Mourne Way Marathon - 11/06/ 2016

Mourne Way Marathon

The 2016 Mourne Way Marathon will take place on Saturday 11 June 2016.

Having established itself as one of Ireland’s premier off road running events the 2016 event is set to attract participants from across the world that will come to compete alongside fellow runners on this spellbinding route.

In 2016 we are offering Ultra Marathon, Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k distances.  There will be a challenge walk event for a charity, which will be released in due course.  

The beauty of the Mourne Way events is that all routes are fully waymarked and do not cross the tops of any mountains. They traverse the foothills of the mountains as opposed to crossing them and in doing so all participants will be able to enjoy the views of the mountains without having to climb them. The Mourne Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a unique; largely granite landscape shaped by ice and man, with stunning vistas of coast, sea and countryside and all competitors will get a chance to take in these sights along the route. As with all 26 Extreme events, there will be a high level of support and feed stations en route.

Participants in all events will be chipped timed by our timing partner ChampionChip Ireland. 


On the 11 June 2016 runners from across Ireland, the UK and Europe will once again step up to the start line in one of the Mourne Way events.

There will be five distance options on the day with the cost to enter each event being as follows:- 
Online Registration closes when the event is full.   
  Up to 31st May 1st April - Event Close
Ultra Marathon £50 £55 (£5 late entry fee)
Marathon £40 £45 (£5 late entry fee)
Half Marathon £30 £35 (£5 late entry fee)
10k £25 £25

*Included in registration fee:- free parking, bus transfers, fully marked and marshalled route, chipped timing, feed stations, bib number, finishers medal, finishers tech tee, beer and food at finish line.

Professional event medical cover, professional marshalling team, fully way marked route, plenty of feed stations...what more could you need?!  
Please note - this information below is provisional and subject to change.  Please consult FINAL INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS after the event closing date as this information may change.   

Event Registration Times - Friday 10 June 2016 

26 Extreme Shop, The Square, Warrenpoint, Co Down

ALL EVENTSFRIDAY 10 JUNE 2016 - 3.00PM - 7.00PM

Event Registration Times - Saturday 11 June 2016    

Kilbroney Park Rostrevor

Ultra Marathon Saturday 11 June 2016 5.30am – 5.50am
Challenge Walk
Saturday 11 June 2016 6.30am - 7.00am
Saturday 11 June 2016 7.00am – 10.30am
Half Marathon
Saturday 11 June 2016 10.30am - 1.00pm 
5km & 10km Run / Walk
Saturday 11 June 2016 1.00pm – 2.00pm

** It is VERY IMPORTANT to register on time and during the appropriate time slot as bus transport will be departing for the start location of each event once the registration for that event closes.

Event Start Times

Ultra Marathon 6.00am
Challenge Walk 8.00am
Marathon 12.30pm
Half Marathon 2.00pm
5k/10k Run / Walk 3.00pm

Event Cut Off Times

Ultra Marathon 12.30pm at 42km 3.30pm at 63km 6.00pm at 74km 6.30 at 79km
Challenge Walk 12.30pm at 21km 3.30pm at 32km 4.30pm at 37km
Marathon 3.30pm at 21km 6.00pm at 32km 6.30pm at 37km

Why not make a weekend out of the race – in addition to the Mourne Way Marathon Events, there are some fantastic restaurants and pubs in the locality and you can enjoy the food and hospitality on offer, when the party ends, well into the wee hours.

There are various B&B’s and Campsites available in the vicinity of the event centre at Kilbroney Park. The main hub of activity and accommodation will be in Rostrevor and Warrenpoint villages. If you are intending on staying close to the event centre it would be wise to book early as the accommodation will fill up fast.

List of Accommodation

Lecale Cottages
Tel 028 4173 8727
Kilbroney Park (Caravan& Camping) Tel 028 417 38134
An Radhairc
Tel 00353 87 2646415
Fir Trees Bed & Breakfast
Tel 028 417 38602
Tel 028 417 38281

The Whistledown Hotel
Tel 028 4175 4174
The Boathouse Inn
Tel 028 417 53743
Ryan B&B Tel 028 417 72506

The Cnocnafeola Hostel
Tel 028 417 65859

Kilmorey Arms Hotel
Tel 028 417 622209

The Cuan Licensed Guest Inn

For Further information on accommodation please log onto the local Council Websites:

The Newry and Mourne website ( lists many types of accommodation from four star hotels to campsites. Accommodation information can be found under the Tourism section of the site. Down District Council’s website ( has information on hotels, campsites, B&B’s, hostels etc.

