Rules & Registration


  • The Denis Rankin Round is to be completed on foot within a 24 hr period.
  • The start and finish is the white entrance arch to Donard car park in Newcastle.
  • The route traverses all the significant Mourne peaks, over 400m in height, in a fixed order, either in a clockwise or anticlockwise direction. See the ‘Route’ tab
  • There is no fixed route between the peaks and participants are responsible for ensuring there is permitted access along their route.
  • The challenge may be completed individually or in groups with accompanying runners and meeting support teams for food/refreshments encouraged.
  • Touch each summit cairn.
  • Do not run along the Mourne Wall.
  • Respect private land (fences, gates etc.) and use stiles when possible.

Before attempting the Rankin Round
Prepare well – this is a demanding high mountain challenge on rough and remote terrain, with a total distance around 90km (56 miles) and over 6500m (20,000 ft) of ascent.

Be ready to deal with injuries, exhaustion or poor weather conditions.  (Mobile phone reception is patchy along the route.)

Be sensible about equipment with individual full body cover, map, compass, whistle, food, first aid, headtorch etc.


  • Register at least 24 hours before your attempt, but not more than a few weeks in advance by emailing committee[at]
  • Include the following personal Information:
    • Full name
    • Gender
    • Date of birth
    • Age Category
    • Nationality
    • Club
    • Postal address
  • Information about your attempt:
    • Start date & time (update us if the details change)
    • Estimated completion time
    • Direction (clockwise or anticlockwise)
    • Supported or Unsupported  (See *Further information)
  • Contact Primal Tracking and organise a GPS tracker (Confirm as such in your registration email to the committee)
  • Consider making a Donation to Mourne Mountain Rescue
  • On completion, you must email the committee with the details listed in the RATIFICATION section below
  • Relay team category (Club Relay only)
    • All Male – Open (any mix), Vet 40 – 75
    • All Female – Open (any mix), Vet 40 – 75


For an official completion, submit the following to the committee via email:

  • Timing Data:
    • Date of completion
    • Start & Finish times
    • Completion time (hours:minutes)
  • Supporting evidence:
    • Independent witness statements
    • Summit photographs
  • GPS Data will be supplied to the committee by Primal Tracking. (You may also submit a GPX file from your watch)
  • A brief report

The committee will have the final say on accepting the evidence but we will expect competitors to enter the event within the spirit of fell running events.

Additional Information
During the registration process, the committee asks if the round is to be support or unsupported. This information is not used to differentiated completion times, more to build a picture of the round attempt. For the purposes of their report, some members may state if a round is Supported/Unsupported. Clarification on what constitutes either is listed below:

Supported: Met at road crossings or on the course with gear/food.
Unsupported: Completely self-sufficient with no outside help in the form of another runner carrying or supplying gear/food/navigation. Moral support at road crossings is encouraged.
Winter Round: 1st December through to 23:59 on the last day of February.

This is a personal challenge where competitors individually are responsible for their own safety.  The Denis Rankin Round committee does not accept any responsibility of any nature or kind for loss, damage or injury suffered by a participant who takes part in or attempts the Denis Rankin Round.