On Sunday 26th July, Steven Shields (unattached) of Bessbrook County Armagh, just three weeks after breaking the Mourne 500s record, bettered Konrad Rawlik’s (Carnethy AC) April 2017 record (14:23) by running a very impressive 13:37 for a clockwise round. Congratulations Steven – brilliant running.
Denise & Aine have written a great report from their recent clockwise round completion – click here to read the report
The committee of the Denis Rankin Round will be accepting notifications of attempts on the Round from 15th June 2020, but this will be subject to you accepting and putting into practice the following advice.
We have made this decision in recognition that travelling to the Mournes for exercise and outdoor activities is now permissible under the government measures to reduce the spread of COVID- 19, but we are mindful of the advice to stay local and avoid unnecessary journeys and at all times to practice social distancing and avoid unnecessary strain on emergency services.Continue reading
The committee has decided to remove the Denis Rankin Round from ITRA. All future completions will not be submitted to award runner points. (Sometimes known as UTMB points).
Our objective in joining ITRA back in 2016 was to incentivise Irish runners as there were few ITRA points races in Ireland. This has certainly helped with the success of the round. We feel it has served its purpose and the round is now popular enough to sustain itself with runners simply looking to attempt the round in its true spirit; the spirit of a long-distance fell running challenge.
We know that many runners are planning attempts in the months ahead. We look forward to hearing your plans and wish you well in your training.
The committee has also met to discuss when rounds will be allowed post COVID-19 lockdown. Please expect a statement next Monday (8th June).
By: Niall Gibney
“Why on earth do you want to do it in Winter?”asked my wife, Helen when I broached the idea. “Because no-one else has completed it in Winter,” was my reply, and that more or less set the tone for doing the round. But this time, I’m going anticlockwise!” I added, trying to convey some sort of sensible reasoning/rationale to Helen about my latest mountain running quest.Continue reading