The Original Mourne Sevens Sevens Challenge Walk

Venue Shimna College
Date Sat, 3rd Aug 24
Starts 06:30 to 08:00
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Event Description

Entries Open: Saturday 10th  February 2024
Entries Close: Monday 22nd July 2024

EVENT NOW FULL – There is no waiting list. We will reopen entries at 8pm on Monday 1st July when we will offer out cancellation spaces on a first-come-first-served basis.

The following information is provisional and will be updated closer to the event. The entry link is at the bottom of this page.

It is important to note that this site is for the Challenge Walk only. If you want to enter the mountain race which is run as a separate event then you should consult the Northern Ireland Mountain Running Association (NIMRA) website.

Preparation

Equipment, food and water

The event is not supported along the route. Participants must carry all the equipment and supplies they need for the day. Participants must have the following minimum kit which will be checked at registration:

  • hiking boots/shoes or fell shoes (no trainers)
  • waterproof coat with hood
  • waterproof trousers
  • hat
  • food and drink sufficient for a long day hiking
  • 1:25,000 map of the Mourne Mountains ¹
  • compass & whistle ¹ ²
  • First Aid kit ²
  • survival bag (a foil bag is good but no space blankets) ²

Note 1 – Smart phones must not be used as the only means of navigation.
Note 2  – If walking in a group – the map, compass, whistle, first aid kit and survival bag may be shared between up to 3 people. Groups will need to do kit check together and then stay together throughout the day.

These items are required regardless of the weather forecast as mountain conditions in Britain and Ireland can change dramatically with little warning. Anyone failing the kit-check at registration will not be allowed to start. The Organiser’s decision will be final and there will be no recompense for this decision.

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed on the walk, since large sections of it cross land grazed by sheep.

On the Day

Parking

Parking will be in Donard car park, Newcastle. Parking is free. Follow signs & tape from the south end of the car park through to the Registration in Shimna Integrated College. Please do not drive directly to the college.

Toilets

Toilets are available at the north end of Donard car park and in Shimna College

Registration

Registration opens on Saturday morning at 06:00. You will need to hand in the Registration Form with details of your car registration, walking companions (if any), contact details, etc. These details will only be used for event admin or emergencies on the day and will be securely disposed of after the event. (Please print out and complete this in advance so as to minimise queuing time). DOWNLOAD FORM HERE

Timing

You will be given an electronic timing chip (aka dibber) on a lanyard. Please look after this –  the replacement cost is £30. You will also receive a numbered tag to attach to your rucksack.

How to use the electronic timing gear…when you are ready to start your walk, go to the start marshals who will activate the timing chip (dibber). At each summit you will find an electronic SI Control Box on a post with an orange and white flag. Insert your dibber into the hole in the SI box and wait until you hear a beep. The dibber will now have recorded the time you arrived at the top. Click here for more info on the timing system.

Start

Starts are open between 06:30 and 08:00. The start of the walk will be a short distance from Registration

Marshals

There are six marshalled positions along the route in cols between summits where you will be required to give your participant number.

Route

The 2024 route is anti-clockwise around each of the seven summits which must be visited in the order stipulated below plus the marshaled checkpoints (denoted MCP below). This challenge walk is not guided or way-marked along the route. Navigational skills will be required, especially if weather conditions are poor so participants must have the ability and experience to use both map and compass. Navigation using only a smartphone app is not allowed.

Please do not walk on the Mourne Wall. This is to protect our national treasure from damage. Stiles should be used to cross the wall where available or if necessary the wall can be climbed over with care where it is sturdy.

