NEW EVENT for 2020 – GAELFORCE SKY RUN

It gives Skyrunning UK great pleasure to announce a new addition to the 2020 Skyrunner UK & Ireland Series with a new event in Ireland – The Gaelforce Sky Run.

The Gaelforce team are no strangers to adventure and are brilliant ambassadors for the outdoor and adventure sports in Ireland since 2006.

The Gaelforce Sky Run will take place in Connemara, County Galway in March 2020 bringing a well needed early start to the UK & Ireland calendar.  It is the perfect time of year to focus yourself for the year ahead. The after race experience in Ireland is unique, with traditional pints of Guinness in the local pub an essential part of the recovery!

This 22km course takes runners up the western sections of the iconic Maumturk Mountain Range. This is the Wild Atlantic Way in all its glory – wild and untamed mountains with virtually no trails and sweeping views of the coastline. It is a looped course, so no covering old ground. There are many testing climbs. Ever heard of the Col of despondency? You will get first-hand experience of this col and some fast descents down the valley as well as the final and most notable climb towards your final destination.

The land is working farmland, typical of the area, and access to these hill sheep farms is specially granted for this event. The rocky, boggy and varying terrain will test the most experienced racers.

  • Expect: 22km of challenging terrain with steep ascents and descents
  • Prepare: For rapidly changing weather patterns pushing in from the Atlantic Ocean
  • Achieve: An overall height gain of 1372m over 4 peaks
  • Enjoy: Vast panoramic views of Connemara, Killary Fjord and the offshore Atlantic islands.
  • Max Elevation 605M| Elevation Gain 1295M
  • CAT 1 Climb x 1| CAT 2 Climbx 1

The event first took place in 2015 and has grown in popularity over the years seeing more and more people graduate into mountain running. This race is attracting competitors from all over Europe with some high profile racers adding this race to their calendars. Team Salomon athlete Thibaut Baronian won the event in 2018 (second in Zegama -Alzkori this year to none other than Kilian Jornet).

Bridget Gavin from Gaelfocrce commented, “Gaelforce are delighted to be part of the Skyrunner UK & Ireland Series and hope that it will highlight this style of running to more Irish runners as well as showcasing Ireland as a destination for mountain running.”

The prizes for the winners include cash prizes and unique bog oak trophies, crafted locally. All participants receive a finishers medal and the Gaelforce team pride themselves on a warm west of Ireland welcome to their home ground. Route creator Shane Young, an avid mountain runner, says “I have spent my life running up and down these mountains and truly believe that these mountains were not just put here to be admired from below. So, if someone ask why, the only real answer is why not”

For anyone who has never been to this part of the world before then you are in for a real treat as this part of Ireland is stunning and the mountains abundant.

It is also easily accessible from the UK with Ireland West airport 1 hour and 20 mins away. There are flights from many UK cities into this airport weekly.

The start/finish of the race is located at the Killary Adventure Centre on the shores of Killary Fjord. They have special accommodation deals on offer for anyone who wishes to stay in this spectacular area. Further accommodation options in the area can be found on the website.

Testimonials

“It’s 95% open mountains with steep slopes and super muddy sections you can really enjoy if it’s on your ass or just staying on your feet and letting go… “– Juju Jay from Mud Sweat and Runners

“I think this is the gem in all the events in the calendar – just you and the elements and a few other mad people who love running / plodding in the hills in the wind and the rain – even had the delights of snow on the route – no trails or tracks just nature in front of you… Easy registration, timings the minute you come over the line and the ever good Killary soup at the end. Thanks for organising!” – Sheila Kilduff Mountain Runner

Gaelforce Events Website HERE

Follow on the Skyrunning UK Facebook page HERE for entry details.

 

 

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Scafell Sky Race kicks off the 2019 SKYRUNNER UK & IRELAND Series

The SKYRUNNER UK & IRELAND Series 2019 kicks off June 8th with the well established and respected, SCAFELL SKY RACE, brought to you by Charlie Sproson of Lake District Sky Trails.

