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Discovery Park, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny

9am - Sat 21st September 2019

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Race Information

The Coalface Adventure Race - About the Race

This is a single day Adventure Duathlon. Based in a former coal mine you will be running and cycling up to four sections, combining running trail, forest track, hills and an abandoned open cast mine. The cycle sections are on sealed tarmac roads of varying quality, from primary roads to quiet country lanes. With a choice of two different courses there is one for you to pit yourself against.

We are fortunate to have the picturesque Discovery Park as the central transition point for each section of the race. In this way you will always loop back to facilities and supporters who will get to spur you on throughout the race without them having to leave the comfort of the Park.

The Park has a huge range of activities open for any active family members including a massive Zip-wire, tree-top walks, playground and a woodland Cafe!

Changes for 2018

  • The Start and Finish Area has moved! It will be deep in the Woodland at the Canopy Cafe and Elf Village. It is approx 500m from the Bike racking/transition. This area has Registration, Post Race Food, Massage, Bag Drop, Covered seating, toilets, a hot food Cafe, kids activities (see for details).
  • The 20km Cycle Route has been changed. Still a challenge but turns left at the Park Exit, avoiding the busy centre of Castlecomer Town and uses quieter back roads with two hilly sections (see route description).
  • The 2nd Cycle for The Elite and Sport Race’s is the reverse route of last year (Please note when reviewing route maps).
  • The Finish line is 500metres from Bike transition for The Sport and The Elite Options.
COURSESolo Entry Team Entry  
Sport 56km€65€50 per person (max 4) RACE SIGNUP
Challenge 30km€50€35 per person (max 3) RACE SIGNUP

Unlike other Adventure Races there is NO BOOKING FEE!

What do I get for my money?
•    An exciting, unique, community based event but professionally presented
•    All the Discovery Park Facilities for you and family/Friends as well as discounts for on-the-day Park activities check out
•    Free Secure Parking in the Discovery Park (Normally €4 per car)
•    High quality Technical Running Top
•    A generous Coalface Goody Bag with snacks and drinks
•    A Coalface Finishers Medal uniquely designed by visual artist Mick Minogue (@MickMinogueMadeThis)
•    Hot food and drink to refuel when you cross the line
•    Fully marshalled and signed routes
•    Insurance and Accident/Medical Response Team
•    Sports Massage available

This is a Not for Profit Community Event. The Castlecomer Discovery Park is a registered Charity. Any funds raised by The Coalface go directly back into the development of the Park.




This route has all the thrills and spills of the Expert route and in the same endurance sapping combination.



For those who love the outdoors and have always wanted to test themselves against the natural terrain then this is your opportunity with a medium level of training.

Race Regulations

•    Once entered no refunds, transfers or credit can be offered for cancellations for the events.
•    Mandatory Kit must be worn or carried as appropriate and as specified
•    There are no road closures for the cycling routes competitors must follow the road traffic laws
•    All competitors must follow the prescribed route
•    Obey the Park’s environmental policy. Any competitor found littering by race marshals or fellow competitors can be reported and disqualified
•    Respect the local environment and our neighbours. Please adhere to our leave no trace policy.
•    The Park will be open to the public on the day so respect all those you meet along the route.
•    Assist any persons who are in difficulty and report it to closest race marshall
•    Competitor’s should enter the Race that  suits their level of fitness
•    The Race Director’s decision is final
•    Competitors must be over 18yrs
•    In the event of inclement weather the organisers have the right to alter the route on the day of the event


Reminder that as a Competitor you undertake The Coalface Adventure Race at your own risk.

Please familiarise yourself with the route maps, race briefing document (issued the week before the race to all registered competitors) and the areas on the route where care must be taken. Please observe warning signs, race stewards advice and listen carefully to the race briefing before the race. Each Race will have its own briefing.

*All routes may be subject to change, statutory approval and license agreements.

There are 2 challenging routes:
56km Sport  – 30km Challenge