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09-01-2019, 18:14   #1
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IMRA Season 2019

The mountain running calendar has never been busier. For those new to IMRA here is some of a piece I wrote for my club.


The full list of events can be found here.
https://www.imra.ie/events/
A lot of the races are arranged into leagues. Winter/Spring league, Trail league, Summer league.
https://www.imra.ie/leagues/

First up in Leinster is the Winter Spring league. Starting at the Hellfire club on Sun 13th Jan.
https://www.imra.ie/leagues/view/id/291/
You can race all races in the league if you want, but at least 4 if you want to score.

To join imra you do the following steps.
1. Create a login on this imra website (for children they need a separate login and email address too)
2. Pay IMRA membership of 10 Euro in the purchase options.

To do an IMRA race there are two options.
1. Pre-register. You purchase an entry online to the race at least 24 hours before the event. Cost is 7 Euro.
2. Vouchers. You can buy a voucher card for 50 Euro which covers 10 races. With vouchers you do not have to register for any race, you just turn up on the day and your voucher card will be punched. Vouchers are the best option as they are transferable and you can share with your friends etc.

When you go to the race you will either go to the pre-register desk, or the voucher desk.
At your first race you will collect your number which you keep for the year (don't throw it out!), and you can collect a voucher book if you've bought one.

Mandatory. You must carry/wear a raincoat at all times at any IMRA event. There are controls and you can be DQ'ed!

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10-01-2019, 11:28   #2
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Thanks for the explanation.

I joined and got the voucher card... No excuses now! :-)
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Signed up...Just a quick one for you IMRA peeps..

I'm thinking about Maurice Mullins Ultra do I need to have ran in an IMRA event before hand to qualify to enter?
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Signed up...Just a quick one for you IMRA peeps..

I'm thinking about Maurice Mullins Ultra do I need to have ran in an IMRA event before hand to qualify to enter?
No, you just have to be mad, you qualify
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No, you just have to be mad, you qualify
Looking at the Maurice Mullins Half - is it fairly obvious where to go? Don't see anything bout map/compass being required
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It's pretty obvious, you just follow the Wicklow Way signs, and anyone else around you.
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Looking forward to kicking off the year on Sunday in Hellfire. Same route as the altered finish last year. Looks like it will be decent enough weather too :-)
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Did you guys do this today? I never made it but hope to get to the howth one
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Hellfire - The Standard is increasing!!

Get to get the year kicks off. Conditions were relatively good in fairness, a good wind on top but pretty good overall. I found a definite jump in standards and a quality field?
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Get to get the year kicks off. Conditions were relatively good in fairness, a good wind on top but pretty good overall. I found a definite jump in standards and a quality field?
Looked pretty competitive compared to previous years.

Hellfire usually attracts a few fast road runners. It also doesn’t suit the more pure mtn runner given it’s lack of climbs/technical downhill.
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Definitely agree with Djoucer, the later races with less road and more sharp downhills will tighten things up!! Good competition do and good to see a quality field keeping everyone honest.
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Great to see such a big turnout. Tough conditions cresting the hill each time into the gale! Ridiculous time set by the winner, amazing. I was happy to get two mins off last year.
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Is 200 plus the normal turnout?

Very well organised, thanks to the volunteers and words of encouragement from well wishers...
Legs were fine cant say the same for my lungs....
Now do I do Howth??
Any of the cycler's know of secure bike parking anywhere over there?
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Is 200 plus the normal turnout?

Very well organised, thanks to the volunteers and words of encouragement from well wishers...
Legs were fine cant say the same for my lungs....
Now do I do Howth??
Any of the cycler's know of secure bike parking anywhere over there?
Howth will see a similar amount. Races close to the m50 tend to see bigger turnouts, weather is a big factor too. For howth it’s a long way to drive for a 6k race but I’ll see.
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Is 200 plus the normal turnout?

Very well organised, thanks to the volunteers and words of encouragement from well wishers...
Legs were fine cant say the same for my lungs....
Now do I do Howth??
Any of the cycler's know of secure bike parking anywhere over there?
The golf club used to be used and plenty safely left their bikes there. There's new owners now and for one reason or another it's not being used, so it looks like you may be locking your bike as an ordinary visitor to Howth.
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