Hill & Dale Series 2018 – Race 6

Hill and Dale Race 6 – Moughanmore takes place on Thursday 24th May. Full body cover must be brought to race. 

Random kit checks will be carried at the finish. Those who finish without ALL the required kit WILL be disqualified.

Number Collection/Signing In

Number Collection/Signing In will open at 6:30pm and close at 7:15pm SHARP. Registration will take place at the Deer’s Meadow.

Entries will NOT be accepted on the night if you did not register online. Online Registration is NOW CLOSED and will reopen after Race 6.

Please note that you only need to register ONCE for Series.

Hill and Dale Series 2018 – Race 5

Race 5 Results

Race 5 Photos by Paul Fegan

Race 5 Photos by The Inspirational Runner

Lynch and Troeng share the spoils on Rocky
By Rusty and Stainless

A summers evening in the middle of the Mournes, if that well known Danish Lager did Fell races. Thursday evening saw race 5 in the Hill and Dale series descend upon Leitrim Lodge Car Park where 259 runners signed on for the annual haul into the hills of one of most picturesque parts of the Mournes.

Ran in an anti- clockwise direction, the charge began at precisely 7.29pm (Frank was delighted) the runners set-off with the imposing climbs to Altnatagart, Tournamrock, across to Pierce’s Castle onwards to the final climb up Rocky before the runners embarked on the fast, technical descent off Rocky towards the finish. Pre-Race favourites, Seamus Lynch Newcastle AC’s  and William McKee made their intentions clear putting daylight between himself and the chasing pack as they reached the first climb, Lynch extended his lead as the race progressed and ran out a worthy winner in an impressive time of 30.22., McKee ran a strong race  in second with Colm Murtagh completing the podium.

The Ladies race was won by Newcastle Ac’s Mari Troeng who ran an excellent time of 39.23 Continue reading

Hill and Dale Series 2018 – Race 4

Race 4 Results

Binnian – the ‘High Point’ of the Series

Race Report by Deputy Dog

The planning for each race in the Hill & Dale Series starts well before actual race day. With participant numbers so much higher than than the early days nearly 25 years ago, there are two different people, ‘The Race Directors’, who are furnished with the ‘bible of details’ weeks before – proper forward planning. This year, however, there has been some ‘date swapping’ (no, not a variant on the popular App ‘Tinder’) for some of the races but that should work alright, in theory. Well I said it should – until I discovered that my organising partner for Binnian had sent round a Google Map Reference for the registration field in the deepest South Mournes from high up in the Pyrenees – apparently he was on a road trip (also being referred to as an Elite Training Camp) with an Olympian and a Plumber where the daily Strength & Conditioning Sessions included demolition and the construction of a shower unit. Binnian to the Top is the ‘High Point’ of the Series but this Race Director had truly been left with the steepest mountains to climb.

Hanna, McKee & Lynch – Binnian (photo by Ryan McDonald)

So to Race Day and the weather was not being favourable, but with the help of an army of willing volunteers (without whom the Series could not take place – thank you to every single one of them), the pre-race arrangements had been put in place and necessary infrastructure had been installed in Mourne Runners’ stalwart Willie Marks’ field. All great plans need to be flexible and after the first 5 cars skidded and slid into the sodden field, there was a quick consultation of the ‘bible of details’ to look for ‘Plan B’. ‘Plan A’ would required a Tow Truck and so having left his team of trusty disciples at the registration table, Joe McCann was commandeered to devise a new solution for the parking issues. To be fair he did handle the mini-crisis reasonable fashion and within the hour he was at the front of a record crowd to provide race instructions and safety briefing. He then set the 231 runners off up the road and onto the mountain lane towards Binnian.  Continue reading

Hill and Dale Series 2018 – Race 3

Race 3 Results

Race 3 Photos by Paul Fegan

Record Numbers at Slieve Martin

Report by The Terminator

The third race in the 2017 Hill and Dale series took place in Rostrevor on Thursday 26 April. The weather forecast during the lead up to the race had changed that many times it was anyone’s bet what would be in store for the runners that evening. Thankfully Kilbroney missed the predicted showers, the wind had dropped and the sun was out just in time for the race.

1st Seamy Lynch with 2nd Willy McKee and Newry AC’s Krion Kelly 1st MV45.

Registration went smoothly thanks to Mary, Debbie, Richard and Nadia. They were kept busy, with 277 runners entering the race – a new record for the Slieve Martin race. Runners seem to be a forgetful bunch, as after every race, without fail there will be an item of some sort left behind. Usually it’s a jacket or top someone has left hanging on a tree, the last thing on a runner’s mind after a challenging run up a mountain! Over the years we have been amused at the items left. Last year a McKibbin misplaced her bumbag and when shown said bumbag which had been found the week before was certain it wasn’t hers only to come back a week later realising it was! This year someone managed to leave behind a good pair of inov8 fell shoes. The shoes were passed to this week’s race organisers in a box along with the other race equipment and left in their parent’s garage for a week. Unfortunately, she was not made aware of these shoes and as anyone who runs up mountains knows if shoes are left sitting they can smell like bog… When she returned to collect the equipment on Thursday morning she was given a right telling off for leaving wet fell shoes sitting as her mother had to clean them and leave them out to dry. Confused as she was certain she had already cleaned her inov8s went out the back and to much amusement found her nice clean inov8s sitting next to a second pair of nice clean inov8s! The shoes were collected this week from lost property. If you dislike cleaning your fell shoes after each race I wouldn’t recommend leaving your shoes behind as we can’t guarantee all lost property will be returned in such a clean condition! Continue reading