Mourne Seven Sevens Challenge Walk 2021

14th August 2021

Following a bad year for events across the country we are hopeful of being able to hold the Mourne Seven Sevens Challenge Walk again this August – Covid permitting. The 14th August date is provisional and we will provide information updates over the next few months. ENTRIES will not open until closer to the date when we have a high confidence of the event going ahead. We will give at least 2 week’s notice of this so that no one misses their chance.

Entries Open TBC

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

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 current (2009) OSNI map and some of these are higher so the the total height is now 5203m which is only 2m down on the previous height.

Our History
Organised for 25 years by The Spartan Red Sox walking club, Lagan Valley Orienteers were proud to take on stewardship in 2019 of this iconic annual challenge walk. 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 our parks and mountain areas.

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 7.00am – 9.00am TBC
Entry Fee £ TBC
Summits (order TBC)Height*
Slieve Donard 853m
– Slieve Commedagh 765m
– Slieve Lamagan 704m
– Slieve Binnian 747m
Slieve Meelbeg 708m
– Slieve Meelmore 687m
– Slieve Bearnagh 739m

* Heights are taken from the 2009 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 we had prepared for the 2020 event