Day 3 - Derrycluvane

Shamrock O-Ringen Chasing Start
Monday 1st June

Planner: Brian Corbett
Controller: Fachtna Healy
Organiser: Mary Curran

Start times: Day 3 Start List

Directions & Parking

Derrycluvane is reached by the south side of the Sheep’s Head peninsula. This means taking the road to Durrus south of Bantry. The road is narrow and care should be taken. The event will be signposted from Ahakista where a right and immediate left turn is taken. The journey to the parking field is ~5km (same parking location as for Shamrock 2011 Day 2) and the road is barely wide enough for two cars. It concludes with a single track laneway. Please be courteous to other road users. We recommend that you arrive between 8.30am and 9.30am on the Monday. Allow 45 minutes for the journey time from Glengarriff. Arundels pub in Ahakista do meals and is a nice place to relax when you are finished your run.  [Irish Grid Reference: V867 399, 51.600N, 9.634W.]



The map covers terrain used in 2007 and 2011 Shamrock events and has been updated in 2015. The terrain is open mountainside and exposed to all wind directions. The ground has many contour features with marshes and crags. There is a significant amount of bare rock which has been mapped with 50% grey shading. The character of the ground changes across the map with the going being slower on the northern face of the hill. A unique feature is the many small ruined rectangular shaped enclosures (2m x 1m) which face west. The marshes present the slowest going. There are some small tracks which are part of the ‘Sheeps head way’. These are only marked where they are of some significance. The way posts for the tracks have not been included on the map as there is a large number and being of small significance. Weather on the day will dictate much: Rain will be unpleasant, sun – despite medium temperatures - may be overpowering while fog will present additional technical challenge.


Starts and Finish

The start and finish are located ~400m from the parking field with 75m climb and should be easily visible (weather permitting). There is one gate to pass through – please keep closed. Bring appropriate clothes/water/food as your require but please bring everything with you when you leave. We are very grateful to the landowners for their permissions on this occasion and we would like to keep the goodwill.


Start times

Click here for full details of this year's Chasing Start format.

Lists of Start times will be available at the event centre on Sunday evening, or online here.

Day 3 will use a Chasing Start, based on competitors' performances on Days 1 and 2.

The first Chasing Start will be at 10am for course winners.

However, Class Leaders who are considerably behind Course Leaders may be indexed to a time other than 10am. Therefore, it is very important that you check your Day 3 start time on the Sunday evening, as you may be starting earlier than you think.

The chasing start will be for 45-60 mins and thereafter at minute intervals. Most, if not all competitors, should have started by 11.30.


A 5-minute call-up will be in operation.  

Because it's a Chasing Start, i.e. timed start, there will not be an SI Start Punch on Day 3.

It is critical that you clear your SI card before you start. It is the competitor's responsibility to make sure this is done.


Course Closing times

All courses will close at 13.30 (1.30pm).


Assembly Area / Information

An information desk will be located in the assembly area, for the payment or rebate of monies, SI card hire and return. Printed results will be displayed in the Assembly Area.

If you have hired an SI card, please return it after you have downloaded on Day 3.



After finishing, you must download your card at the SI Download station before going back to your car/changing. There will be a single download point located on the way back to the assembly area.

All non-finishers must report back to the finish & SI download station.

If you have hired an SI card, please return it after you have downloaded on Day 3.


Safety Information

Cagoules / Whistles may be compulsory depending on the weather. Full leg cover is obligatory.

Absolutely no dogs will be allowed on the terrain.


Portaloo toilets will be situated in the assembly area.

Control Descriptions

Loose control descriptions will be available in the Start lane.

Course Classes  Length Climb
Map Scale
(5m contour interval)
1 M21E
7.9km 300m 1:10000
2 M35, M40L 5.8km 225m 1:10000
3 M18, M45, M50, W21E 5.2km 220m 1:10000
4 M21S, M55L, M60, W18, W21L 4.7km 200m 1:10000
5 M55S, W45, W50, W55L 4.2km 180m 1:10000
6 M16, M65, W21S, W40S 3.5km 130m 1:10000
7 M70, W16, W55S, W60, W65 3.3km 130m 1:10000
8 M75, W70 2.5km 125m 1:7500
9 M14, W14 2.4km 75m 1:10000
10 M10, M12, W10, W12 1.3km 50m  1:7500

Local Activities
Arundels pub in Ahakista do meals and is a nice place to relax when you are finished your run.  Also, nearby is the Heron's Gallery which has a very good wholefoods/vegetarian cafe.  Take time out to visit the nearby Air India Memorial site and visit Kilcrohane where there are always nice snacks available at The Old Creamery Cafe.


The winners of the Shamrock in each class will be determined by the first person to cross the Finish line at the Chasing Start event.

The Shamrock 2015 Prize-giving ceremony will take place in the Assembly Area at 1.30pm or earlier if possible.  Please stay around and collect your prize if you think you are eligible for one.

Bank Holiday Monday

Note for international competitors: Monday June 1st is a Bank Holiday in Ireland. As well as banks, many shops, pharmacies etc. will be closed. Petrol filling stations usually remain open.