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.
In response to the Cornavirus a number of additional measures have been put in place for the safety of all involved with the event. Please read the Coronavirus Measures page before you enter the event and check it again a few days beforehand to pick up on any updates. (2020 info TBC for 2021)
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, heights and terrain that would be typical for each class in this type of event. Reasonable route choices will not lead comptitors into hazards although the free-navigation nature of the event makes this the responsibility of the competitor.
⦁ All teams are required to carry basic safety kit.
⦁ Some checkpoints are manned with radio or mobile phone 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 SPORTIdent ™ timing system giving information on competitors’ progress through the courses.
⦁ If the weather is exceptionally poor, we may opt to use shorter ‘Bad Weather Courses’.
⦁ All officials 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
IMPORTANT CONTACT INFO
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