Locals take part in the North Face UTMB events

by Ryan Maxwell Over the last few days (Wednesday 27th August to Sunday 31st August 2014), a number of Northern Ireland runners have taken part in events at the notoriously difficult Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc festival in Chamonix, France. The action commenced on Wednesday (28th August 2013) when Dominic McInerney (Unattached), William Marks (Mourne Runners) and Brian Linton (BARF) completed the TDS (Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie), an 119km race with 7,250m of ascending. Dominic completed Read more [...]

Bearnagh Race 2014 Report

The Mourne Runners hosted the Bearnagh race on Saturday August 23rd. This classic race takes on the unholy trinity of hills: Meelbeg, Bearnagh, Meelmore. In the short distance of four miles runners encounter every conceivable mountain terrain from grassy peaty climbs and descents to technical rocky paths and steep vertigo inducing boulder strewn descents. On the start line you always think to yourself, today, we’ll just take it easy up Meelbeg. No need to go into the red on that long ascent. Read more [...]

Team NI 8th Place at Pike’s Peak

Congratulations to the NI men who finished 8th team in the World Mountain Running Long Distance event, held on Pike’s Peak, yesterday. It was the first time running on the peak for any of the men; if you read the race description I am sure you will agree it must have been a baptism at altitude. Ian Bailey was the first man home in 81st (2.56.55) followed by Justin Maxwell in 108th (3:04:04) and Chris Stirling in 185th (3.20.20). Also running, but not in the team points was local man Peter Read more [...]

Leave No Trace

Today the NIMRA press department found a disposable BBQ abandoned at the side of the Bann Road with a bunch of food containers ‘cleverly’ hidden under a rock beside it. Needless to say, being good citizens we carried it back down the road and disposed of it appropriately. I would imagine that most NIMRA readers do not have to be told twice to leave no trace, but it is a real bug bear of mine so I wish to raise the topic here. When out and about always bring everything you brought with you Read more [...]

Junior Selection for Home International in Glendalough Sept 20th

For the following events, inform Mike Barton or Declan Magee if you are interested in being considered. Not all eligible places will necessarily be filled. Event: 20th September, Junior Home International, Glendalough, Ireland Teams: Home Countries U20 Born in 1995, 1996 & 1997, age on 31st Dec 2014 U17 Born in 1998 & 1999, age on 31st Dec 2014 Selection will be based on performance up to 24th August. Event Read more [...]

Wet and Windy Sevens Sevens, 2014

The real stars of this year’s event were the marshals who had to endure a torrid time of it to ensure that both the runners and walkers progress was recorded accurately. They were lashed by heavy continuous rain for most of the day and a vicious wind which made life very difficult. From the forecast we knew about the rain but such a strong wind was not expected. I think we were victims of quite a complicated weather system which was difficult to forecast accurately. Sixty Nine runners lines up Read more [...]

World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge 2014, Pikes Peak, Colorado

by Chris Stirling “There’s a reason trees don’t bother growing above 12000ft on Pikes Peak. They can’t!” On the 16th Aug at 7.30am a team of four men will be representing NIMRA and Northern Ireland at this prestigious event. The team is Justin Maxwell (Team Captain), Ian Bailey, Peter Bell and Chris Stirling. What awaits them is a 13.2 miles of uphill running with 2382m (7815ft) of ascent. The sting in the tail is that the race finishes at 4302m (14115ft) above sea level. At Read more [...]

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 [...]