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Saturday 20th April 2024

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Tuesday 27th February 2024 at 13:00
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Wednesday 17th April 2024 at 23:00
Courses
Granite Peaks Ultra; Granite Peaks 25
Entries So Far
132 Participants
Entry Fees
Granite Peaks Ultra   £77.00   
Granite Peaks 25   £47.00   
Contact
CiarĂ¡n McAleenan

NIMRA host the Granite Peaks Ultra/ Granite Peaks

The Granite Peaks Ultra (50km) event starts at 9:00am on 20th April 2024 at Tollymore Forest Park, Bryansford, just outside the rear of the Tollymore Outdoor Centre. From there it makes its way down the hill, turning right at the bottom and heading over Parnell’s Bridge towards the Kings Grave, and beyond to Trassey Track. The route continues up Trassey Track turns right once through the upper stile and heads for Happy Valley where it follows the track up to cross the Mourne Wall at the col between Meelmore and Meelbeg, proceeding in an anti-clockwise direction following the wall to the dam at Silent Valley. 

The race will continue up the access road alongside the Silent Valley and Ben Crom Reservoirs climbing the steps and making its way to the Slieve Binnian summit, via the Slievelamaghan/ Binnian col where it will follow the Mourne Wall down to the track at the edge of Annalong Wood. From there it will go up the track past the Blue Lough to Slievelamaghan and make its ways to The Brandy Pad, via Cove Mountain and Slieve Beg. It continues in an easterly direction to reach the Mourne Wall at the foot of Rocky where it again will turn left towards the Bog of Donard before ascending Slieve Donard, Commedagh, Slieve Corragh and Slievenaglogh. At which point it descends in the direction of Hares Gap where it will cross at the stile (above Hares Gap) descending what is lovingly referred to as the ‘green ramp’ back on to Trassey Track heading back into Tollymore Forest to the finish line.

Granite Peaks Ultra (50km) Cut Off points

Cut off 1 Location Ben Crom Dam
  Grid Reference 315 255
  Distance 22km
  Cut off from start 5 hours
  Time of day 2:00PM
  Average pace (km/ hour) 4:40 kph
Cut off 2 Location Carricklittle Path
  Grid Reference 341 231
  Distance 27km
  Cut off from start 6.5 hours
  Time of day 3:30PM
  Average pace (Km/ hour) 4:15 kph
Cut off 3 Location Brandy pad (below Slieve Beg)
  Grid Reference 343 279
  Distance 34km
  Cut off from start 8 hours
  Time of day 5:00 PM
  Average pace (Km/hour) 4:25 kph
Finish Cut off Location Finish Line (Tollymore)
  Grid Reference 3300 3225
  Distance 50km
  Cut off from start 11.5 hours
  Time of day 8:30 PM
  Average pace (Km/hour) 4:35 kph

 

Granite Peaks Ultra (50km) Route Map

The Granite Peaks 25 event starts at 11:00am at Tollymore Forest Park, Bryansford, just outside the rear of the Tollymore Outdoor Centre. From there it makes its way towards the Kings Grave, and beyond towards Trassey Track. The route continues up Trassey Track turns right once through the upper stile and heads for Happy Valley where it follows the track up to cross the Mourne Wall at the col between Meelmore and Meelbeg, proceeding in an anti-clockwise direction following the wall to the stile at the col between Slieve Loughshannagh and Carn Mountain. 

From there the race takes a left turn down the track between Loughshannagh and Doan all the way down to the top of Ben Crom Dam. Crossing the dam the race continues leftwards and follows the track along the shoreline of Ben Crom Reservoir, taking the track just to the left of the river at the north end of the dam that leads up onto the Brandy Pad. At that point the races takes a left and follows the Brandy Pad to Hare’s Gap where it turns right, climbing the steps to the Mourne Wall continuing until it reaches the stile (at the top of the ‘green ramp’). Crossing the stile the race descends the ‘Green Ramp’ to the Trassey Track and makes its way back into Tollymore Forest, past the Kings Grave ending at the Tollymore Outdoor Centre.

Granite Peak 25km Cut Off points      

Cut off 1 Location Ben Crom Dam
  Grid Reference  315 255
  Distance 13km
  Cut off from start 3 hours
  Time of day 2:00PM
  Average pace (km/ hour) 4:33 kph
Finish Cut off Location Finish Line (Tollymore)
  Grid Reference 3300 3225
  Distance 25km
  Cut off from start 5.5 hours
  Time of day 4:30 PM
  Average pace (Km/ hour) 4:55 kph

 

Granite Peaks 25 Route Map

 

For both distances full race kit will be required including body cover (waterproof trousers, waterproof coat, hat & gloves), whistle, fell shoes. No road trainers.

The race routes will be clearly marked and tracked, using Primal Tracking.  Entries will not be available on race day. Please note walking poles, headphones or earbuds are not permitted in accordance with NIMRA race guidelines. The full Safety, Health and Wellbeing assessment and controls sheet is available on http://www.granitepeaksultra.com/

Help us reduce waste. Please bring you own water bottles and fill at the Tollymore Outdoor Centre, before starting Water will be available at designated aid stations also. No water bottles will be provided.

The full Habitat Impact Assessment and controls sheet is available on http://www.granitepeaksultra.com/

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Event Location
Tollymore Outdoor Centre, BT33 0PZ