NIMRA Dinner and Prize Giving 2014

The NIMRA prize giving will take place on November 22nd in O’Hares. There will be a buffet dinner. It will be free for all NIMRA members, there will be a small charge for guests. There will also be a ballot. Further details will be posted shortly.

Bashir Hussain Running Weekend

NI Orienteering have invited top mountain running coach (and former champion mountain runner) Bashir Hussain across to host a running weekend in the Mournes over the weekend of 13th-14th Dec. The weekend will be made up of both physical training sessions and indoor theory sessions and is open to anyone 18years + (under 18s can come if they are accompanied by an adult- min age 16). This weekend is suitable for both athletes and those interested in coaching. Provisional Plan The weekend will Read more [...]

Brennan & Alexander take Slieve Gallion Victory

With September being the driest in a long time, it was only right that the rain should come on the 3rd of October, the day before the race. However when marking out the course, the ground was very firm and only the boggiest spots remained wet. Increased activity in the forest has lead to some path improvements on the way up to the poles and only short sections of the rough zig-zag path remain narrow. Race day turned out to be another glorious morning in the Sperrins. In the men’s race it was Read more [...]

Runner Profile: Iain Whiteside

by Ryan Maxwell from nirunning After growing up in Northern Ireland, Iain Whiteside moved to Scotland to complete his studies. Nearly 10 years later, the Northern Ireland international mountain runner is well settled in Edinburgh, so much so that his mum claims that he has lost his Northern Irish accent, something that Iain enjoys trying to ‘bring back’ when meeting up with his NI team mates. He (Iain), who works as a Researcher for Newcastle University, tries to get into the hills as Read more [...]

Mourne Skyline Mountain Trail Race 18th October 2014

by Anne Sandford NI Running are well on their way to organising this event but would like to give NIMRA members an opportunity to help out at this prestigious event. Any additional help would be gratefully received and if you would like to get in touch with Ryan Maxwell by emailing He will give you options of stations to help out at. This event is expected to be one of the highlights of the year for mountain running in Northern Ireland and a chance for you to Read more [...]

2014 British and Irish Junior Home Internationals at Glendalough Co. Wicklow

The 2014 British and Irish Junior Home Internationals are taking place this Saturday 20th September in Glendalough Co. Wicklow on the Camaderry Course which was also used for this event in 2009.The course is mainly forest tracks with a small bit of open mountain along grassy paths. It is an extremely runnable course with fast times expected. Along with the hosts Ireland there will also be representatives and teams from England, Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland A 10 strong contingent of athletes Read more [...]

The Fallows 2014 – Race Report

In previous years the Mourne Runners have been responsible for running the Fallows race; but this year the baton was passed to long running mountain man, Dale Mathers and the Newry City Runners. In the days leading up to the race there was a little uncertainty surrounding the event as due to circumstances beyond the control of the race director the crux climb from Balleymond Wood to the top of Slieve Martin was to be out of bounds. This left Dale with some head scratching and a bit of route reccing Read more [...]

World Master Mountain Running Championship 6 Sept 2014

by Anne Sandford A squad of 10 athletes from Northern Ireland made the journey to Austria, Telfes to complete in the Masters. The location was fabulous with scenic and fabulous mountain views throughout the race which comprised of mainly forest trails and switchbacks with a sting in the tail extremely steep bridge at the finish. First out was Paul Burns(East Down AC) who decided it would be a good venue to celebrate his 40th birthday with his wife and fit the race in and around his holiday! Read more [...]

The Fallows – New Route

Due to circumstances beyond the control of the race director The Fallows race will be on a slightly different route to the one advertised. I have been given some brief details. The start will follow a path between the trees (not the Hill and Dales route) taking you up to run along the fence to the top of Slieve Martin (ala Hill and Dales). Once on Slieve Martin you will continue down the other side over to the small hill top of Crenville. From here a firebreak leads you down to the main forest Read more [...]