BARF ladies in The Alps

Well done to Taryn McCoy and Joanne Curran who are currently taking on some spectacular climbs in the Chamonix Mont Blanc region of the Alps as part of the Mountaineering Ireland Summer Alpine Meet . Well done folks Arf ! Arf !

Mourne Mountain Marathon Entries

Time to get your entries in for the 40th anniversary of the Mourne Mountain Marathon, Ireland’s only two day endurance and navigation event – 21st & 22nd Sept 2019 🏕👟🥾
It’s a competitive event for teams of two, who can enter one of four categories, covering between 35km and 55km over two days. There is also a one day score category.
At the start of each day teams are presented with a route card listing a number of control markers which are identified by 6-figure map references. They must visit each control in the prescribed order but may choose their own route between each marker. A feature of the event is the overnight camp at which all teams must be self-sufficient with everything being carried throughout the two days of competition. Walkers to elite runners.
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Peter tames The Tucker Trail !

Peter Thompson travelled south this weekend to take on the tough Glendalough Tucker Trail , an 80 k trail race with over 2000 metres elevation . He stormed home in under 8 hours 30 mins to take an impressive 4th place overall . Superb running from Peter in one of his first ultra outings .

One to watch on the ultra scene for sure in the future ! Arf ! Arf !

Mourne Seven Sevens 2019

This year’s Mourne Sevens Seven’s Race on the 10th August will start from its traditional start at the Pavilion in Donard Park as Shimna College is unavailable. The race will be held in conjunction with the annual challenge walk and will be in an anticlockwise direction, which is Slieve Donard and Commedagh first followed by Bernagh, the Meels, Bencrom Dam, Binnian, Lamagan then back to the finish line in Donard Park. Marshals will be at the cols between Donard / Commedagh, Hares gap, Meelmore/ MeelBeg, The Dam and Binnian/Lamagan which you check into after completing Binnian.

It will be an entry on the day race costing £10.00 for registered runners (£11.00 unregistered) and entry’s will be taken from 8.00am until 9.40am. The race will start at 10.00 promptly. Please do not enter the race if you are a walker who has failed to get an entry for the walk, as there are cut off times which you will fail to make unless you are running. The main cut off time is 14.30 at the Ben Crom Dam which is half way round the route. I have decided to have a second cut off time of 12.00 at the col between Slieve Donard and Slieve Commedagh, as anybody going at that pace is unlikely to make the Dam cut off time.

When you enter the race you will be issued with a set of green plastic tabs and an electronic Si dibber. Insert the dipper into the control boxes on the Summits and at the Dam to record your times. Hand a green tab to each group of marshals you pass and this way we know exactly where you have been. At the finish hand in the dipper and your last remaining plastic tab which will be a small white one.

This is the longest toughest race on the NIMRA calendar so come prepared for any eventuality. Full waterproof kit, gloves and hat must be carried together with map, compass, whistle and food. We would recommend that a space blanket or better still the bag version is carried as it could save your life if you go down injured in bad weather conditions – yes we have previously dealt with hypothermia cases during this event in beautiful summery August….. So as I said before, be ready for any eventuality.  If the weather forecast is for hot conditions, remember that water is in short supply for long sections of the route so plan accordingly. If you are carrying a phone the emergency event number is 07802 691540.

All the best with your preparations and if you are not running but are available to help out please get in touch as it is always a challenge getting enough helpers to ensure the success of the event.

Jim Brown.

Energia 24 …The final frontier!

Victoria Park Belfast was the setting once again for last ever Energia24 race last Saturday. A lap around the park of just over a mile for as many times as your feet ,head and stomach will let you run. Three BARF runners would take on this challenge on what was a very warm weekend making for even more of a challenge .

Phil Ward (above) was back again looking to improve on his last go at this event . He had a strong 24 hours of running and duct taping his chafing areas to complete 77 miles which is 5 miles more than his last effort so he went home very happy and tired but didn’t stop him going for a dip in the sea the next day .

Glen Blake was competing in his first Energia24 and had a very strong race despite a lot of niggling injuries in the build up . Glen hit his goal of 100 miles finishing with 100.62 in total and again went home satisfied but vowing to get back to the mountains now .

