/Autumn League

May 01, 2024

This evening, May 1st, marks the eagerly awaited opener of the IMRA Munster Coillte Summer/Autumn League at Garryduff Woods in Rochestown, Co. Cork. Under the expert guidance of Race Director Derek Walsh, this event promises an exhilarating start to a series of twelve races that showcase the best of trail and mountain running in Ireland.

With a massive 92 entries, the enthusiasm among participants is palpable as they gear up to traverse a challenging yet scenic 6.5km course boasting 200m of elevation gain. Garryduff Woods, nestled south-east of Cork City, offers a picturesque backdrop for runners to test their skills on a mix of technical terrain, climbs, and single-track routes.

For many, this race not only signifies a competitive endeavour but also a chance to immerse themselves in the vibrant community that define IMRA (Irish Mountain Running Association) events. It's a fantastic opportunity for newcomers to dip their toes into trail and mountain running and experience firsthand the thrill and fun that await them in subsequent races throughout the league.

As participants gather at the start line, anticipation fills the air, reflecting the shared passion for outdoor adventure and athletic achievement. The IMRA Garryduff Woods race sets the stage for a season brimming with challenges, triumphs, and the spirit of exploration that defines trail and mountain running in Ireland.

Featured Image: Nick Hogan

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