World Cup starts with Seven Sisters event in Ireland this weekend

seven sisters

by Trail Running staff |

Irish international Paddy O'Leary is among the big names expected as the World Mountain Running Association World Cup kicks off with the Seven Sisters Skyline 30km in Ireland on Saturday.

The first of 17 events over five months will be staged in the magnificent Derryveagh mountains of County Donegal. The 30 km race route with over 2134m of total vertical climbing runs along the top of all of the Seven Sisters from Muckish to Errigal. The technical course is renowned for its variable terrain and amazing beauty.

US resident O'Leary, who competed for Ireland in the 2019 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships, will be joined by compatriots Ruairi Long and Matthew Mc Connell. Americans Olivia Amber and Kathryn O'Regan will be challenged by Ireland's Sarah Brady on the women's side.

Race director Eunan Quinn said: “As they say up here, it's different (Donegal), and this route is different to anything else in Ireland. A point-to-point route that is true mountain running on open wild unforgiving terrain. Everyone who competes in the event tells us how tough, demanding, energy sapping the course is. The terrain is varied with a little tarmac, gravel path, loose scree, rocky terrain, lots of soft boggy terrain and steep hills. With very little defined tracks or trails on the route full concentration is needed at all times, and one hill leads to the next with little or no flatter sections on the route.”

Pic credit: race organisers

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