In 2018, the race was a UK qualifier for the skyrunning World Championships won by the incredible Jon Albon.
National Trust’s Stickle Barn over Lakeland Fells and through Lakeland Valleys, This ‘newly designed’ circular route allows participants to run stunning trail and they summit England’s highest mountain on route and traverse some of the most challenging trails in the central Lake District – 40km of technical single track and scree make this a classic skyrunning route to be reckoned with.
Scafell Sky Race is a serious test of nerve, skill and endurance with sections of scree and light scrambling. Runners need mountain skills and an ability to take on the challenge, runners are therefore vetted for race & mountain experience. Confidence to move solo across highly technical mountain terrain is essential.
An allocated 11 hours are provided for runners to complete the course, the first runners will expected in under 5!
The route:
A circular route taking in summits including Harrison Stickle, Pavey Ark, High Raise, Green Gable, Great Gable, Scafell Pike, Broad Crag, Esk Pike and Bowfell as you cover the 40km+ and 3500m of ascent in a horse-shoe loop from The Stickle Barn in Great Langdale. The course sweeps you through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the central Lakes via the finest single-track paths in the region.
Saturday 8th June 2019
  • Safety Briefing: 07:00
  • Race start: 07:30
  • First finishers (estimated): 12:00
  • Seathwaite Feed Station cut-off: 12:00
  • Styhead Pass cut-off: 14:15
  • Course closes: 18:30
A list of participants is available here https://www.sientries.co.uk/list.php?event_id=5073
275 runner (42 women) will toe the line, keep an eye on:
  • Michael Jones
  • Jayson Cavill
  • Karl Zeiner
  • Brennan Townshend
  • Daniel Doherty
  • Jonny Steede
  • Lauren Woodwiss
  • Eva Wilkes
  • Marina Ranger
and many more…

Race website HERE

also by Lake District Sky Trails is LAKES SKY ULTRA in July 2019 HERE

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GARMIN MOURNE SKYLINE MOUNTAIN-TRAIL RACE 2019 OPENS FEB 14TH

The popular Garmin Mourne Skyline Mountain-Trail Race is a 35k race, incorporating 3,370m (11,057ft) of accumulative ascent, set in the heart of the scenic Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland.

The event, which is now going into its 6th year, will take place on Saturday 19th October 2019, starting at 9am.

Entries open on Thursday 14th February 2019 at 7am, via www.mourneskylinemtr.com

The race has reached capacity every year and in 2018 this happened in record time, after 5 hours and 25 minutes – early entry is therefore strongly advised!

The event has been part of the Skyrunner UK & Ireland Series (governed by the International Skyrunning Federation) since its first running in 2014 and has attracted athletes from across the globe; there has also been some outstanding feedback attributed to the well-organised event:

“Watch this space as I reckon this race will become one of the best events in the UK, if not Europe, in years to come and it may not be too long before we see even more of the World’s running royalty gracing these inhospitable fells.”(Robbie Britton – IAAF 24-hour World Championship medallist and 2013 ‘UK ultra-runner of the year’).

The Mourne Skyline MTR starts and finishes in the seaside town of Newcastle, County Down, with competitors enjoying the magnificent scenery on what can only be described as an exceptionally tough but rewarding course.

“That is the hardest race I have ever done! Harder than Zegama Aizkorri it was just brutal. Relentless climbing, technical and with the wind it was just so hard! I loved it!”(Stevie Kremer – Skyrunner World Series Champion 2013 and 2014)

The route comprises mainly of epic mountain trail, forest paths, fire roads, single track grass and granite trail, with a small road section (approximately one mile) around the half way mark.

It covers 10 significant peaks, with the Slieve Donard (850m), Northern Ireland’s highest mountain, well-placed as the final challenge, prior to a super-fast 5k descent to the finish line in Donard Park.

There are generous prizes on offer for the front runners, with the top first three male and female athletes receiving cash prizes. In addition to this, there are also prizes for the male and female winners of the following categories: Vet35, Vet40, Vet45, Vet50, Vet55 and Vet60.

The male and female champions also receive a unique, hand-crafted winners medal designed and made by sponsors, The Steensons.  All participants receive an event t-shirt and finishers receive a prestigious professionally designed medal.

