British Championship 2023: The Mourne Marauder
The Mourne Marauder
This year Northern Ireland Mountain Running Association British Championship race will start in Donard Park, Newcastle Co. Down on the 25th March 2023. It will visit Slieve Donard Summit, Chimney Rock Mountain Summit and Slieve Commedagh Summit before returning to base in Donard Park, at approx. 16k with at least 1200M of climbing.
The race is being run in memory of the airmen who lost their lives in WW2 plane crashes around the race route.
(1) On the lower slopes of Slieve Donard. A Wellington Bomber. (6 killed)
(2) On the summit of Chimney Rock Mountain. A (B26) Marauder. (5 killed)
(3) On Slieve Commedagh, near the castles. De Havilland Mosquito. (2 killed)
(4) On Slieve Commedagh 150 feet from the summit. A Wellington Bomber (3 killed).
So when on the course spare a thought for the airmen who lost their lives some 80 years ago in the run up to the D. Day landings.
Further details to follow in the new year
British Fell Championship Series 2023
25 March: Mourne Marauder, Northern Ireland (Medium)
1 July: Meall an t-Suidhe, Scotland (Short)
5 August: Maesgwm Detour, Wales (Medium)
20 August: Sedbergh Hills, England (Long)