Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the DRR committee recommends postponing round attempts until the current national restrictions on movement have been lifted. Successful rounds will not be ratified during this time.
We would also ask you to review this statement by the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team.
The mountains will still be there when this difficult time has passed. Stay safe.
I get great enjoyment in the planning of challenges like the
Rankin round. With living within an hour of the Mourne’s getting out for
recce’s was not going to be a problem and as an orienteer spending time looking
over the Harvey’s map is a pleasant pastime. My first recce’s were way back in
July 2018 when I split the round in two ~40km loops at Loughshannagh.
Completing the South West half one day and the North Eastern half three days
later (with the exception of Meelbeg and Meelmore). I summed up then that both
these sections were very different in nature, the SW less hilly but rougher,
but with some fast trail running. While the NE was hillier but well trod with
some more technical steep descents.
Anti-Clockwise Denis Rankin Round
39 mountain summits
Solo. Unsupported. Map and Compass.
20 hours 48 minutes
Although myself and Hazel were staying in the Avoca hotel, beside Donard car park, getting to the start at the White Arch proved a bit tricky when the time came. It was after 1am, and people were spilling out of the pubs at the end of the last Saturday night before Christmas. When we opened the hotel door to leave, a young guy, very much worse for wear, tottered in, clueless of where he was, and we had to turn him around and head him down the street. As we walked toward the car park with ten minutes to spare, we came upon a number of lads in doorways, at least one of them passed out, and there were boy racers flying up and down the car park. We decided to go back and wait in the doorway of the hotel, and with 2 minutes to go we flew around to the arch. On our way we passed two lads, one shouting incredulously “are you going for a run?” When I replied “yes”, he laughed and shouted “my mate just ran into a lamp post!” Hastily we took a picture, counted down and then ran in the opposite direction.
The UTMB organisation have informed us that the DRR has been approved as a 5 point qualifying race for the 2019 entry process.
Good luck in the lottery 😉