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Paul Heff
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PostSubject: Liffey Descent Participants Guide   Tue 05 Jul 2016, 11:17 pm

Phoenix Liffey Descent paddlers, here is your guide to my favourite race. If you have any other words of wisdom, please let me know Very Happy 

2017 Liffey Descent Online Entry Page

Click here for Fergus McCarthy's excellent video of LD

Great video of weir shoots by Darragh Burke

Click here for official video of LD 2011

Click here for official video of LD 2012

Liffey Descent Guide:

Liffey Descent Weir Guide. Print, laminate, and duct tape it to your kayak.

Click for Paul Heff's Liffey Descent race guide with features (Click the blue dots for info).

Click for Canoeing Ireland's official race course guide

LiffeyDescent Competitors Welcome Information Pack. The link is for the 2015 one for reference. You will be emailed this years info pack before the race, read and note the necessary phone numbers and protocols.

Race Headquarters; registration, pre & post-race camping, post-race party is all based at the race finish, The Garda Rowing Club (see my guide above for location GPS Co-ords - 53.346177,-6.321967).

Food is normally available at the Garda Rowing Club on Friday evening, e.g. pasta bolognese, has been free to date, and also Liffey Descent hoodies, jackets etc for sale.

Before the Race - What to Expect:

Your Race Pack (bib, race number stickers, food ticket etc.) can be collected from the Garda Rowing Club on Friday evening or @ the Start on Sat morning. Check the race numbers/bib are correct as per your name on the list! If possible, get someone to collect your pack on Friday if you can't do so yourself as race morning is hectic before the start.

Attach your race numbers to the left of your (dry!) boat b4 the race. Your race pack will include a voucher for food at the finish, either make sure it is in your car at the finish or place in a ziploc bag and stuff it in your pocket.

Race HQ car-park is not large and will be mad busy on the morn, give yourself plenty of time during the shuttle, it's 45 minutes each way.....

Once shuttles are done, there is a lot of waiting around at the start. Bring your own pre-race food/drink with you, there's usually freebies of sports drinks, bars etc. but there is no shop at the start.

There will be long for the portaloo's, consider carrying baby-wipes and anti-bacterial gel in a ziploc bag.

When the race is called (approx 1 hour before) you will have a 1 km paddle upstream against the flood to get to the start. That'll warm you up, but have a good stretch beforehand as you'll be in the boat a long time. Note: there is no place to get off at the waiting area.

Clothing: Unless it is freezing on the day, a short sleeve rash-vest and neoprene shorts/trousers is generally enough, you'll be amazed how hot you'll get. This obviously depends on whether you're racing or not, I carry a basic cag just in case.

The starter call's each class in turn K2, K1, Racing Kayaks, General Purpose (GP's), and then Canadian Canoes. GP's will have 100's of people so give your self space and don't be afraid to charge to the top at the start, it is a race after all. If you're being blocked by someone slower at any stage (especially in the jungle) shout "RACER COMING THROUGH" and paddle through, nicely though, you may need them for rescue later  Shocked  

Celbridge Lake is a long plod, be careful not to enter the mudflats on the right, if everyone seems to be taking the long curving route by the left bank there's a reason for it! The portage at the end of the lake will take about 10 minutes mostly on tarmac, then down a grassy/muddy path to the river. Eat your Mars bar while waiting to get-on as you may have to wait.

At the end, get out and allow yourself a well deserved pat on the back. There is normally drinks, chocolate etc. being given out to the competitors. Showers are available in the rowing club and you'll find food available in the marquee, don't forget that voucher and be aware that queues build really fast after the race.

Logistics for the race:

If travelling Saturday morning, it is a straight forward journey but you should aim to be there 3 hours before the start if you're going to shuttle. Yes, really!! There are 800+ paddlers and traffic movement is very slow with boats being dropped off.

Cork Northbound to Straffan boat drop-off. (Turn off at Junction-7 M7 Northbound (53.252043,-6.580598) and follow National Road to Straffan (53.304268,-6.617076)

The shuttle to the finish and back will take at least 90 mins so give yourself plenty time. There is a bus back from the car park which leaves early, ( for times & bookings) - seats are limited so organise shuttles well in advance of the day.

Directions from Straffan get-on (53.304268,-6.617076) to Garda Rowing Club Finish (53.346177,-6.321967)

Use the above co-ordinates to return to Straffan, and maybe have your snack/breakfast whilst waiting for the start.

Best of luck, it won't be long coming..  bounce  bounce  bounce

Paul Heff

There are no limits, think like a balloon and reach for the stars  Very Happy

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