On Saturday 29th June, Niall Gibney & Gavin Hynds completed clockwise Rankin rounds. The clubmates were together until Spelga Dam, then Niall sped on to finish in 20:41, with Gavin finishing later in 22:46.
I remember being part of BARF team invited to Dawson Stelfox’s office in 2013, Denis was part of BARF and a legend in the mountain running community, he had done so much to promote mountain running and had achieved so much, he was missed and we wanted to honour his name. the meeting was to fine-tune the aspects of the round all the Mourne peaks over 400m, 56miles and 6500m ascent.
I had just completed the Mourne 500m, all the Mourne peaks over 500m so was amazed at what Dawson was suggesting; I really thought it was not possible! The first Barf team relay recce to see if the round was possible was carried out on a wet and cold September day but many Barfers came out to support, we did it in 23hrs and 13mins, ah, but that was a relay, could one person do it? Next year Billy and Greg smashed it in 20hrs and 29mins. Well, that lit a light in me; I’d love to try it. Over the years, in between injuries, I did lots of recces of the route, trying to find the best lines. My knee had prevented me running for two years but now I was getting stronger and I decided to set the date. My husband said I should go on Mastermind, specialist subject “The Rankin Round”, I was always pouring overtimes, routes, the website, it was time.Continue reading
On Saturday 22nd June, Kathleen Monteverde (BARF) joined the member’s list with a successful clockwise completion in a time of 22 hours 41 minutes.
Welcome to the club, member 47 😊
Having a significant birthday, I had wanted to do something special, memorable and maybe a bit gruelling. I had been throwing the idea of the Bob Graham around, but with too little time in the lakes and a recurring knee niggle, I started to search for other lesser known rounds that were shorter. With my closest adventure buddy, Bertie Goffe, like me having never visited Northern Ireland, the idea of turning up and running all the Mourne Mountains in under 24 hours sounded exciting and satisfied the pre-requisites. Standing under the entrance to Donard Park at 2.00am with 90km and 6,500m of ascent ahead of us I started to wonder if going out for a nice meal with friends would have been a better idea than attempting to onsight the Denis Rankin round!Continue reading
On Saturday 25th May the Mourne Runners club trio of; Ciaran McAleenan, Stephen Bickerstaff and Ricky Cowan completed a clockwise Denis Rankin Round to become members 42, 43 and 44 of the club.