This event is run in accordance with the rules and safety requirements of the Fell Runners Association. Safety is of paramount importance in this event and the  Health and Safety Plan  and the Rules of the Event have been drawn up to minimise the risks to both competitors and organisers. Before taking part in the event you must read these and acknowledge this on the entry form.

The Mourne Mountain Marathon is a 2 day mountain navigation race. Competitors work in teams of 2 and have to be completely self-sufficient for the 2 days in all aspects of hill walking including food, camping gear, navigation and safety. Only fresh water*, toilets and rubbish disposal are provided at the overnight camp. Mountain areas in Britain and Ireland can have very unpredictable and severe weather conditions and the terrain can be very difficult. Competitors are responsible for ensuring they are fit and experienced enough for an event of this nature and must  take responsibility for their own safety and actions throughout.

*Water may be from a stream or spring.

The main safety features of the event are:

  • Courses are carefully planned with distances and heights typical of this type of event and such as not to lead competitors into hazards.
  • All teams are required to carry basic safety kit.
  • Some checkpoints are manned with with radio or telephone communication to ensure competitors stay in their teams and to provide a reporting point should someone get into difficulty.
  • Cut-off times at some checkpoints to ensure that teams which are struggling are retired before they get into difficulty.
  • Reporting procedure combined with SPORT Ident ™ timing system giving information on competitors’ progress through the courses.
  • All organisers are experienced in mountain skills and/or this type of event or will be supervised by someone who is.
  • A comprehensive Health and Safety Plan (and Risk Assessment )


MMM Contact number : TBC (event weekend only)
Mountain Rescue : 999 or 192 and ask for Mountain Rescue

Mountain Rescue will not be called out by the organisers unless an accident or incident is reported.

Nearest A&E Hospital :

Daisy Hill Hospital
5 Hospital Road
BT35 8DR