The 34th Mourne 2 day Mountain Marathon took place on 21st and 22nd Sept, with the event base at Tollymore Mountain Centre.
290 competitors in 145 teams of two entered the four different categories 55km Elite, 45km B, 35km C&D, aimed at testing not only stamina but also navigation and mountain survival skills
The teams navigate in the mountains following a course set using 6 figure map references, issued at the start of each day. The teams must be self-sufficient carrying everything they need for an overnight camp, including tent, sleeping bag, cooking equipment and food. Even packing the rucksack is a skill with the aim to keep the generic cialis online equipment as light as possible but still comply with the rules.
Weather conditions were good for the event staying warm and dry throughout, although low cloud at the start of each day did add to the navigation challenge.
The competition was close in all categories, with Newcastle AC’s Deon McNeilly and Ian Bailey winning the Elite event by only 9 minutes from English team Gavin Miles and Gary Tompsett, after over 9 hours combined running time over the 2 days
Newcastle AC also had the winner in the Ladies C event with Samantha McNeilly and partner Patricia McKibben finishing 5 minutes ahead of another local team Pauline O’Hara and Denise O’Hagan