Mourne Seven Sevens Challenge Walk 2022

6th August 2022

Results: 2021 Results are here.

2019 Results are here. (The 2020 event was canceled due to Covid).

Results archive – see Spartan Red Sox page

Objective: The Seven Sevens is an 18 mile, 8100ft test of endurance and mountain skills . The objective is to climb all seven peaks in the Mourne Mountains that are over 700m* above sea level following your own route between fixed checkpoints.

* The Six Sevens – Mountain Forming?
For many years this event has been run under a false pretext due to a favourable anomaly on an earlier edition of the OSNI Mourne map. Slieve Meelmore is actually several metres short of the magical 700m height – exactly how many metres depends on which source you consult. In fact, 4 of the 7 summits have different spot heights on the (2009) OSNI map and some of these are higher so the the combined height is now 5203m which is only 2m down on the previous total.

Our History
Organised for 25 years by The Spartan Red Sox walking club, Lagan Valley Orienteers were proud to take on stewardship of this iconic annual challenge walk in 2019. As one of Ireland’s premiere orienteering clubs LVO have over 40 years of experience in organising large events, including UK and Irish national events, in forest parks and mountain areas across the country.

The first Seven Sevens event in 1992 was organised by Jim Brown from the Red Sox and had 11 walkers and 4 runners take part. Only 4 of the walkers completed the challenge and the fastest walker’s time was 8.30hrs. Click here to see the “official” results sheet. N.B. It was a free order challenge for many years until entry numbers grew so big that it became difficult to marshal all the checkpoints for such a long day.

It is important to note that this site is for the Challenge Walk only. It’s not a race; there are no prizes although all finishers are awarded a certificate and one of the much coveted 7x7s badges.

If you want to do the mountain race which is run as a separate event then you should consult the Northern Ireland Mountain Running Association (NIMRA) website http://www.nimra.org.uk/.

Participants must have the skills, fitness and experience to complete a walk of this length in the high mountains. Navigation skills are essential in poor weather.

Details
Distance 18 miles (29km)
Ascent/Descent 8,100 ft (2,495m)
Typical Duration 10-12 hours
Starting Time 6.30am – 9.00am (TBC)
Entry Fee £ TBC
Summits (order for 2022)Height*
Slieve Donard 853m
– Slieve Commedagh 765m
– Slieve Bearnagh 739m
Slieve Meelmore 687m
Slieve Meelbeg 708m
– Slieve Binnian 747m
– Slieve Lamagan 704m

* Heights are taken from the 2020 OSNI 1:25,000 Mournes activity map. The Bearnagh to Lamagan section alternates direction each year.

N.B. This is not the Cancer Focus NI event organised in June

Click here to see the more detailed information as for the 2021 event – 2022 event details coming soon.