COVID-19 Update – April 2021

General registration is now open for attempts after 23rd April, with the onus on registrants and supporters to follow relevant COVID guidance.

We would note that the mountain rescue teams remain stretched both by the volume of call outs and operating under COVID-19 precautions and so would emphasise the need for registrants to be fully confident of their capacity to undertake the challenge and to have their own support package in place to minimise the likelihood of needing rescue assistance.

Ross Jenkins – Round Report

At 4.30 in the morning on 26th August i was standing at the foot of Donard framed by the famous white arches. My first supporter was with me and absolutely buzzing to get going. We set off in the dark up the Glen River and conversation flowed – last time i Saw Max was about 10 years ago at Belfast Circus School.

We made great time up Donard and the last steps to the summit were at dawn. We descended into Donard bog and day broke over the Mournes as we continued from peak to peak in the sun. Max knew the route like the back of his hand and encouraged me every step of the way. We got down to the first changeover ahead of schedule and feeling fresh. Chris and the crew from Lagan Search and Rescue sorted some food and drink for me and kicked me back out on the trail with Bill from Dublin.

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