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Tollymore Trail Marathon Events

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Wrap up your running season with the Tollymore Trail Marathon held within Tollymore Forest Park. Take on the looped ultra marathon, marathon, or half marathon courses, or speed through a trail 10K along a series of stunning forest trails in this outdoor playground.

Review summary

11 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Jonny H
"Participated in the 26Extreme Tollymore Trail 10k event 3 times and on 3rd..."


Brendan M
"I did the 10k. It was a fantastic course - it’s one to do for the joy of..."


Mary S
"Great run with beautiful scenery but fault seems to lie with 'letsdothis' who..."
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How to enter the Tollymore Trail Marathon Events

  1. Ultra Marathon

    Run 40mi
    Event passed
  2. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    Event passed
  3. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    Event passed
  4. 10K

    Run 10km
    Event passed

Tollymore Trail Marathon Events routes

The event will be a looped event with participants completing one loop for a half marathon, two loops for a full marathon and three loops for the ultra marathon (40 miles). The 10K event will encompass part of the route.

The route will showcase the beauty of Tollymore and strengthen the Newcastle/Castlewellan area as a great playground for adventure sports enthusiasts.

The Tollymore Trail Marathon will be a fully waymarked event and will be based solely within the confines of Tollymore Forest Park. The route will follow a series of forest trails throughout the forest whilst all the time taking in the spectacular scenery of this location, however, participants should prepare for a challenge. The route is anything but flat and features a series of thigh-burning climbs along leafy forest trails.

Event Details

  • Professionally organised event by 26 Extreme
  • Public Liability insurance
  • Electronic chip timing system
  • Race number
  • Course marking
  • Manned check points
  • Hydration & feed stations
  • Event-specific buff & finishers medal (ultra finishers receive a complimentary ultra t-shirt)
  • Prizes for each category


All competitors must report to Tollymore Forest Park for registration, kit check, and race briefing. The safety briefings for all competitors will cover safety, the latest weather forecast, logistical considerations and other important information.

Feed Stations:

There will be hydration/feed stations at various locations; these will be approximately every 10K.


08:00: Ultra start

10:00: Marathon start

12:00: Half Marathon start

14:00: 10K start

  • Trail running shoes
  • Hydration pack or water bottle
  • Energy snacks
  • Windproof top
  • Hat/buff
  • Participants must be aware that weather conditions can change and deteriorate rapidly, and should bring appropriate clothing to keep them warm in any adverse weather. Your feet might get wet, so prepare for all eventualities.

Family and friends are more than welcome to come along to this event to show support. Supporters also add an atmosphere and additional energy to the experience for all the other participants and the crew. The best place for your supporters is at various crossing points within Tollymore Forest. From one vantage point, you will be in a position to view competitors two or three times without having to walk any more than 50 meters.

Please note: it's asked that spectators follow the recommendations of the organisers in order to prevent bottle necks and congestion.

Frequently Asked Questions

At what time does the Tollymore Trail Marathon Events start?
The Ultra begins at 8:00, the Marathon at 10:00, Half Marathon at 12:00 and 10K at 14:00.
What do I need to bring to the Tollymore Trail Marathon Events?
You will need to bring trail running shoes, hydration pack or water bottle, energy snacks, windproof top, hat/buff, and any clothing that will be appropriate if the weather becomes adverse.
What is the minimum age for the Tollymore Trail Marathon Events?
Participants must be at least 18 years of age to compete in any of the events.

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Formed in early 2009, 26 Extreme Ltd is set to bring event organisation in Ireland to a new level. Be it a Corporate, Charitable or Sporting Event, we will ensure that no stone is left unturned when organising and managing an event. We offer a wide range of services which can be tailored to the individual needs of each client, to ensure you have an unforgettable event and memories that will last until you return once again.


Tollymore Trail Marathon Events reviews (11)

4.6 out of 5 stars

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  • Atmosphere
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    Mary S

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Great run with beautiful scenery but fault seems to lie with 'letsdothis' who didn't communicate with the organisers leaving me with a random in, no official time yet and no t-shirt which is a little disappointing.
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    Brian BF

    Did the Marathon in 2019

    My first time to run with 26Extreme, I really enjoyed it. Stewards along the route were lovely, and choice of food at the water stations was excellent. I'll definately come back
  • Did the 10K in 2019

    I did the 10k. It was a fantastic course - it’s one to do for the joy of running rather than to chase PBs. It’s a challenging, hilly run but beautiful. Great event. Well organised. Definitely on my ‘must to that one again’ list. Thanks to all involved in making it happen.
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    Fil P

    Did the 10K in 2019

    My first ever trail run - really enjoyed it
    Downside was that they didn’t have my number ready as letsdothis didn’t communicate with the organisers (it’s what we were told anyway) so just got a random bib number - also no message about results or anything ... did enjoy the course though
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    Kate S

    Did the Marathon in 2019

    Very disappointed that having pre registered Let’s do this did not send the information on to 26 extreme so no bib was available when we turned up - also we did not receive the link to the results - so 2 days later I still haven’t seen my official result! It was clearly a mistake to book through letsdothis and I will make sure I never do that again!! Make sure if you plan to register for any events that you do it through SI entries ! Maybe 26Extreme should highlight this too on their website !!
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    Mattie k

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Fantastic race, great trials and a good turnout! It would be nice if the course distance was more accurate. Came up a little short of the 21.1km.
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    Gavin K

    Did the Ultra Marathon in 2019

    I had booked for this event 2 months in advance. On arrival I was told I was not registered as were a few other runners, this was apparently because we use the Let's do this website. On completion of the ULTRA. I did not receive my medal as there were none left for the ULTRA event as they only had 50. I also didnt get a Buff or T-shirt.
    To say I was disappointed is an understatement. Let's do this must try harder to pass information on if they are to be used to book. 26 Extreme did their best to sort this issue quickly and I have been told they will send my medal and hopefully other stuff in the Post. I can only hope that they do asap. 26 Extreme well done for a smooth event. Let's do this must try harder to ensure they check entries.
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    Lou McL

    Did the Ultra Marathon in 2019

    Great trail run! Really enjoyable ultra - great scenery and helpful volunteers all the way through. Definitely recommend this one!
  • Did the 10K in 2018

    Participated in the 26Extreme Tollymore Trail 10k event 3 times and on 3rd attempt managed to come 3rd. All events are very well organised with plenty of sign posting, adequate water stations and post-race refreshments. I'd recommend 26Extreme for anyone wanting to try a running or ultra event. Looking forward to attending again.
  • Did the Ultra Marathon in 2018

    Second year running this Ultra... fantastic event...well organized and great atmosphere..!!
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