Race Director Ryan Maxwell spoke of his team’s excitement ahead of the 2019 event:

“Since we started the Mourne Skyline MTR in 2014, we have been truly humbled by the support we have received from fellow runners and mountain enthusiasts.  We are incredibly lucky to have a fantastic race team and its these people who have made the event the success that it has been. Looking ahead to 2019, we are excited to have finalised the race date, which will be Saturday 19thOctober 2019 (9am). We have also listened to feedback in terms of race entries opening and brought the date forward to St Valentines Day, Thursday 14thFebruary 2019 (7am). Our preparation for race day itself is well underway and we will strive to deliver the best edition of the event to date; as we do every year!”

We’ll leave the final word on the epic Mourne Skyline MTR to several high-profile athletes who have completed the event:

“This was a great finale to the whole (Skyrunning UK) Series. There was definitely an air of something special throughout the whole event: the entire field of runners was really friendly; the Mourne Skyline organisers were all really good, of course a huge thank you and respect to the marshal’s for helping point us in the right direction and enduring such strong winds. The course was well marked out all the way, especially where it mattered, which is no mean feat over such terrain. There is obviously a great local running community in such a friendly town, I will be putting this on the calendar for next year – and hopefully spend some more time out there exploring afterwards.” (Jayson Cavhill – Podium finisher at two of the Skyrunning UK Series events in 2014).

“At 35k with 3,370m of ascent this race was everything a Skyrace should be”(British Ultra Running Champion Jo Meek on the Mourne Skyline MTR).

Full details on the Garmin Mourne Skyline Mountain-Trail Race can be found on the official race website at www.mourneskylinemtr.com

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Excel Sports are hosts to Ireland’s first skyrunning event

Excel Sports are hosts to Ireland’s first skyrunning event, and are delighted to be part of the Skyrunner UK & Ireland 2019 National series.

The event is being held in Donegal, the most Northerly county on the island of Ireland…. But still only 3 hours from Dublin, and 2 hours from Belfast.

Donegal is a mystical, magical place, which boasts wild rugged unspoilt landscapes, and an incredible coastline with some of the most spectacular views in Europe. Donegal was voted ‘Coolest place on the planet’ by National Geographic in 2017, and for good reason….

Journeying Northwest along sleepy roads that cut and curve through the Gaeltacht, an area where the Donegal Irish dialect still flourishes, brings you to the village of Dunlewey, host of the Seven Sisters Skyline 2019. Dunlewey is a small Gaeltacht village in the Gweedore area of Donegal, situated at the foot of Mount Errigal, which is the highest mountain in Donegal.

Also known as the Derryveagh Mountains, the 7 sisters frame a valley that wouldn’t be out of place in JRR Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”!!

The Derryveagh mountains are the major mountain range in Donegal. Commonly known as the “Seven Sisters”, each of the seven mountains have their own gaelic names of Errigal (751 m), Mackoght a.k.a. Little Errigal (555 m), Aghla More (584 m), Ardloughnabrackbaddy (603 m), Aghla Beg (564 m), Crocknalaragagh (471 m) and Muckish (666 m). What these mountains may lack in Altitude, I guarantee you they more than make up with their Attitude !!

2019 will see competitors gather in picturesque Dunlewey, Co. Donegal, where they will take in magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean, and surrounding Counties for the Seven Sisters Skyline 50k. 

Race director Eunan Quinn created the Seven Sisters Mountain Marathon in 2018, an event which he felt needed to be added to the Endurance Calendar in Ireland, and the event didn’t dissapoint !! Regarded as one of the toughest runs in Ireland by competitors, with a winning time of 6 hrs for male winner, 7 hrs 41 for female winner it tested the strength, endurance and characters of all who participated.

TESTIMONIALS

“TOUGH, TOUGH course (and I only did the half) in a stunningly beautiful part of the world. This event is not for the faint hearted and not to be entered lightly. Superbly organised with a tricky course immaculately signposted. Eunan and his team have thought of everything in the planning and execution of the event, and really allow you to relax and focus on surviving the sufferfest!!!

