Snowden Race Report 2014

by Allan Bogle On the lead up to this year’s Snowdon Race the forecast did not look good. After a week of hot weather, thunder storms were forecasted for across the UK. On the ferry to Holyhead the NI team’s conversation was dominated with discussions of what footwear to use! Salomons, inov8s, road flats… On Saturday the team woke up to a dull and damp Llanberis. Although it was raining there was no sign of storms…yet! As the day progressed the rain became heavier and the organiser Read more [...]

Mountain runners complete gruelling Mourne 500 Challenge

by Ryan Maxwell from NIRunning The Bank Holiday weekend saw six well respected mountain runners from Northern Ireland complete the Mourne 500 Challenge, a gruelling run that requires participants to reach the summit of every peak in the Mourne Mountains which measures over 500 metres in height. On Saturday 12th July 2014, a four strong grouping of Dale Mathers (Newry City Runners), Stephen Wallace (Unattached), Dominic McInerney (Unattached) and William Marks (Mourne Runners) braved tough Read more [...]

NIMRA Championship 2014: Seven Sevens – Race Details

by Jim Brown The Seven Sevens is race 7 in this year’s NIMRA Championship. The race will be in the clockwise direction this year, that is – Donard and Commedagh first, followed by Lamagan, Binnian, the Ben Crom dam, then the Meels and Bernagh. The start and finish will be at the Pavilion in Donard park and there will be no air show laid on this year! We will be using electronic timing for the race for the first time and hope that this will speed up the results process. Runners will still Read more [...]


The Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon is a racing event that begins at the base of Pikes Peak, in Manitou Springs, Colorado, and climbs over 7,815 feet (2382 m) to the top of the 14,115 foot (4302 m) peak. Since 1966, the event takes place each year in late summer, with the Ascent taking place on Saturday (slightly longer than a half-marathon, at 13.3 miles), and the round-trip marathon on Sunday. Elevation gain (start to summit) is 7,815′ (2,382 meters); the start is at 6,300′ (1,920m) and the summit Read more [...]

Podium4Sport supports Nimra Members

As a Nimra member you are provided with a membership card which entitles you to certain discounts. As you know the Nimra committee is always happy to find additional sponsors. Nimra are now pleased to announce that Podium4Sport will be offering members 15% discount upon production of existing NIMRA membership card, members will receive 15% off displayed price of all retail items. This offer does not include school branded PE clothing. Podium is a 100% locally owned and independent NI company. Read more [...]

Skyrunning World Champs

We came, We ran, We ate pastries A motley crew of runners and spectators from the homeland made the trip over for this years Skyrunning Championships in the mountain paradise of Chamonix. The official itinerary for the weekend saw the expo opening on Thursday, followed by the 80k and VK on Friday, the Cross and 10k on Saturday, finishing with the Marathon on Sunday. Justin Maxwell kicked off the party starting the 80k race with over 1000 other mad it for it runners at 4am on Friday.  The Read more [...]

Snowdon International Teams Announced

NIMRA will be sending two teams over to the Snowdon International Running Race on the 19th July. Mens team is: Alan Bogle – Team Captain Ian Bailey Seamus Lynch Gavin Mulholland 1st Reserve: David Steele Ladies team is: Diane Wilson – Team Captain Catherine O’Connor Hazel McLaughlin With our international teams proving to be as strong as ever we wish everyone the best of luck.

Flagstaff to Carlingford

Jonny Steede of Ballymena Runners gave another convincing performance to win the 35th annual Flagstaff to Carlingford Mountain race last Sunday 22nd June. The race was run on one of the rare sunny days of the last 35 years and the 60 runners who started at Flagstaff all made it to the finish. The race was always between the 7 athletes who reached the Anglesey Mountain checkpoint first led by the eventual winner Jonny Steede of Ballymena Runners followed by long time record holder Deon McNeilly Read more [...]

Orienteering this weekend in Newcastle

There is an exciting weekend of orienteering in Newcastle this weekend! A perfect opportunity to improve your navigational skills! The weekend kicks off on Friday evening with an Urban event around the streets of Newcastle. Registration (£6) in Donard Park from 18:45. All welcome! On Saturday the action moves to Donard Forest- register at Greenhill YMCA (£7) from 12:30. There will be some simple navigation introduction at 13:00 followed by some orienteering. Read more [...]

Bronze Medals for both NIMRA teams at Keswick – Updated

by Anne Sandford Northern Ireland sent a strong Male and Female Team to the above event and it certainly paid off as both teams secured Team Bronze Medals. It was a tough very fast lapped forest trail up and down course in dry hot conditions. The ladies race was 8.7km with 460m of descent/ascent. Newcomer to mountain running Catherine O’Connor thrived on her first experience wearing a Northern Ireland vest coming in first of her team in an impressive 14th position followed by a strong finishing Read more [...]