Does your club have what it takes to be Ireland's top challenge hillwalking team? If so, we are delighted to offer you that chance. The All-Ireland Clubs Mountain Race is a unique outdoor sports competition contested in the Irish uplands. The Race is open to walking clubs represented by individual members who each complete at least three of Ireland's twenty-four mountain challenges during the sport hillwalking season. These challenges were created in 2021 as part of The Ireland Walking Guide project. To take part in the race, club members must each log the relevant mountain summit visits for their chosen challenges while present on site and register their challenge completions with us via our online forms no later than 30th September.
In order to take part in any category of the All-Ireland Mountain Race, hillwalkers must participate in the All-Ireland Individuals Mountain Race. This initiative requires individual hillwalkers to complete at least three of the twenty-four separate mountain challenges during the sport hillwalking season, log the relevant mountain summit visits for each using the Peakhunter smartphone app, and register the completed challenges with us via the appropriate Mountain Challenge Completion Form hosted on our website. Each participating walking club can be represented by up to five of its members. The Clubs League is only open to clubs who have a profile page on The Ireland Walking Guide website.
Instructions for individual club members
- Take part in the All-Ireland Individuals Mountain Race (click here for participation instructions).
- Let your club committee know that you are representing the club in the All-Ireland Clubs Mountain Race.
- Direct a member of your club's committee to the "Instructions for club committee members" below to ensure that your club is eligible to be represented in the All-Ireland Clubs Mountain Race.
- If your club is eligible to be represented it will have a profile page on The Ireland Walking Guide website and appear as an option in the Mountain Challenge Completion Forms. Let us know on the form which club you are representing.
Only participants who register completions for at least 3 of our mountain challenges during the season will be entered into the race. This means that a race entrant can omit up to 21 challenges. For each mountain challenge not completed, its respective default time (see mountain challenges pages) will be applied to the participant's overall race time.
Instructions for club committee members
- Please make sure that your club has a profile page on The Ireland Walking Guide website (click here to get this set up). Clubs without a profile page cannot be included as an option on the Mountain Challenge Completion Forms, preventing them from being represented in the Clubs Race.
- If your club has a profile page, tell your fellow members about the Clubs League and that they can contribute to the club's official score by participating in the All-Ireland Individuals Mountain Race competition.
- If your club members together clock one of the three fastest overall combined club times, we will email you a Clubs Entry Form. Failure to submit a Clubs Entry Form will cost your club the top-3 placing earned by its members. In this case, your club's placing will be offered to the next placed club and so on until we have an official top-3. Failure to submit a Clubs Entry Form would also rule out your club's chance of winning the All-Ireland Hillwalking Clubs Championship. Submission of a completed Clubs Entry Form is the official confirmation of a walking club's participation in the All-Ireland Clubs Mountain Race. It is also our way of verifying that individuals claiming to represent your club are in fact members of your club.
- Complete and submit the online Club Entry Form before the end of 15th October (unless instructed otherwise by email).
Every walking club with a profile page on The Ireland Walking Guide website can be represented by its members in the Club Race. Each team's race time will equal the combined total times of its five fasted participants. If a club is represented by fewer than five of its members, each empty place will be assigned the total default time of all 24 mountain challenges. The winner will be the team of five (including empty places) who records the lowest combined total time for all 24 mountain challenges.
Every individual hillwalker who also takes part in the All-Ireland Highpointeering Leagues as well as the Mountain Race (and submits the relevant online forms for each) during the same sport hillwalking season is automatically entered into the All-Ireland Hillwalking Championships for that year. Hillwalkers who only take part in one of the two competitions will not qualify for that year's Individuals Championship but their efforts can still help to boost their club's, county's and province's chances in the team championships.
The three walking clubs who accumulate the fastest overall combined times during the sport hillwalking season will secure the top three placings in that year's All-Ireland Clubs Mountain Race. The selection process is as follows:
- All submitted Mountain Challenge Completion Forms are automatically added to a secure spreadsheet.
- Each completed Mountain Challenge Completion Form received is manually checked and verified.
- After the submissions deadline (30th September), the final version of the spreadsheet containing all verified Mountain Challenge Completion Forms received during the year is interrogated and the five highest-scoring entrants from each walking club are identified.
- Each club's overall race time is tallied and the three highest-scoring clubs are identified.
- A Clubs Entry form is emailed to each of the three highest-scoring walking clubs to be completed and submitted no later than 15th October. If any of the three highest-scoring clubs fail to submit a Clubs Entry Form, it will loose out on the top-3 placing earned by its members. In this case, the club's placing will be offered to the 4th placed club and so on until we have an official top-3. Failure to submit a Clubs Entry Form would also rule out the club's chance of winning the All-Ireland Hillwalking Clubs Championship.
- The three walking clubs with the fastest times are announced in October.
- The 2021 All-Ireland Clubs Mountain Race was scheduled to start on 20th March but has been postponed due to the travel restrictions which are in place to minimise the spread of Covid-19.
- Click here to find out how you can take part.
- Results will be announced in October 2021.
- WINNER - No clubs were represented