Hardman Half – Waterville
1.9k Swim – 90k Cycle – 21k Run – July 13, 2019
The swim will begin at the slipway in front of the village, it will be a one lap triangular course.
The cycle takes place on a very challenging route, leaving Waterville over the climb of Coomaciste, into Sneem and heads towards Molls Gap. At Blackwater turn left over the climb of Ballaghbeama, following a very fast decent you will then go over the climb of Ballaghisheen. Following another very steep decent, the road is mainly flat through Drommid and back to Waterville.
After the challenging cycle, the run is a very flat four lap out and back route along the promenade. The finish line is in the green area in the middle of the village.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the start time?
When/where is sign-on?
The marquee adjacent to the IRD building on the seafront. Friday from 7-9pm, Saturday from 6.30-8am
Is there a bag drop?
You may leave any bags you need afterwards in the registration tent.
When is the race briefing?
8.30am in the transition/finish area. This is located in the IRD carpark OPPOSITE the Butler Arms Hotel.
What are the cut-off times?
Swim – 10.10
Bike – 14.30
Run – 17.30
Where does the race start?
From the slipway in front of the transition area.
Where does the race finish?
In the village green beside transition.
When/where is the prize giving?
6pm in O’Dwyers the Village pub, across the road from the finish line.
Do I need a TI license?
No. We now carry our own event insurance so a TI license is not a requirement.
What time does transition open?
Any points of note?
As you are all aware there are two very steep climbs on the cycle route. This also means very steep, fast descents. We will have stewards here to remind you to take care but it is your responsibility to take care and ensure you don’t descend too fast. Many of you have already cycled the route and will know what I mean but please take this as a warning to beware.
Where are the water stops?
On the cycle there will be a stop after 46kms. This will be after the descent of Ballaghbeama and just before the ascent of Ballaghisheen. At this stop there will be water in large containers and some gels from SIS. The water will be in large containers so you will have to stop and fill up your bottles here.
On the run there will be a stop at the beginning and end of each lap and also at the turnaround point, i.e. every 2.5kms. At the turnaround point there will be just water while at the lap end there will be water, gels, bars (SIS), bananas and flat coke.
How will we follow the cycle route?
The cycle route is one circuit through the south Kerry mountains. Other than exit and entrance to the transition area you will keep left at junctions. We will have stewards on any areas of doubt and will also have red arrows on a white background pointing you in the right direction. Please read the attached route description and look at the mapmyride map on the site. Remember that the roads are open and that it is your own responsibility to know the route.
Where are the toilets?
On the cycle there are public toilets in Sneem, approximately 32kms in. On the run there are the toilets next to transition which you can use at the start/finish of each lap.
What happens at the finish line?
There is an athlete’s area where you can chill and relax. There will be tea, coffee, water, bananas, brack, sandwiches and chocolate here.