Slieve Donard Race

The 76th Edition of the Slieve Donard Race will take place at MIDDAY Saturday 26th September 2020.

The Committee of Newcastle & District AC is delighted to announce its plan to keep the 75-year unbroken streak of the annual Slieve Donard Race intact in this most difficult and unprecedented year.

We apologise for the uncharacteristically short notice, but this is due to circumstances beyond our control. In the present fluid climate, things invariably move fast and we need to avail of the window that is currently available.

Thanks to Athletics NI, NIMRA and the NI Forestry Service for working in close collaborative partnership with us to overcome difficulties that made this race possible.

However, due to the current COVID-19 guidelines, we are required to limit the number in the race to 150. Additionally, runners will be set off in waves with the faster runners seeded into waves in front of the slower runners.

Waves of 15 will be set off at 1 minute intervals, ensuring that everyone will start relatively quickly and safely.

Entries will be on a first come, first served basis and when we reach the limit there will be no more – the organisers’ discretion is final.

Entry including payment (no refunds) must be done online through the following link …

Online Registration Form – Slieve Donard Race 2020



Runners on the start line will be in a 1 metre square grid

NO DRAFTING – importantly runners MUST NOT run together – runners may pass those in front of them, but no drafting i.e. tucking in and running in behind another runner.

Checkpoints will be located at the Saddle, Donard Summit and the Quarry.

Prizes for the first 3 men and women only and will be posted after the event.  NO category prizes and NO prize giving.

All profits to

Mandatory safety equipment required for the race: compass, whistle, full body cover comprising of waterproof jacket with hood and trousers, hat and gloves. Click here to view the Fell Running Association rules.

Competitors not carrying the safety equipment will not be permitted to start. Non-compliance with safety equipment rules will result in disqualification from the race.

NO headphones or ear pieces of any description are allowed for safety reasons.

All runners must report to the finish.

For safety reasons, reasonable fitness levels needed – cut off times will apply at the discretion of the organisers.