Please note that this section will be added to as questions are asked by competitors.

1) Where can I find the route maps for each event?

Click on the links below to view the full details for each route -

2) How difficult is each event?

Without us knowing your level of fitness the answer to this question is difficult but we would say that unless you have put in the training and have the miles in your legs please do not enter a distance option that you know will be out of your league. We have five distance options – choose carefully!

3) Do you have any recommended kit for the event?

Running shoes (trail runners or ordinary runners) / Walking Boots, Hydration pack or water bottle, Energy snacks, Windproof top, Hat or Buff ® Participants must be aware that weather conditions along the coastline can change and deteriorate rapidly and should bring appropiate clothing to keep them warm in any adverse weather. It is also essential that all competitors undertake a training programme in the months leading up to this event to ensure the day is as memorable as possible.

4) Where is the parking area for the event?

All competitors MUST report to Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor, Co Down for registration, kit check, and race briefing. All vehicles can be left at the registration area and we would ask that as many people as possible car pool for the event. With the exception of the Ultra Runners, all competitors will be transported to the appropiate start location for their event by bus. For those who are being guided by GPS the postcode for the entrance to Kilbroney Park is BT34 3AA

5) Where is the event registration area?

On Friday registration will be at the 26 Extreme shop in The Square, Warrenpoint, Co Down. On Saturday registration for all events will take place in Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor Co. Down alongside the finish area.

6) What's included in my entry fee?

Professionally organised event by 26 Extreme, fully qualified marshal assistance, VAT, Online Registration Fee, Public Liability insurance, Bus Transfer for participants from Kilbroney Park to the start of their event (if applicable), First Responder Paramedic cover, ChampionChip electronic timing system, Race number, Course marking, Manned hydration and feed stations, T-Shirt, Finishers Medal, Prizes for each category, Finish Line Nutrition.

7) Is there anything sent to me in the post before the event?

No, all information and items to include race numbers, timing chip and other information associated with the event will be given to you upon registration on the day of the event.

8) Are there any feed / hydration stations?

There will be hydration / feed stations at various locations along the route.Ultra Marathon Checkpoints (mile 3, 6, 9, 12, 16, 22, 26, 30, 34, 40, 43, 46, 49, Finish), Marathon and Challenge Walk Checkpoints (mile 4, 8, 14, 17, 20, 23, Finish), Half Marathon Checkpoints (mile 4, 7, 10, finish), 10km (at the 5km point) & 5km (none)- Finish line water and food for all participants.

9) Where is the best place for my family to see me taking part?

Family and friends are more than welcome to come along to this event to show support. Supporters also add an atmosphere and additional energy to the experience for all the other participants and the crew. The best place for your supporters is at the run into the finish in Kilbroney Park as there will be a festival type atmosphere in the park that day. We also have listed the premium spots along the route for spectating and they can be viewed by clicking HEREPlease Note:It is asked that spectators follow the recommendations of the organisers in order to prevent bottle necks and congestion.

10) Can I raise money for Charity?

Yes, we have no problem with participants raising money for charities and other worthwhile causes. We have a series of Charity partners and if you are yet undecided as to what charity you will raise money for please here.

11) Do you have any Rules that I have to adhere to?

The event is open to runners, and walkers of 18 years of age and over. Participants must ensure they have appropriate footwear, clothing and have access to water and energy food whilst competing. All participants must refer to the recommended kit list. All participants must follow the prescribed course & adhere to the spirit of the event by showing courtesy to other trail users, dropping no litter – we operate a Leave No Trace Policy. If you drop your rubbish you WILL be disqualified. Leaving gates as found and offering fellow runners who are injured, exhausted or confused, help and support.

12) Will I have to sign a Disclaimer?

Yes, by entering the event you will be bound by the event disclaimer.

Mourne Mountains Brewery: -
Mourne Mountains Brewery is Warrenpoint’s first ever brewery opened in 2015.
Our mission is to produce “Honest local beer brewed by hand in small batches in the Mournes”.
Our beers are the Big Rock Wheat Beer, which is a 5% alcohol beer with a copper colour, banana and spicy hop aroma and a malty and clove rock flavour. A sure favourite with those seeking an adventurous beer. Our second beer is the Mourne Gold which is a pale gold 4% abv beer with delicate fruity hop aroma and a clean balanced flavour. Our third beer is the Red Trail IPA which is a red india pale ale with an intense pine needle, citrus and resinous hop aroma and a dry finish. This beer is 5.5% abv and a perfect beer to finish a mountain bike run on the red trail.

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