John Peto

“Thanks to Eunan and all who organised such a brilliant event. The marathon had a bit of everything from rocky parts, boggy trails, with tough climbs and rough descents. An absolutely great open mountain race with a wonderful downhill finish. LOVED IT!!!!”

Nicola Cleary

“Highly recommended but not for casual runners. Rough, tough route but really enjoyed it as i’m a bit mad anyway!! Preparation from the organisers was first class as were the check points. Will definitely be back !!!

Brian Rodgers 

“ By far the toughest event I have ever done!!! I really thought going up Errigal that I wouldn’t make it to the finish line. From the start of the race it was a challenge as visibility on the day was only a few feet, which made this challenging both physically and mentally, but the course was superbly marked with red flags. Looking forward to next year, where hopefully the weather will allow us to experience the amazing views”

Gillian Wasson – 2018 Seven Sisters Female Champion.

Seven Sisters Skyline Route / Course details.

The 50k Skyline is an out and back course doing all peaks twice, except for the mighty Errigal.

The course is unique in that there is little or no defined path for most of the course – just wild open mountain, soft boggy heathery ground, and rock and scree on the technical sections.

The route begins at the foot of Errigal. A short run on heathery ground to the first small technical section to Mackoght, which will give competitors a taste of what’s to come later on the course on this rocky scrambling section. A descent off Mackoght and onto a track for a fast section to drop down to Altan castle, and a short run across the beach at Lough Altan. The first big test awaits competitors as they will ascend 450m in 2k to Aghla More, a grass / heather steep wall to the summit, then across to Aghla Beag on soft bog, and once on top of Aghla Beag a steep descent into the valley. A running section until competitors drop down to a 1k road section at the base of Muckish, across ‘the bridge of tears’ into Muckish quarry and the first big technical test on the course. A tough scramble to top of Muckish, and hairy descent on the miner’s path to turnaround checkpoint.

Competitors will ascend the miners path, descend Muckish on the traditional route, cross the road and back into the wilds toward the Aghlas. Here competitors will be totally isolated, with no one except fellow runners for the next 12km. On approaching the Aghla’s competitors will face locally known as ‘heart attack hill’ a grass wall, and this is where the top competitors will know they are in a race.

Across the Aghla’s, a steep descent off Aghla More and onto Mackoght. A steep technical descent off Mackoght, around to the North side of Errigal for a massive technical climb to summit Donegal’s highest mountain and last peak. Down the south side of Errigal, crossing the road toward Dunlewey estate, and a final push around the lake toward the finish line.

It’s truly an EPIC course that will test all competitors to their limits both physically and mentally.

Since announcing the Seven Sisters as a Skyline event for 2019, interest has peaked both nationally and internationally, with competitors from various countries already having signed up. This is an event not to be missed !!

Join us on July 28 to earn the accolade of saying you competed in Ireland’s first Skyline event in“the coolest place on the planet”.

Register at: http://www.njuko.net/sevensisters

 

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Scafell Sky Race 2019- The SSR has grown up!

 

40km with 3500m ascent | June 8th 2019 | Based in Great Langdale 

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Scafell Sky Race was the UK National Team qualifying race for the Skyrunning World Championships 2018, based in Scotland at the Skyline Scotland events.

The SSR has grown up! Splitting the race away from its Big Sister is going to allow the SSR to spread its wings and really fly.

Attended by some of the worlds best mountain/sky runners already, the SSR has a big following and with its new circular route it’s going to get even bigger and better.

40km of mountain terrain and 3500m ascent/decent: Scafell Sky Race is played out on technical, single-track trails from start to finish. It’s a Lake District journey that will test the speed and endurance of experienced and aspiring mountain runners.

A word from the race creator and director, Charlie S:“We always wanted to start the SSR in a ‘Mountain Environment’ and 2018 we managed it with a great start at the Glaramara Centre in Borrowdale, however we knew the coach journey wasn’t for everyone and the second half was somewhat lacking. It was rolling and sublime, a real test of legs after the first half, but not our Number 1 route choice. Now with the start in the true centre of the English Lake District, the valley of Great Langdale, we can host a circular route containing all the best bits and a few more corkers to add in there. This is truly an epic mountain race, starting in a truly epic location, passing many historical Lakeland mountaineering features/locations along the route, tying the race in with REAL Lakeland history”

Lets check out the all NEW Scafell Sky Race circular route.

