Info: New entries for this event closed on Sunday 10th March 2019.
The Shamrock Adventure Race is back ! This time its an 8 hour unique adventure race brough to you in comjunstion with the outdoor adventure company Total Experience. The race includes mountain biking, urban orienteering, a paddle on the river Barrow and trail run / treking as teams navigate around the Barrow Valley and Blackstairs Mountains. What better way to start Paddies weekend 2019!
The Barrow Valley is a fantastic location for a multi sport adventure race with the River Barrow, Blackstairs mountains, Mount Leinster and Brandon Hill all providing a beautiful natural setting for this event. Like a shamrock the race will be split into three stages based around the race HQ - the new Adventure Hub in Graignamanagh. Teams will navigate their way around the hills, forests and rivers in the region finding as many checkpoints as possible over the 8 hours. More experienced teams will be streched to visit all the checkpoints but you can check off as many as you like and still compete. Some will be easy to access, others not so - its up to you which ones you go for!
All teams will need to have the appropriate race map (see below) and the time to ID and mark up the checkpoints before they head out on the first leg of Shamrock AR. Every team should have someone that is able to read a map and navigate or they risk getting lost! There will be very few conventional route markers. The race course is designed to allow people of varing speeds and abilities to compete it from the most hardened elite adventure racer to the novice team looking for an outdoor challenge.
The event is open to Teams of 2 or 4 (mixed, all female or all male). You can also choose to do the Expert Class ( doing all stages/ activities) or Sport Class where you don't do the paddle stage. The adventure hub is in the scenic village of Graignamanagh, Co. Kilkenny and is only 30 minutes from Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny and Carlow.
After the challenge is complete its time to party with after race food, prize-giving and drinks planned for afterwards - its Paddies Weekend after all !
The event will utilise the new Outdoor Adventure Hub in "Graig" as a race HQ and with hot showers, a warm meal and good parking on offer its a great base for this event.
Double Sit On Top Kayaks, Paddles and BA's will be supplied and all teams will require their own mountain bikes and all the usual gear (including mandatory) for an event like this. Full kit list with event instructions will be issued to all teams in advance of the race and can be seen on the event website www.shamrockadventurerace.com
All teams will need to have their own map for this event. The Blackstairs, Mount Leinster and Barrow Valley Map from Eastwest Mapping is the map required and this is available to purchase online from https://www.eastwestmapping.ie/product/blackstairs-mount-leinster-the-barrow-valley-2/.