How could you not get excited?

The clocks go forward this weekend. The days are getting longer. Summer is right around the corner. And, more importantly, it’s a sure sign that the mountain racing season is just about to start!

How could you not get excited by it all when you see what’s lying in store.

There’s the mountains…

Summer Leinster League race up Brockagh.
Summer Leinster League race up Brockagh with Tonlagee in sight.

And the running…

 

Roisin McDonnell on her way to win the 2008 Wicklow Way Ultra streaking past Djouce.
Roisin McDonnell on her way to win the 2008 Wicklow Way Ultra streaking past Djouce.

And the racing… 

University Mountain Running Championships in Crone Woods.
University Mountain Running Championships in Crone Woods.

And of course, the mountain running characters…

My old mate Brendan Doherty.
My old mate Brendan Doherty.

All just waiting to come on over that hill… 

Three lone runners battle it out with the sun setting over the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland.
Three lone runners battle it out with the sun setting over the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland.

And as ever, all photos are thanks to the formidable courtesy of John Shiels…

John Shiels all ready for some mountain running action off Sugarloaf.
John Shiels all ready for some mountain running action off Sugarloaf.

Full details of all of Ireland’s mountain races down South and up North are on the IMRA and NIMRA websites.

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