Annalong Horseshoe

Race Information

NIMRA Championship – Long distance race

  • NEXT DATE: Saturday 18th May 2024
    • ENTRIES OPEN: 3 weeks before

Registration: 9.45 – 10.30 am 
Race Start: 11 am
Race Director: Trevor Wilson

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

RESULTS – Provisional results will be streamed live 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.

The race venue and route will be the same as used in 2021. The race will start at the top of the Carricklittle track, inside the gate and will visit Chimney Rock, Donard, 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.

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 or to be adequately equipped. The minimum entry age is 18 on the day.

Runners are not permitted to run on top of the Mourne Wall.

The mandatory checkpoints will be as follows:

Start341230 inside gate at top of track
CP1364257 Chimney Rock summit cairn
CP2358277 Slieve Donard summit, inside wall corner
CP3349279 Saddle Donard-Commedagh CUT-OFF 13:45
CP4346286 Slieve Commedagh summit cairn
CP5336271 Cove summit cairn
CP6328261 Slieve Lamagan summit cairn
CP7319246 Slieve Binnian north tor, west side
FINISH346226 entrance gate to race venue

There will be a cut off time at the marshaled checkpoint at the Donard-Commedagh saddle, time advised as 13:45. 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 2:00pm. Any runners arriving at the Donard/Commedagh col after this time must return directly to the race venue via the safest route and MUST NOT continue along the race route. If possible, they should also advise the Race Organiser of their retirement, location and return route via the contact number below.

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

Timing will be SI Cards (aka dibbers) and Control Boxes. Any runners losing their SI Card will be charged a £30 replacement fee. (see here for an outline of the SPORTident timing system)

Entry fees will be £10 for Affiliated, £12 for unaffiliated. Over 65’s will have free entry. Registration will be pre-entry only, no registration will be available on the day. Race entries will open on Sunday 1st May and close on Wednesday 18th May or sooner, if entries are full.
(Entry links at the top of the page)

Race numbers will be restricted to 150 people.

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. 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.

Toilets are available at the race venue.

Registration will open at 9:45 and close sharp at 10:30 am. Competitors who have 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 here 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 (foil) 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 advised to arrive at race registration prepared for all eventualities. A rigorous kit check will be undertaken of each competitor’s safety kit prior to the start. Any competitor not complying with the minimum safety kit will not be permitted to start the race.

Weather conditions in mountain areas can be very unpredictable and swing between extremes. Runners should be familiar with the dangers and signs of hypothermia and hyperthermia and what action to take. Please read these leaflets on the FRA website – Hyperthermia Hypothermia – and be prepared.

Once competitors have punched the finish control, please proceed promptly to the download desk to record your time and return your SI Card. 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 and any person detected doing so 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. Results – will be streamed live to

All inquiries should be emailed to

Race Emergency Contact number: 07845 659503