Annalong Horseshoe (c)

Annalong Horseshoe (c)

NIMRA Championship – Long distance race

Date: Saturday 21st May 2022
Registration: 9.45 – 10.30 am (face mask required)
Race Start: 11 am
Race Director: Trevor Wilson

Distance: 20k (subject to route choice)
Ascent: 2000m

Online Entry here

This year’s Annalong Horseshoe Fell Race will be based at the Carricklittle track, race registration and parking for the first 50 cars only at the top of the lane Grid Ref 345226.

As the traditional venue at Dunnywater is no longer viable, this will be a new start location and the race route will adhere to the traditional race route as much as possible. The race will start at the top of the Carricklittle track, inside the gate and will visit Chimney, Donard, Donard-Connedagh saddle, Commedagh (summit), Cove, Lamagan, Binnian (north tor) with the finish at the Carricklittle entrance to the race venue. Competitors must visit all of the checkpoints in the correct order, with the route between checkpoints being at the runners’ discretion. While Silent Valley was a superb facility from a race organisers point of view, the race route was compromised so much that it was unrecognisable from the traditional route. This route will be as close as we can achieve to the original route.

This is an arduous mountain race on open mountains and entrants should have the necessary required fitness levels and experience before submitting an entry. In bad weather and/or poor visibility navigation skills and experience is an essential requirement for all entrants. This is not a suitable race for novices or new entrants to the sport of mountain running. The race organisers reserve the right to refuse a starting place to anybody whom they deem to not have the requisite experience and/or fitness. The minimum entry age is 18.

With a new venue, the race route will be altered and the course will be as follows:

Start 341230 inside gate at top of track
Checkpoint 1 364257 Chimney Rock summit cairn
Checkpoint 2 358277 Slieve Donard summit, inside wall corner
Checkpoint 3 349279 Saddle Donard-Commedagh CUT_OFF13:45
Checkpoint 4 346286 Slieve Commedagh summit cairn
Checkpoint 5 336271 Cove summit cairn
Checkpoint 6 328261 Slieve Lamagan summit cairn
Checkpoint 7 319246 Slieve Binnian north tor, west side
FINISH 346226 entrance gate to race venue

The revised course will be approximately 20km in length (subject to route choice) with a height gain of approximately 2000m.

There will be a cut off time of 13:45 at the marshalled checkpoint at the Donard-Commedagh saddle. All runners must report to this checkpoint and ensure that their race number is recorded before continuing on the race route. Any runners arriving at the checkpoint after the cut-off time will be requested by the marshals to proceed to the finish area via the Annalong Valley. Any runners disobeying this instruction and continuing on the race route will be disqualified and barred from entry to future B.A.R.F. organised events. Marshals will remain in position until 2:00 pm.

All runners must report to the race control at the finish area and return their dibbers, whether they have completed the course or not.

Any runners losing their dibber will be charged a £30 replacement fee.

Race headquarters will be at GRID REF 345226

Public toilet facilities are available within the race venue complex.

Entry fees will be £x for Affiliated, £x unaffiliated. Over 65’s will have free entry. Registration will be pre-entry only, no registration will be available on the day. Over 65’s, please pay your fee during the online registration process and this will be refunded on race day by the race organisers. Race entries will open on Friday 18th June and close on Wednesday 30th June or sooner, if the maximum permitted number of entrants has been reached.


Age is determined as the entrant’s age on the day of the race.

There will be no safety pins provided at this event – competitors are advised to have a means of securely fixing their race number to the front of their vest.

There will be an entrance fee of £3 per vehicle for car parking at the event centre, payable in cash on arrival – runners are requested to bring the correct change as this fee is payable to a third party. Car parking will be in the two fields beyond the main car park, entered through the main car park. Parking is available for the first 50 cars only – once full, race competitors will be required to use alternative car parks in the area. All vehicles are parked and left unattended at their owner’s risk.

Registration will open at 9:45 and close sharp at 10:30 am. Competitors who have entered and arrive after 10:30 will not be permitted to start.
Competitors must report to registration wearing a face covering which must also be carried on the course

Competitors are requested to obey social distancing rules and adhere to marshals’ instructions in relation to start procedures.

This race will be run under Athletics NI and FRA rules. The minimum safety kit to be carried will be as described on the FRA website.

‘FRA Mandatory Minimum Kit’ comprises:
waterproof whole body cover (with taped seams and integrated attached hood), hat, gloves, map of the route, compass, whistle, thermal blanket and emergency food.

In addition, all competitors must carry a face covering – a buff is acceptable.

The above is a minimum requirement. Weather conditions or an adverse weather forecast may result in the Race Organiser adding to this list, items such as a head torch, additional thermal layer, space blanket, etc may be added at any time, up to the start of the race. It is the competitor’s responsibility for their own safety and are advised to arrive at race registration prepared for all eventualities. A rigorous kit check will be undertaken of each competitors safety kit prior to the start. Any competitor not complying with the minimum safety kit will not be permitted to start the race.

Starts will be in groups of 15 runners with 30 seconds between each group. Starting groups will be selected by the race organisers after entries have closed. Competitors will be asked to keep in their groups during the start procedure.

There will be no prizes or prize-giving at this event. This will not affect the award of NIMRA championship points, which are awarded by the NIMRA committee.

Once competitors have punched the finish control, please proceed to the download desk at the race venue, download and leave your dibber in the receptacle provided. Then please return to your vehicle and depart. There will be no refreshments served after the race this year and group socialising after the event is discouraged.

This is a non-GPS event. GPS equipment is not permitted to be used during this event for navigation purposes. Any person detected using GPS equipment during the race will be disqualified and barred from entering this event for five years. Such equipment may be used to record a route for subsequent analysis with no penalty.

Suitable maps are the OSNI 1:25,000 Activity Map or Harvey 1:25,000 Mourne Mountains.

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