Starting at the National Trusts Stickle Barn, right in the heart of the UNESCO status English Lake District, the route heads directly up the first mountain of the day, Harrison Stickle. This section used to be just after the Mid-Way Food Station, but now its BANG, straight into the first 650m climb, something to really get your teeth into and with some mild scrambling and exposed situations on route to the summit, it’s a real eye opener into what’s about to come.  The route now drops to Stickle Tarn and loops round the back of the epic Pavey Ark, one of Lakelands biggest rock faces, and heads over sublime high mountain moorland terrain to drop you into the head of Borrowdale and the start of the original route. Seathwaite Farm is where it all began in 2016 and this is where your ONLY ‘Food Station’ will be, so time to fill up on water and calories!

Now the epic route really begins with the classic and scrambly ascent of Sour Milk Ghyll, the tranquility of Gillercomb and the long ascent to the summit of Green Gable. Dropping from here down scree ridden paths, a traverse around Great Gable is now made on the highly technical and extreme single track that waists this domed summit, to take you past the birthplace of British Rock Climbing, Napes Needle. Expect easy un-graded scrambling on route with plenty of jaw dropping views and experiences on route.

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The race route continues now on very technical ground, ascending what is known as ‘The Corridor Route’ to the summit of England, Scafell Pike at 984m, expect boulders strewn around like a battlefield, technical ground, ungraded rock scrambling and extremely absorbing skyrunning. We stay high level now, ticking off summits along the way to Bowfell, the giant at the head of Great Langdale, the end is now in sight, but the fun certainly isn’t over yet. Dropping from the summit you descend into the Great Slab section before dropping into the ‘Climbers Traverse’ and on your final journey to ‘The Band’ to descend into Great Langdale and back to the final technical but low level track and of course your glory finish!

It might sound reasonable, maybe easy in some runner’s ears, but make no mistake’s, the second half of the route will chew you up and spit you out unless you have been eating mountain trails for breakfast. There are mountain trails and then there are ‘Mountain Trails’ on the Scafell Sky Race!

The first Sky Race in the “Skyrunner® UK • Ireland 2019 National Series”and we’re extremely confident it will blow your mind, body and soul right into the spirit of how the series will continue for 2019.

The organisers of the race have everything under control up there for you, using a team of highly skilled race coordinators operating a safety team making on the spot decisions should the weather conditions change on route. For this reason and the lack of ‘Graded Scrambling’ the LDST Team have decided on a non-vetted entry allowing everyone to take part…. But remember, don’t expect to be able to step off the roads and onto this race, it might not be vetted, there might not be graded scrambling, but it’s a very extreme 40km in the mountains with 3500m+ of ascent, just to check your legs are working!

Some comments from past competitors:

“The Scafell Sky Race is the most technical race I’ve ever done … even tougher than Tromso!” Lucy Bartholomew, 2017.

 

“The terrain and technical difficulty of the route was absolutely superb. I’ve been searching for something with this level of technical difficult and exposure and I will certainly be back! Hats off to the route planner!” – Michael Lucas, 2018

 

“Brilliant event. Brilliant organisation.” – Paul Molyneux, 2018

 

“The marshalls were all absolutely outstanding. So supportive and enthusiastic. They make the event.” Jonathan, 2018

 

“Awesome race across some incredibly picturesque country! Well marked course with fun obstacles, halfway watermelon snacks (amoung others) and well placed water stations. Had a smile on my face the whole way, great vibes all around!” – Joey Platts, 2018

 

“No other race has ever made me whoop and grin as much – the course is beautifully technical and is full of great little route-choice surprises. It has a bit of everything, from the best single-tracks I’ve ever run (honestly, the best!) to the lung-busting climbs, the rough steep descents, boulder hopping, scree-sliding, scrambling a little and then the lovely rolling mid-fell sheep tracks that make you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere for hours! I can’t recommend this race highly enough” – Lianna Bell, 2017

 

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WIN! A free place in one of the 2019 Skyrunner ® UK & IRELAND

Following on from the announcement of the 2019 Skyrunner ® UK & IRELAND calendar (HERE) Skyrunning UK is pleased to offer the chance for one man and one woman to win a place in one of the five races in four stunning locations that make up the 2019 series.

