Slieve Donard Race 2018

Slieve Donard Results 2018

Photos by Paul Fegan

Lynch claims victory on Donard
O’Kane makes it 5

Race Report by Hill Runner

Saturday May 12 saw the annual classic Slieve Donard mountain race take place in Newcastle. Run every year since 1945, this year saw a few changes. Starting in Newcastle’s main St, the first checkpoint was at the saddle, the most direct route being via the Glen River path, turning left to follow the Mourne wall to the summit, some 852 metres above Newcastle making it Northern Ireland’s highest peak. From here runners descended down the other side towards checkpoint 3 at the quarry, where a good line will see you picking up the path that leads to it. Free route choice from here to checkpoint 4 at the first bridge saw people going off in various directions, all trying to see if they were quicker. Weather wise the sun stayed out from start to finish unlike last year, where torrential hail stones battered people half an hour from the start. A cool breeze helped keep temperatures under control on the long climb to the summit. Continue reading

Zak ‘storms’ to victory

The 73rd Annual Slieve Donard Race by Walnut Soap

The Slieve Donard Race is an Annual Classic by any measure. Every year since 1945, locals and many from further afield have descended (no pun intended!) on Newcastle to race to the summit of Slieve Donard, the highest point in Northern Ireland (852 metres or 2,796 feet in old money above sea level) and then plummet back to sea level as quickly as possible. This year the race would also serve as the first race in the Irish Mountain Running Championship and selection for the Irish World/European Mountain running team. The entry of 258 runners was a new record smashing last year’s previous record entry of 208. Runners from as far away as Tasmania paid their £8 entry fee and with the sun out toed the start line on the Main Street – no turning back now. Continue reading

Can anyone stop Bailey as he bids for 5 in a row??

72nd Slieve Donard Race – Preview by Bogusboy

The annual Slieve Donard race, Race 6 of the Hill and Dale will start at 2:00pm on Saturday 20 May at the Newcastle Centre, with the leaders returning to the Newcastle around 2.55pm.  Amazingly within one hour the leading athletes will have climbed the 852 metres to the summit and returned to the point from whence they came.  The course follows along the main street with a marked route to the summit and the same back to Newcastle Centre – a temporary departure from the traditional ‘free choice’. A few will display the cuts and bruises to show that they have raced to the highest point in Northern Ireland and back. Never was this truer than in 2012 when the ‘Prophet’ returned with a hole in his hand.  Not to be worried by such a mere bagatelle he ran his hand under the tap and shored up the gaping wound with a bit of electrical tape – emergency first aid at its very best!  The next day when he peeled back the inch of flapping skin he found a compass, a whistle and a pound coin! The pound coin was deposited in the piggy bank where, five years later, it still remains a prisoner! Continue reading

Slieve Donard Race 2014

Slieve Donard Results – amended (19/5/14)
Photos by Ryan McDonald
Photos by Lisa Rice

Bailey and Wilson make it double tops on Sl Donard

Report by Bogman

I’m not a betting man but would guess that the odds of winning the Sl Donard race two years in a row would be fairly generous. To do that and record the same time as last year (57.01) and also retain the fastest descent trophy would surely have attracted very generous odds. So step forward Ian Bailey, the man who did all the above to become the winner of the 70th Sl Donard race. The “red/yellow magpie” who just returned to racing in the last few weeks led his club Newcastle AC to the team award, along with team mates David o Flaherty (2nd) and Colm Murtagh (8th). Continue reading

Slieve Donard Mountain Race 2013-Report Added

Photos by Hugh Suffern
Photos by Declan Rice

Bailey is the Big Boy
by Bogman
At the 69th running of the Slieve Donard race on Saturday, Newcastle AC runner Ian Bailey won the event for his first time. He now has become the 34th winner of this event and in doing so has joined the who’s who of fell running. Bailey who has been catching the eye at the Hill and Dale series, put together a near prefect run in what turned out to be very testing conditions.
Even before the race started, conditions at race HQ at the Newcastle Centre were showing an early indication of what was to come, on the journey up to the 849mt summit, the highest point in Northern Ireland. Continue reading