Hello trail runners – the season is turning and so are the leaves, but the cooler air temperatures of autumn are perfect for running around the woodland and highland trails of Sligo. Come along and join us as we explore the pine and birch woodlands at the following locations this week:
the Benbulbin Forest Trail at Gortarowey/Barnaribbon (18:00, Tuesday, Sept. 2nd), meeting in the forest trail car park;
the less hilly woodland trail alongside Lough Gill at Hazelwood (18:00, Wednesday, Sept. 3rd), meeting at Half Moon Bay;
the blustery coastal trails through the marram grass and pinewoods of the Strandhill headland trail (18:00, Thursday, Sept. 4th), meeting at the weird metal sculpture on the seafront.
If you are just starting out and are a bit concerned about pace, Gortarowey and Hazelwood are ideal, as they are both looped trails. Looped trails allow us to form foundation and progression pace running groups so people can work on their running capacities without feeling like they are putting pressure on others to slow down or speed up. In addition, Saturday and Sunday morning trail runs always begin with an hour of foundation pace running, regardless of the location: these sessions allow me to guide foundation pace trail runners as they work on their running form, cardiovascular and skeletomuscular capacities as part of a supportive, enabling group.
Remember, the rooms in Markree Castle are booking up for the Tralua Trail Running launch event on September 20th – we are going to be exploring one of the most spectacular sections of the Sligo Way between Slish Wood and Union Wood – so go ahead and make your arrangements directly with Markree to ensure you are included! For details, check this link:
Hopefully, you will want to join us for the whole 24-hour event. I will be updating the event advertisement with a detailed overview of the route we will be taking on the day, so keep watching this space. In the meantime, here are some images I took while walking the route over the course of a sunny morning in July of 2013:
Have a good week!
Tralua Trail Running sessions happen every Saturday & Sunday, as well as every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. A single trail running session costs €8; €12 covers two sessions in a 7-day period, from Saturday to Saturday; €16 covers you for any three sessions in that same 7-day period, while €20 covers up to five sessions in a 7-day period. All Tralua Trail Runners are covered by insurance.