For umpteen reasons, we decided the weekend of 21st/22nd July had to be the one when we would give the Denis Rankin Round a go. Off the back of a number of recent hill race events, we were hoping our knowledge of the Mournes and the sheer pedigree of the team (terrier, greyhound, red setter and family labrador) would see us over the route.
At 2am, the first challenge was getting through the arch without getting knocked down by an irate taxi driver. We took off across the car park, and proceeded to head in four different directions, looking like a scene from Monty Python’s Silly Olympics. A super start.
What else would you be doing at 2am?
On Saturday 28th July, Simon Barnett of Tring, Hertfordshire completed a clockwise round in a time of 23:23.
On Monday 28th May, well-respected adventure racer, hill runner and author, Moire O’Sullivan, set a new clockwise female record of 21 hours 24 minutes, lowered the clockwise record by 42 minutes.
On Saturday 12th May a mixed group of Irish runners (Nigel McKernan, Denis Carrigan, Linda O’Connor, Robbie Heffernan) completed a successful clockwise round in 22:06. In the process, Linda has lowered the female record from Jackie Toal’s 2016 time of 22:17.
Aaron Shimmons filmed his anti-clockwise round report for his iRunOverMountains vlog series. You can view his unique report here…