Order of Summits for 2024 (30.5km, 2400m)

Checkpoint Grid Ref *
Marshals / Timed
Start – Shimna College J 373 301 Start Control Box
Slieve Donard 853m J 357 276 Control Box
Col Donard-Commedagh J 349 279 Marshaled Check Point
Slieve Commedagh (summit) 765m J 345 286 Control Box
Hares Gap
J 322 286 Marshaled Check Point
Slieve Bearnagh (inside corner of wall) 739m J 312 280 Control Box
Slieve Meelmore (outside wall) 687m J 305 285 Control Box
Col Meelmore-Meelbeg Cut-Off Time 13:00
J 303 281 Marshaled Check Point
Slieve Meelbeg (inside wall) 708m J 300 279 Control Box
Ben Crom Dam (NW end) Cut-Off Time 14:00 J 313 256 Control Box + Marshaled Check Point
Slieve Binnian (South Summit) 747m J 320 233 Control Box
Col Binnian-Lamagan Cut-Off Time 17:00
J 320 255 Marshaled Check Point
Slieve Lamagan 704m J 328 260 Control Box
Col Donard-Commedagh J 349 279 Control Box + Marshaled Check Point
Finish – Shimna College J 373 301 Finish Control Box

*  N.B. 8 figure grid references refer to the bottom left corner of a 10m square.

Cut-off times & Retirements

There are three checkpoints with cut-off times: Meelmore-Meelbeg Col, Ben Crom Dam and Lamagan-Binnian Col. These are to ensure walkers complete the route before dark and that our marshals can also safely get off the mountains. Walkers missing a cut-off will be retired from the event and should return directly to Donard Park. N.B. Retirements are marked RTD on the results with no times and no certificate issued.

N.B. Controls in each section of the course will be taken in shortly after the cut-off time at the last control.

Time and Distance

If you look at previous years’ results you will note that the Ben Crom dam is consistently half way around the course for most people, regardless of their finish time. Slow or leisurely walkers take up to 14hrs to finish the course. If you fall into this category you need to be starting no later than 7am in order to reach the dam by the 2pm cut-off. The Meels Col is also consistently 2/5ths of the circuit and the Binnian-Lamagan saddle 3/4trs  – so you should do the maths for your own particular walking pace and work out a start time.

Retirees at any stage of the event must report as soon as possible either to a marshal or via text to base and return directly to Donard Park to return their dibbers and register that they are safely off the mountains.

Finish

Download At the finish and hand in your dibber. You will receive a print out of your progress around the route with split times for each summit plus a certificate of completion. Finish times will be published online.

Facilities

  • Refreshments will be available at the finish from 2pm. Please state any dietary preferences on the entry form.
  • Showers TBC
  • Toilets are available in Shimna College.

Disclaimer

Hillwalking is an activity with a danger of personal injury, death and loss of or damage to property. Participants must be be over 18 years old and must be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. Neither Lagan Valley Orienteers, nor any of its individual members, can be held responsible for any injury, loss or damage (to individuals or to property) howsoever sustained by participation in the event. The club reserves the right to refuse entry to the walk to anyone deemed unprepared for the event on the day and to force retirement from the event of anyone breaching either the rules of the event or the NI Countryside Code.

Privacy Policy

In order to organise this event we need to ask you for some Personal Data. Please read our Privacy Policy here before entering the event.

Entries

This event accepts online entry only and there will be no entries on the day. The entry fee is £40 (includes £5 non-refundable deposit). Minimum age 18 years old on the day.

Si Entries Link

Cancellations & Changes

You may cancel your entry via the SI Entries up until Monday 22nd July, and refunds will be offered as follows

  • Up to Saturday 25th May – £35
  • Up to  Sunday 30th June – £30
  • 1st – 22nd July – £20
  • No Refunds after Monday 22nd July

Cancel your Entry here

Name and start time changes can also be made via SI Entries (at no charge) but please be sure to amend all the required details.

Edit your Entry here

Or email us at:

Event Cancellation

If we are forced to cancel the event we will refund the entry fee less £5 to cover our non-recoverable costs. We will not be liable for any incidental costs incurred by the Participant, including (but not limited to) travel, accommodation, food or equipment.

 

Location

Shimna College
5a King Street
Newcastle
BT33 0HD

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Volunteers

To volunteer at this event please email volunteer@lvo.org.uk. You can find information on each role here as well as the current list of volunteers.

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