Susan Mc Cartney is no stranger to this type of event and has all the experience and knowledge to manage these races . Susan completed 104.73 miles once again breaking the 100 mile barrier in 24 hours .

Impressive efforts from our purple heroes and a well earned rest for sure . Arf ! Arf!

Hill and Dale finale !

Last a Friday saw the end of the Hill and Dale series with the short and fast Drinahilly race followed by the series prize giving . On the night Colin Pascoe had a very strong run finishing 5th overall and first in his category. There was also category wins for Jim Brown and Stephanie Pruzina continuing strong form in the series for the club . Rónán Kernan-Davison,Andy Bridge , Gary Longridge, Clarke Campbell and Stephen Waterworth had strong runs on the night . Another good turnout for the club so well done all.

Final Series Results –

After the race the final results and prizes were presented with some notable performances from club members throughout the categories.

Stephanie Pruzina was second overall in her category as was Colin Pascoe and Jim Brown making podiums for the club . Rónán Davison-Kernan finished in a strong 11th on the overall standings showing very consistently strong racing throughout and Declan Mc Grellis was 4th in his category also . Well done to all on super turnouts throughout the series and congratulations on strong running each week ! Onwards and upwards Arf ! Arf !

Flagstaff to Carlingford NIMRA race /Lisburn Half Marathon

Recently four BARF mountain runners headed to the picturesque Carlingford area for the latest NIMRA race in the championship. Always a great race with navigation and area knowledge proving beneficial. Rónán Kernan-Davison was home in a great 15th overall followed by Jim Brown ,Matt Crawford and Richard Gamble .

Lisburn Half Marathon saw a couple of BARFERS take to the tarmac to try their hand at that old road racing lark. Declan McGrellis (Above pic )bagged himself a new pb in 1.30.21 and Gerry Kingston 1.39.08 , very strong running by both indeed . Well done everyone Arf! Arf !

……photo by Paul Fegan

Hill and Dale Meels race 9

As the Hill and Dale series draws close to the end it hasn’t deterred our hardy runners from turning out in great force . 13 mountain goats took to the start line this week for the ever popular Meels race which saw over two hundred descend on the Mournes for a Thursday night blowout.

Rónán Davison-Kernan,now sporting a BARF vest was first home for the club in 15 th place overall in 34.55 followed by Declan McGrellis 35.58, Jim Brown 36.21 which saw him take an age category win . Alan Ritchie was next in 39.39, Stephanie Pruzina 40.50, Trevor Wilson 44.44 closely edged Mark Pruzina who was 4 secs later in 44.48 , Andy Bridge 45.33, Gary Longridge 49.09, Clarke Campbell 50.16 ,Philip Ward 55.03, Ian McCullough 56.22 and Stephen Waterworth 59.40. Brilliant effort by everyone once again and super turnout folks. Arf! Arf!

26 Extreme Mourne Way 2019

Rostrevor and Newcastle were the startlines for our runners taking part in the 2019 Mourne Way races by 26 Extreme. Conditions on low lying trails were expected to be a little muddy due to monsoon season in Northern Ireland but it wouldn’t be enough to put off the BARF crew who are well used to harsh conditions and hills .

A very early start for Philip Ward in the Ultra which saw him make his way from Rostrevor to Newcastle then back again along the same route , a tough course but definitely an enjoyable one. Philip completed the 52 mile trail/mountain course in 13.08.19 and definitely earned a relaxing Saturday evening ,impressive running indeed.

The marathon would see runners start in Donard Park and follow the Mourne Way back to Rostrevor . Peter Thompson had another superb run and continued his fine form with a 3.53.13 and 6th overall . Dessie Green also took on this tough marathon and completed in another fine run of 5.23.47 . Denise O’Hagan (pic above) lined up for the marathon also and finished in a great 6.11.38 , she had a nice surprise en route also as Taryn and Pauline met her providing some great BARF support in the latter tough miles . A superb effort by all our runners under tough conditions on a testing course . Well done folks Arf ! Arf !