The good weather has finally returned after a wet and very windy month of May. Hopefully the warm, settled weather will last at least one weekend, before it reverts back to doom and gloom. Again, June provides a packed schedule of racing, including a couple of classic yearly ‘adventures’.
The Mourne Way Marathon is on the 11th June and is looking like getting its biggest entry so far in its short, but highly successful history.
Five races are staged over the course of the day; the ultra, the marathon, ½ marathon, 10km and a new 5km race. The 2011 Mourne Way Ultra is once again an Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc accredited race for their 2012 entries.
To continue with your mountain running fix the ‘classic’ Flagstaff to Carlingford Mountain Run takes place on the following Sunday (19th). The race follows the ridge of the Cooley mountains to Slieve Foye and hence Carlingford. The route is about 11 miles long, with 3000 feet of climb and takes from 1hr 30 min to 4 hours. It is one of the best mountain runs in the North of Ireland and certain one to try on a clear day as the views running off Slieve Foye are amazing.
If the Mourne Way Ultra or the Flagstaff to Carlingford race is not long enough for you, then the 24hr Setanta Rogaine is on
the last weekend of June. This is a great event and ideal for navigator to test their skills in choosing the most optional routes around the Wicklow Mountains. This is the 14th year of the Setanta Rogaine and the event just keeps getting better and better. If 24hrs is still a bit long, then a shorter 6hr event is available.
On the orienteering front the Tollymore Orienteering BBQ Week-end takes place over the 18th and 19th June down at Tollymore Forest. The weekend incorporates the NI Colour No 4 event and there also should be a night event to help work off that BBQ. Most people will be camping to make it a family, fun filled weekend.
Of course the WEE Series continues throughout June with events down at Tollymore, Carnfunnock, Belvoir Forest and Barnetts Demesne.
Finally, the NIMRA’s Hill and Dale series concludes at the end of June. This 11 race series has become very popular over the last few years, attracting over 150 runners to each Thursday evening race. There are three races (Monument Race, Rocky and Donard Forest) still to go in the series, so you still have time to enter