The 2019 calendar is all about participation and taking part in at least three races so that oner is able to compete in the overall series (a minimum three races are required).

Therefore, between December 7th 2018 and March 7th 2019 – enter three races, complete the form below, confirming which races you have entered and your name will be put into a hat and two winners will be announced on March 11th 2019.

The winner will gain free entry into a race of their choice from the 2019 calendar.

The Races

Scafell Sky Race on June 8th 

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Lakes Sky Ultra on July 13th

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Seven Sisters Skyline on July 28th

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Snowdon Skyline on September 15th

Enter HERE

Mourne Skyline MTR on October 19th (tbc)

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Please complete the form below and submit your entry.

YOU MUST HAVE ENTERED THREE RACES IN 2019 AND CONFIRM BY CHECKING THE RELEVANT BOXES BELOW.

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Skyrunning UK is pleased to announce the 2019 Skyrunner ® UK & IRELAND calendar.

Following on from the continued growth of skyrunning worldwide and the expansion of the Skyrunner ® World Series– Skyrunning UK is pleased to announce five races in four stunning locations that bring you the best of what the UK and Ireland has to offer.

The Races

The season will start in the iconic English Lakes with the Scafell Sky Race on June 8th.

Technical single-track and scree to 40m slab make this a classic 40km skyrunning route to be reckoned with. The circular ‘newly designed’ route allows you to run from the iconic National Trust’s Stickle Barn over Lakeland Fells and through Lakeland Valleys, whilst you summit England’s highest mountain on route and traverse some of the most challenging trails in the central Lake District.

“The Scafell Sky Race is the most technical race I’ve ever done … even tougher than Tromso! Emelie Forsberg would love it!”Lucy Bartholomew.

With sections of scree and light scrambling thrown in, Scafell Sky Race is a serious test of nerve, skill and endurance. Mountain experience and moving solo across highly technical mountain terrain is an essential skill for this classic skyrunning race. 

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The second race of the season also takes place in the English Lakes, Lakes Sky Ultra on July 13th.

You’ll need a good head for heights and nerves of steel: you’re going to traverse three of the most amazing ridge-lines in the Lake District: Beda Fell, remote and sublime, the bone shaking and very wild ridge of Long Stile Edge and the very alpine and rocky scramble of Swirral Edge. We’re talking serious ascent with some distance thrown in, 60km of Lake District paths, trails and rock with 5’000m ascent. 

We packed all the best central and eastern-Lake District mountain running trails we know into this course: you’ll go up and over Place Fell, Beda Fell, High Street, Thornthwaite Crag, Stoney Cove Pike, St Raven’s Edge, Red Screes, Dove Crag, Hart Crag, Fairfield, Dollywagon Pike, Nethermost Pike, Helvellyn with some of the most remote valleys in the area dropped in for good measure. It’s an epic day out to say the least.

And just as you think you can make the whole distance, we’ve added some new KoM Super Stages in to spice it all up. This year we will be combining the times for a real up-hill extravaganza, so remember to train ‘hill reps’ galore. It’s a race within a race, and the prizes will go to the runners who can dig the deepest in the final flight to the finish. 

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Ireland brings us a new race and experience for the ever-expanding calendar with the Seven Sisters Skyline on July 28th. 

Dunlewey officially known by its Irish name Dun Luiche is a small Gaeltacht village in the Gweedore area of County Donegal, North West Ireland, now host to the InauguralSeven Sisters Skyline. The Seven Sisters are the seven high peaks of the Derryveagh mountains. From southwest to northeast they are as follows, Errigal (751 m), Mackoght a.ka. Little Errigal (555 m), Aghla More (584 m), Ardloughnabrackbaddy (603 m),Aghla Beg (564 m), Crocknalaragagh (471 m)and Muckish (666 m).

