MMR Donard Wood Trail Race 2019

The Mourne Mountain Rescue Donard Wood Trail Race is back for it’s 2nd edition. This hilly trail race is opportunity to test the legs before the mountain season kicks off in March.

The Mourne Mountain Rescue is a voluntary organisation who are there for all of us. Their mission is to:

Relieve the suffering and distress of persons injured or in danger of injury through accident or natural hazard particularly in the area of the Mourne Mountains but elsewhere if necessary

To educate and inform the public concerning safety and rescue in mountainous and other outdoor environments

NIMRA will be helping to recognise the great work they do by running a race in aid of the team.

Donard Wood Trail Race

Distance: 5 miles
Ascent: 300 metres

The race takes place on Saturday February 16th at 11 am. All proceeds will go the Mourne Mountain Rescue. Registration on is on the day.

The route

Starting in Donard Park runners will follow the Donard Trail out to the climb up the granite steps on the old Bogie Line to the top of Donard Park. From this point, follow the short mountain path over to the view point at Thomas’s quarry. The route now follows the trail along the top of the park over to the race’s high point at the top of Drinnahilly. It’s all downhill from here to Donard Park.

Donard Wood Trail Race route

The following video shows the first half of the race up to the view point. Sorry about the music – blame youtube.

This race is on hard parked forest trails, granite steps and grassy trails.

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