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 [...]

Current NIMRA Championship Points – Provisional

I have pointed up each of the first eight NIMRA championship races. I have assigned points to anyone who is on the current list of members I was given. If you are a member and not on the point board or you raced and have not been included please get in touch with the exact details of all races in which you participated. You should message me through the Contact Us page or Facebook. NIMRA Members – Championship Provisional Lastly, the points have not been added up yet as I am sure there Read more [...]

Helpers Required for Mountain Marathon.

The Mourne Mountain Marathon always requires quite a few helpers to ensure the success of the event and this year is no exception. If anybody would like to marshal on either the Saturday or Sunday please get in touch. We also need helpers at the start on Saturday morning. Another important task is the retrieval of control box’s and markers and this could be combined with a training run which would take you on a route a bit different to the normal. Sunday afternoon may not be the most favoured time Read more [...]

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 [...]