Does your county have what it takes to become an Irish hillwalking team champion? If so, we are delighted to offer you that chance. The All-Ireland Hillwalking Counties Championship is the ultimate outdoor sports competition contested in the Irish uplands. It is free to enter and is open to all experienced hillwalkers.
To take part, hillwalkers must participate as individuals in both the All-Ireland Mountain Race and All-Ireland Highpointeering League competitions. Both of these initiatives require participants to visit specified upland locations throughout Ireland, log them using the Peakhunter smartphone app, and register them with us via the online forms hosted on our website.
During the sport hillwalking season, the Mountain Race and Highpointeering League competitions are run as two separate initiatives, each with its own winners. The sport hillwalking season starts on the day of the Spring Equinox in late March and finishes six months later on the Autumn Equinox in late September.
For full details of our county team competitions, please follow the links below.
Every individual hillwalker who takes part in BOTH the Mountain Race AND Highpointeering Leagues (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.
One county will be selected as the All-Ireland Hillwalking Counties Champion each year. The selection process is as follows:
- Each county can be represented by up to five hillwalkers in the Counties Race and Counties League. Counties not represented in both initiatives will not qualify for that year's championship. Each initiative can have its own specialist sub-team. This means that a county team can comprise up to ten individuals in total if five members represent it in the Counties Race and a different five represent it in the Counties League.
- The counties represented in BOTH the Counties Race AND Counties League during the same year will be ranked from 10 to 1 in each of the two competitions based on their overall placings (10 being the highest placing and 1 being the lowest placing).
- Each county's final score will be the sum of its two rankings.
- The county with the highest final score will be announced as the Champion for that year.
- In the event of a draw, the Champion will be the county whose team members counted most Peakhunter logs towards that year's Counties Race and Counties League combined.
- If there is still a draw for first place, the Champion will be the county whose Peakhunter logs for that year's Counties Race and Counties League competitions were all recorded within the shortest time period.
- The 2021 All-Ireland Hillwalking Counties Championship 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.
- Result will be announced in October 2021.
- CHAMPION - Team County Cork