The course is an out and back route which traverses 13 summits in total (Errigal once). The course is unique in that there are little or no tracks or paths, just wild open isolated mountains and hillsides. This stunning skyrunning race route incorporates technical sections on either side of the route at Muckish and Errigal mountains.

Scrambling, ridge running, steep technical descents and ascents and a multitude of mixed terrain makes the 50km Seven Sisters Skyline with 4000m of vertical gain a great addition to the 2019 Skyrunner ® UK & IRELAND calendar.

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Our fourth race is another new addition to the calendar and we once again welcome Wales in the Skyrunner ® UK & IRELANDcalendar with the stunning Snowdon Skyline on September 15th.

The event where the sky isn’t the limit, it’s where the fun begins! Nestled in the quiet valley of Nant Gwynant in Snowdonia, Hafod y Llan farm will play host to the inaugural Snowdon Skyline.

The 40km Skyline Sky Race gets stuck straight into its 3600m+ right away by ascending the famous Snowdon Watkin path to then traverse the stunning Y Lliwedd ridge. After Pen y Pass road crossing, a second sizeable ascent to the gnarly terrain of the Glyders awaits, before plunging down the Y Gribin ridge to the Ogwen Valley.

The course offers little respite as it immediately ascends the iconic Tryfan via its sublime north ridge scramble, weaving upwards through rocky outcrops and gullies on route to the summit. A technical descent followed by some lovely undulating trails back to Pen y Pass and runners are nearly ready to finish this unrelenting figure of eight route. The jewel in the crown is a westbound traverse of the infamous Crib Goch ridge, followed by a delightful run off Snowdon summit via its south ridge. A sting in the tail comes in the form of the last summit of Y Garn, before a final descent home to Nant Gwynant.

With a course designed by a race director and skyrunner, the inaugural Snowdon Skyline will be sure to test all limits of a runner’s ability! A grand tour of some of the UK’s most scenic trails, ridges and scrambles, it’s a dead cert to become an international skyrunning classic…

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The 2019 Skyrunner ® UK & IRELANDcalendar concludes with well-established and sell out race, the Mourne Skyline MTR – currently it has a scheduled date of October 19th (land permissions allowing tbc)

The Mourne Mountains are a granite mountain range in County Down in the south-east of Northern Ireland. Owned by the National Trust, an area of outstanding beauty, it includes Slieve Donard (850m), the highest mountain in Northern Ireland and Ulster and as such it provides a perfect location for a mountain race.

Among the more famous features, the Mourne Wall is a key element of this region and a key aspect of the race. Construction of the wall was started in 1904 and was completed in 1922; its purpose, to define the boundary of an area of land purchased by the Belfast Water Commission.

Comprised of forest path, fire roads, single track, granite trail and tough uneven broken fell, the race is a tough challenge. In just 35km the course has a brutal 3370m of ascent and no less than 9 peaks, the highest being Slieve Donard at 850m.

The mountains of Northern Ireland may not have the height or elevation gain the Alps or Pyrenees offer, but what they lack in height is more than compensated for in technicality and repeated roller coaster climbing. Ask anyone who has run it, the Mourne Skyline MTR is no easy race.

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The Series

The Skyrunner ® UK & IRELANDseries is combined of five races and to be the best-of-the-best, runners must take part in at least three races. Points are awarded based on results and the male and female runner with the most points will be crowned as the Skyrunner ® UK & IRELANDchampion of 2019.

A Skyrunning World Ranking is a rolling 52-week ranking based on all the points awarded to the athletes from his/her participation in: Skyrunner® World Series races, Skyrunner National Series, Skyrunning World Championships and Skyrunning Continental Championships.

Importantly, from 2019, the Skyrunner® World Seriesseason will end with a Sky Mastersrace gathering only the best athletes who qualified over the season. SMSA offers to Skyrunner® National Series Skyrunner ® UK & IRELAND qualifying paths. 

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