The safety and wellbeing of all our participants has always been at the heart of the Mourne Mountain Marathon. For us to hold the event under these extraordinary circumstances, we have put in place a range of measures to keep you and ourselves safe, as well as to comply with government regulations and advice.

These measures are subject to change – as government advice changes – and we will keep you updated through this webpage, social media and direct emails to entrants as appropriate.

YOU MUST NOT attend the event if:

  • You are Shielding
  • You are unwell with a cough, fever or other Covid-19 symptoms
  • You have been in close contact with anyone who is suspected of or confirmed as having Covid-19 in the 14 days before this event
  • You are undergoing testing for suspected Coronavirus
  • You have been out of the UK or Ireland within the last 14 days **EXCEPT from exempted countries & territories – See the NI Direct website for the current rules and advice

General

Our main objective is to ensure Social Distancing and minimise touch points throughout this event. Please note and pay careful attention to the instructions below and to any others given by the marshals and organisers on the weekend.

Anyone who refuses to observe these safety measures and any others we feel necessary on the day, will be retired from the event and asked to leave.

Entering the Event

At the point of opening entries we have made plans and arrangements that we expect will meet Government NI regulations, national governing body rules  and the Sport NI framework for Return to Sport . However, there are some unknowns and dependencies at this time that may require us to make changes in the weeks before the event.

Entry numbers are limited to 150 in order to comply with current regulations regarding group size and maintaining social distancing. Start Times are provisional and we will publish confirmed times a week before the event. These will be as close as we can make them to the times you have selected upon entry.

Each team must bring an extra tent to be used at the overnight camp for Social Distancing. We will transport this tent to the campsite for you. Participants may share a single tent – within one team or between teams –  if they are from the same household or a “support bubble”. You will need to supply the names of persons sharing when making your online entry. Please bear in mind that you will have to put up and take down two tents, so large, complicated tents are probably not a good idea.

Arrival and Registration

  • Start Times are pre-allocated so that we can minimise the number of people at the various stages of the event. Please time your arrival so that you can register and get to the start just in time.
  • Registration should only take 15min and the start is a 5min walk
  • Observe the 2m Social Distancing in the registration queue
  • Be prepared to offer items for inspection at kit check
  • Each competitor must carry a 50ml bottle of hand sanitiser and a face covering
  • Hand over your 2nd tent which we will take to the overnight campsite.
  • Leave the registration hall promptly and wait outside until it is time to go to the start

Start Day 1

  • Present yourself at the Start 5min before your Start Time
  • Observe the 2m Social Distancing in the registration queue

Out on the course (Day 1 and Day 2)

  • During the race please be aware of who is around you and try to maintain distance especially when approaching Checkpoints
  • Do not touch the SI Control boxes – use contactless punching
  • Minimise contact when crossing stiles or gate and use hand sanitiser afterwards
  • When you stop for a break please sit away from the Checkpoint so that you do not impede access for others. Use hand sanitiser before eating
  • In an emergency if you have to attend to an injured person be aware of the risk of infection and try to balance that against the need to help the person
  • If you need to out up your tent due to bad weather, injury or nightfall, use your face coverings and continue to maintain social distancing and good hygiene

Finish Day 1

  • Keep 2m distance in the SI Card Download queue
  • We suggest you go and wash your hands and face at the earliest opportunity
  • There will be no results screens, however results will be uploaded to our website through the day and can be viewed individually on smartphones

Campsite

  • Collect your 2nd tent from us which will have been transported to the campsite
  • Tents to be spaced with 2m between doorways / vestibules
  • Cooking – Food preparation may be shared but great care must be taken to ensure good hygiene. E.g. one person to do the cooking. Use separate utensils & bowls. Do not share uncooked food such as fruit or biscuits etc.
  • Water – Observe the 2m Social Distancing in the queues
  • Toilets – Observe the 2m Social Distancing in the queues and use the hand sanitiser provided upon exit

The overnight camp is the highest risk part of the event so please do your very best to maintain Social Distancing and hygiene during your stay. Even if you do not feel particularly vulnerable, other competitors may have more reason to be concerned. RESPECT their safety and wellbeing.

Retirements

Transport will be available back to the event centre, but you will be required to wear your face covering for the journey.

Start Day 2

  • You may start any time between 8am and 8.45am but starts will be staggered across the courses to allow a safe gap between teams
  • Keep 2m distance in the start queue

Finish Day 2

  • Keep 2m distance in the SI Card Download queue
  • There will be no results screens however results will be uploaded to our website through the day and can be viewed individually on smartphones.
  • There will be no showers or changing facilities
  • Toilets will be available
  • Outdoor taps and hand sanitiser stations will be provided
  • Refreshments will be provided but there will be no indoor seating. A large outdoor area will be available for relaxing and socialising – but please still maintain a safe distance

Book your place on the Mourne Mountain Marathon today!