Turkey Trot

26th December 2021

  • Distance: 7.5km
    Elevation Gain: 400 m
  • Venue: Meelmore Lodge  52 Trassey Road, Bryansford, BT33 0QB
  • Registration: 10:30 – 11:30
  • Start: 12:00
  • Start Format: Waves or rolling punching start (depending ojn Covid regs)
  • Parking Fee: £4 Payable to Meelmore Lodge
  • Entry Fee: ANI/UKA/IMRA – £6,  Other Club or Unattached £7
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Refreshments: The Meelmore cafe will be open for limited business
  • EntriesClick here to enter via SI Entries

*** Covid Restrictions apply – See info on SI Entries ***


The Turkey Trot will return this year after last year’s Covid surge prevented us from putting it on. It will be on its traditional date of the 26th December (a Sunday this year) but the big change will be the starting venue. Meelmore Lodge (grid ref 305 307) will be our base this year as it can provide adequate parking and toilet facilities and also allows us access onto the hills to join up with the traditional Turkey Trot route

As this is a winter race it is essential that all competitors arrive prepared for any eventuality, so make sure you have appropriate clothing plus a good water proof jacket and leggings, hat, gloves, emergency foil blanket or bag, map, compass, whistle and some energy food. If you have them bring some safety pins as well for your race numberWe would also recommend that a Mobile phone is carried with the following number in its memory in case of emergencies, 07802 691540. There will be a full kit check before the race so please come prepared.

The race will start in the field behind Meelmore Lodge and follow the lane way up to the gate in the wall beside the Mourne Way. From here runners will circuit Slieve Meelmore in a clockwise direction, initially working their way towards the Trassey Track to get to the ford (CP1 grid ref 314 296) which will be marshaled. From this point onwards the race is effectively on the original course, climbing to the col between Bernagh and Meelmore, (CP2 grid ref 309 282), then traversing round to the second col between Meelmore and Meelbeg (CP3 grid ref 303 281). This section will be marked with canes and both cols will be marshaled. The fast descent of the Happy valley leads to a marshaled marker close to the style at the bottom of the valley (CP4 grid ref 294 294). The final section follows the Mourne way back to the turn off to the lane leading back to Meelmore Lodge and the finish line. The total distance is 7.5 km with 400m of climbing which is a kilometer shorter and 60m less climbing than the original course, so new records beckon. N.B. The fields and road to the north of the boundary wall are out-of-bounds.

Hypothermia – Although this is a short race, the winter conditions do increase the risk of hypothermia. Please familiarise yourself with the symptoms and remedies by reading this great poster from the FRA – click here.