Date: Saturday 4th August
Start time: 10am
Race Director: Jim Brown
Distance 18 miles (29km)
Ascent/Descent 8,100 feet (2,495m)
A new event centre will be used this year and it is Shimna College (grid ref; 374 302) which is on the Kings Road, off the coastal road, south of Newcastle. There is parking but we advise car sharing if possible. There will be hot showers and food following the race.
Pre-entry for the race is £10.00 (£11.00 if not a member of a registered running club) and £15.00 (£16.00 if not registered) on the day.
Slieve Donard 850m
Slieve Commedagh 765m
Slieve Lamagan 704m
Slieve Binnian 747m
Slieve Meelbeg 708m
Slieve Meelmore 704m
Slieve Bearnagh 727m
This race alternates in direction, with the 2018 edition in the clockwise direction. The race takes in the seven highest summits in the Mourne Mountains: Donard, Commedagh, Lamagan, Binnian, Meelbeg, Meelmore and Bearnagh. Additionally, the following marshalled positions must be included; Donard/Commedagh col, Lamagan/Binnian col, Ben Crom dam, Meel Beg/Meel More col and Hare’s Gap. Each runner will be issued with numbered plastic tabs which must be handed in at the marshalled positions. Additionally, a dibber will be used to record times at the summits.
All runners must carry a minimum of a whistle, compass, map of the course, emergency rations, waterproofed taped jacket with hood, waterproof trousers, gloves, hat, and a space blanket. Please be aware that for long sections of the course there is no water so plan accordingly. There will be a kit check before the race starts and at the finish if necessary.
This is a hill race for mountain runners and cut off times will reflect this. Do not enter this event if you are a walker thinking that it will be a substitute for the cancelled Mourne Seven Sevens challenge walk.