ROUTE: This route was mapped by one of our members on a practice run, actual race route starts and finishes further up the main street in Dundrum so is shorter and measures 8 miles
The race starts on Dundrum Main Street. You will then follow the course of the Dundrum Road out of the village and turn right to follow the B180 or Old Road. This runs parallel to the Dundrum Road and includes the only significant hill on the course.
At approximately 2 miles you will go straight across the Dundrum Road and turn sharp left to go along a 1 mile section of flat stony track, known locally as ‘the cut’.
At the end of the track and just where it meets Downshire Bridge you will turn right to go along the Keel Point Road towards Murlough House. This section which runs through the nature reserve is gently up hill and crosses 2 cattle grids.
Just before Murlough House you will turn sharp right and go along a section of undulating boardwalk before reaching the beach.
At the beach you will turn right. You will now have to cover approximately 2 miles of beach. Towards the end of the beach you will turn right again to join the boardwalk. From this section of board walk you will turn left and cross the Murlough National Nature Reserve National Trust car park. There will be a water station at this point
After exiting the car park you will turn sharp right and go straight back to Dundrum along the hard shoulder of the right hand side of the Dundrum Road to the finish point on the Main Street.
The route will be marshalled, signed and have mile markers.
If for any reason you have to drop out of the race please inform a race marshall.
Murlough was declared Ireland’s first nature reserve in 1967 and has been cared for by the National Trust ever since, providing a haven for wildlife. It is a prime habitat for a host of waders and seabirds. We would ask all runners to respect the nature reserve and not to leave any litter behind. There will be volunteers to pick up cups at the water station but otherwise please ensure that you take all your litter with you and that the only thing you leave on the beach are your footprints.