Denis Rankin Round: Discovering My Ultra-Ego

By Lee O’Boyle

It was back in February, on a cold evening, Micky had arrived at the hub in Mallusk and I could tell he wasn’t himself.  When I questioned him, it transpired that he was planning to do the Denis Rankin Round that weekend, but his support had fallen through and he was going to cancel.

Little did I know that my actions over the next 10 minutes would ultimately set me on a path of discovery of my own over the next 5 months…

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Paul Mahon and Peter O’Farrell – Round Report

Runners:                 Paul Mahon and Peter O’Farrell

Support:                  Moire O’Sullivan

Start:                       03:00:00 Monday 15th July 2019

Finish:                     00:14:40 Tuesday 16th July 2019

Round Time:            21:14:40

Conditions:              Very Good – clear skies, wet rivers, dryish ground, foliage (mostly) reasonable,12-> 25 deg C w mix of overcast and strong sunshine

With the bald facts out of the way time for the report.

Paul and myself have been friends for many many years but hadn’t actually had a long day in the hills or a good chat in ages as I have been doing shorter time based activities whilst he has continued with the longer stuff. Paul gave me great support in a recent cycling challenge and my wife Orla was keen for me to repay the favour. With the official approval out of the way I was good to go!

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Declan McGrellis – My Rankin Round

The original plan was to go bag some Munros in Scotland.  When that plan fell through I was looking for alternatives closer to home.  It’s been a while since I camped out in the Mournes, so a couple of days hiking there sounded good.  But which part?  Not the same challenge as hiking up a Scottish Munro since I’d been over most of them before, but then the seed was sown … Kathleen’s recent completion of the Rankin Round … spend two days recceing the full route with a possible overnight camp.  The decision was made.  Planning was kept fairly low-key to say the least:

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