Do you have what it takes to be Ireland's top challenge hillwalker? If so, we are delighted to offer you that chance. The All-Ireland Individuals Mountain Race is a unique outdoor sports competition contested in the Irish uplands. The Race is open to 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 must log the relevant mountain summit visits for each of 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 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.
- Download the Peakhunter app to your smartphone and set up a profile. Peakhunter is our official logging partner.
- Sign into the Peakhunter app on your smartphone. You should only have to do this once.
- Choose at least 3 different mountain challenges to undertake between the Spring Equinox and the Autumn Equinox.
- Visit all of the required summits in each of your chosen mountain challenges. Summits can be visited in any order.
- Log each summit visit using the Peakhunter app while present at the location.
- Register each of your completed challenges by filling out and submitting its respective Mountain Challenge Completion Form.
- To become an official entrant in any category of the All-Ireland Mountain Race, you must complete at least 3 different mountain challenges between the Spring Equinox and the Autumn Equinox. Each challenge completion must be registered using its respective Mountain Challenge Completion Form no later than 30th September.
- Your time for each challenge starts on the first summit to be logged using the Peakhunter app and finishes on the last summit to be logged. Challenge start and finish times are recorded as time stamps in these logs.
- To register a completion for a mountain challenge, it must start and finish on the same day, preferably during daylight hours. All summit visits must have the same date in their time-stamped Peakhunter log entries. If you start and finish a challenge on two different dates, consecutive or otherwise, it can not be counted towards the All-Ireland Mountain Race.
- If you do not complete a challenge or register its completion, its respective default time will be applied to your All-Ireland Mountain Race total time.
- If you register a completion for a challenge and your actual recorded time is more than that challenge's default time, the actual recorded time will be applied to your All-Ireland Mountain Race total time.
- If you register a completion for a challenge and your actual recorded time is less than that challenge's minimum time, the challenge's minimum time will be applied to your All-Ireland Mountain Race total time. This is to encourage participants to walk the challenge rather than run it. This is a walking race.
- Each race entrant can omit up to 21 mountain challenges. For each challenge not completed, its respective default time will be applied to the participant's overall race time.
- Mountain Challenge Completion Forms received after 30th September will not be considered.
- At the end of the competition season, the 5 highest point-scorers from each club, county and province will become the respective club's, county's and province's official Highpointeering team for that year.
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 individuals who accumulate the fastest overall race times during the sport hillwalking season will secure the top three placings in that year's All-Ireland Individuals 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 three fastest overall times are identified.
- The three race participants with the fastest overall times are announced in October.
The winner of the All-Ireland Individuals Mountain Race will be the person who records the lowest combined total time for all 24 of our mountain challenges.
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 above) will be applied to the participant's overall race time.
Every walking club, county and province in Ireland can be represented in the Race's team categories. Each team's race time will equal the combined total times of its five fasted participants. If a club, county or province team has fewer than five representatives, each empty place will be assigned the total default time of all 24 mountain challenges. The winner in each category will be the team of five (including empty places) who records the lowest combined total time for all 24 mountain challenges.
- The 2021 All-Ireland Individuals 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 - Dillon Lynch (92hrs 9mins)
- 2nd PLACE - Patrick O'Brien (92hrs 38mins)