Do you have what it takes to become an Irish hillwalking champion? If so, we are delighted to offer you that chance. The All-Ireland Hillwalking Individuals 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 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 individual will be selected as the All-Ireland Hillwalking Individuals Champion each year. The selection process is as follows:
- The top ten hillwalkers who entered BOTH the Individuals Race AND the Individuals League competition during the same year will be shortlisted. They will be ranked from 10 to 1 in each of the two competitions based on their overall places (10 being the highest placing and 1 being the lowest placing among the shortlisted ten).
- Each shortlisted hillwalker's final score will be the sum of their two rankings.
- The hillwalker 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 hillwalker who counted most Peakhunter logs towards that year's Individual Race and Individuals League combined.
- If there is still a draw for first place, the Champion will be the hillwalker whose Peakhunter logs for that year's Individual Race and Individuals League were all recorded within the shortest time period.
- The 2021 All-Ireland Hillwalking Individuals 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 - Dillon Lynch