Slieve Donard Race 2024 – Report, Results and Photos

A brief respite from the Hill & Dales for one blank Thursday only gives the regular head the balls the chance to gear the legs up to take on our biggest and baddest peak around. Saturday 11th May was the 79th consecutive staging of the Slieve Donard race, unbroken from 1945 and if historical conflicts, economic strife or recent pandemics (cough) ain’t going to postpone it then there’s not much left to stand in its way for the future. A word of appreciation to John Adgey taking on the race in his 80th year, as old as the race itself, if you’re still running up mountains naturally caps will be tipped your direction.
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Provisional Calendar 2024

Provisional calendar for the Hill & Dale Series and Slieve Donard Race:

Date Start Time Event
Thursday 11 April 2024 19:30 Castlewellan
Thursday 18 April 2024 19:30 White Plains
Thursday 25 April 2024 19:30 Slieve Martin
Thursday 2 May 2024 19:30 Binnian
Saturday 11 May 2024 14:00 Slieve Donard Race
Thursday 16 May 2024 19:30 Rocky
Thursday 23 May 2024 19:30 Luke’s
Thursday 30 May 2024 19:30 Millstone
Thursday 6 June 2024 19:30 Loughshannagh
Thursday 13 June 2024 19:30 Meels
Friday 21 June 2024 19:30 Drinnahilly

Races are subject to permit. Further details, including how to enter, will be available soon.

Pruzina & Wilson are Donard Race Champions for 2023

The 78th annual Slieve Donard Race took place on Saturday from its relatively new base at the top end of Donard Demesne in Newcastle, County Down. The early morning fog which had rolled in off the Irish Sea overnight had been reluctant to clear and some runners were suddenly wishing they had learned how to use a compass as the notorious line from the summit of the mountain to the Quarry is very difficult to find in limited visibility. However, just on time, the skies cleared, a beautiful summer’s day emerged providing excellent visibility for the runners.

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