Ancient Warriors Trail

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ANCIENT WARRIORS TRAIL

To be taken any time between the Spring and Autumn equinoxes, this 107 km trail route will challenge even the most dedicated endurance athlete.

 

Taking place over ancient trails in the lands where the famed Fianna warriors of Irish mythology roamed and pilgrims hiked on the Way of St James, it starts at the Bronze Age wedge tomb in Coomakista and ends at the front door of Kate Kearney’s Cottage in the Gap of Dunloe.

 

Along the way, there’s the small matter of Ireland’s highest peak Carrauntoohil to conquer, as well as the spine of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, featuring six peaks all over 900m high.

THE CHALLENGE

1
At 5.30am start at the Wedge tomb at Coomakista
2
Continue running through the day
3
Hope to finish at Kate Kearney’s within 24 hours
Running legend

The first man to run the trail was Irish ultrarunning star Kevin Leahy in 2020. Even a runner of his calibre still took 20 hours to complete the feat.

Lighting up

To fall in with the ancient theme, the route should be done between the Spring and Autumn equinoxes, which also makes for less running at night.

Proof positive

To show you've done the route, all you need is your Strava/GPX file and a photo at the finish, Kate Kearney's Cottage.

Wedge tomb

The trail starts at a neolithic wedge tomb that is wrapped in the mythological tale of Diarmuid and Gráinne.

Ancient Warriors Trail

 Reeks District

FAQ

Even the best runners buddy up on this challenging route. Going with pals is recommended.

You'll pass some shops on the way for supplies, but a running vest with ample water, food, a hat, waterproof jacket and a head torch would all be wise.

Not everyone who has tried the route has finished. Prepare for a super tough challenge.

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