Does your county 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 Counties Mountain Race is a unique outdoor sports competition contested in the Irish uplands. The Race is open to individual hillwalkers who 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, hillwalkers representing their home county 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 county in Ireland can be represented by up to five of its resident hillwalkers.
- Take part in the All-Ireland Individuals Mountain Race (click here for participation instructions).
- Boost your county's chances in the All-Ireland Counties Mountain Race by inviting your fellow county men and women to take part. Feel free to do this by sharing your county's team page link on social media. Click here for county team pages.
- Each county in Ireland appears as an option in the Mountain Challenge Completion Forms. Let us know on the form which county 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.
Each team's race time will equal the combined total times of its five fasted participants. If a county is represented by fewer than five of its resident hillwalkers, 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 counties who accumulate the fastest overall combined times during the sport hillwalking season will secure the top three placings in that year's All-Ireland Counties 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 county are identified.
- Each county's overall race time is tallied and the three highest-scoring counties are identified.
- The three walking clubs with the fastest times are announced in October.
- The 2021 All-Ireland Counties 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 - Team County Cork (184hrs 47mins)