Denis Rankin Round – Course Recce

On Sept 7th 2013, a group from BARF (Belfast Association of Rock climbers and Fell runners) organized a relay run around the proposed route of the Denis Rankin Round, to test the course and timings, make a final decision on peaks to be included and order undertaken, and to check the feasibility of the challenge.

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Despite atrocious weather for most of the route, the relay was completed in 23hrs, 13min and 22 sec, with a GPS measured distance of 89.86km and a total of 6137m of height gain. Given that some unnecessary distance was covered circling around a few of the more obscure tops in thick mist and/or darkness, a more efficient route is possible.

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The times below are approximate and include rest and re-fueling stops at changeovers.

Section 1 – Newcastle to Silent Valley
Started 05.00 and finished at 10.45 or 5hrs 45min
Completed by Gareth Boreland,Dave Evans,Nigel Hart, Gerry Kingston, Martin Mullan and Jacqueline Toal
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Section 2 – Silent Valley to Deers Meadow
Started at 10.45 and finished at 14.30 or 3hrs 45min
Completed by Dave Ewart, Gerry Kingston, Martin Mullan and Norma Rea
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Section 3 – Deers Meadow to Slieve Martin
Started at 14.30 and finished at 18.15 or 3hrs 45min
Completed by Gerry Kingston, Kathleen Monteverde and Gareth McKeown
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Section 4 – Slieve Martin to Spelga
Started at 18.15 and finished at 23.00 or 4 hrs 45min
Completed by Garth McKeown and Aaron Shimmons
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Section 5 – Spelga to Newcastle
Started at 23.00 and finished at 04.15 on Sunday 8th Sept or 5hrs 15min
Completed by Jim Brown, Aaron Shimmons and Dawson Stelfox
2013-09-09 07.32.05The GPX log of this course recce can be viewed here on Strava.