Half, Full & 63k Ultra road marathons over 4 days
This is not just another running event, it’s more personal than that, the concept of this event is experiencing camaraderie, lasting friendships, amazing scenery and unequalled hospitality during this iconic 4 day running festival.
Witness the scenic Wild Atlantic Way, run a different route daily along rugged coastal roads in the unspoilt Inishowen Peninsula, home to Malin Head the most northerly point and steeped in scenery, history and tradition and experience the hospitality and warmth of both locals and organisers.
Whether medals are your thing or not you just can’t overlook the Quadrathon Medal, every finisher of this punishing 4 day event is a true winner and the medal is testimony to that ethos. We would argue that its in proportion to everything else about the event which is bigger and better.
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A separate route each day – travelling over 104.8 mile of coastal roads around Inishowen 100 / Wild Atlantic Way scenic route. The routes are a mass of beautiful scenery and dotted with historical landmarks and small friendly towns and villages. The perfectly balanced choice of course each day and our added hospitality and care for runners are what make this event so Unique and a ell earned reputation of the “best of its kind in Ireland or Europe“, not our words but those of past participants testimonials which are indisputably the “proof of the pudding”.
Extreme North races require a little more endurance than normal flat marathon courses. Essentially it’s a certified marathon distance stripped back to its origins of endurance with your body clock, as opposed to your stop watch confirming that you have just completed a real endurance test.
The event is suited to all levels of endurance athlete’s offering separate start times to accommodate Walkers / Slow runners as well as the elite endurance runner. Allow an extra 10%+ on your normal marathon time to account for elevation and Back 2 Back runs
You can assume that the entire course is on Tarred road. If there is any small section not it is not likely to affect your choice of runners.
The HERO will follow the exact route as the QUADRATHON CHALLENGE so course will be described per Marathon distance and you will receive a medal for each Marathon distance completed.
Stage 1 – KINNEGO Marathon, – Moville via Kinnego to Malin Town
en-quad-1_0031Starting in Moville, with a sample of everything you can expect along the route, flat scenic coastal roads, small villages, enduring hill climbs and stunning scenery that changes with every turn of the road. A pleasant 5 mile run along the West Banks of the Foyle, through Greencastle, past the Golf links and onto Shroove Head. 1 mile moderate climb opening up a panoramic view over Lough Foyle and Causeway Coast now on your left. An easy 2 mile before turning right for one of the races toughest 2mile hill climbs (900 ft elev.) climaxing at the summit with fantastic panoramic views all around you followed by a 2.5 mile sharp decent to Kinnego Bay of Spanish Armada fame, then a tough 1k climb signalling the end of enduring climbs for stage 1 so you can relax into most of the the remaining 11 miles of rolling scenic coastal roads passing through picturesque Culdaff village and onto the beautiful tourist village of Malin signalling end of stage 1.
Cut off time 6:00hrs = Saturday 6:00pm
Stage 2 – MALIN Marathon – Malin Town via Glengad, Malin Head and Malin Town
One lap around the “Green” in Malin town, then back on same road towards Culdaff for half mile, turn left then right towards Glengad and onto the WIld Atlantic Way route as you feel the fresh winds of the North Atlantic keeping your body day2_0079cool as the route sweeps along the northern coastline. Eventually the coast opens up to the sea on your right as you make your way towards Banba’a Crown, Irelands most northerly land point, with the sound of the Atlantic waves beating off the rocks being the only intrusion to your thoughts as you witness some of Irelands most fantastic coastal scenery. Next onto a 600ft climb over 2 miles at mile 45 known locally as Knockamanny Bends. The good news is that it will almost be another marathon distance before encountering the next steep climb. Runners will then pass the beautiful beaches at Lag and back to end of stage 2 at Malin again.
Cut-off time 12:30hrs. – Sun 12:30am
Stage 3 – MAMORE Marathon – Malin Town via Mamore to Buncrana.
Turning Right out of the village you’ll embark on the second half of this amazing challenge and make your way through Carndonagh, Ballyliffin and Clonmany on a relatively flat route for next 17 mile then all the hills are packed into one heap day-3_0081as you Mamore Gap, 2 small words for 1 large climb.
Mamore climb is 880 ft climb over 1.2mile, rising like an elevator on the first and last increments. Only a handful of runners have manage to resemble anything like running this section, the remainder resorted to walking, crawling or whatever it took to get to the top. After taking in the panoramic views all around you, (dawn permitting) there is a short sharp steep decline and another 0.5mile elevated run before getting back to more normal landscape and eventually arriving at Sea level at Neds Points and a 1k shore path run will see the finish of stage 3.
Cut-off Time 20:00hrs – Sun 8:00am
Stage 4 – MUFF Marathon. Buncrana via Burnfoot, Muff & Redcastle
day4_0243Leaving Buncrana the course takes in a 7 mile flat stretch along the East bank of Lough Swilly then turning left gto Muff and the Half Marathon start. The last 14 mile is virtually downhill & flat with only 2 very short climbs on course and a tranquil run from Muff with Lough Foyle on your right hand side for the last 9 mile through Quigleys Point and onto the “thought you’d never see” Finish line at Moville.