The 2011 Mourne Way Marathon will be on Saturday 11 June 2011
In addition to the Marathon there will also be an “Ultra Marathon” which will be an out and back format along part of the route of the Mourne Way Marathon, a Half Marathon and a 10k run / walk incorporated into the route – these races, like the Marathon, will also finish in Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor. There will also be a “Challenge Walk” on the day along the full 26 mile route of the Mourne Way.
The route of the Mourne Way Ultra Marathon, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and Challenge Walk DOES NOT cross the tops of any mountains. It traverses the foothills of the mountains as opposed to crossing them. You will be able to enjoy the views of the mountains without having to climb them.
The main event will see competitors race the 26 miles of the Mourne Way from Newcastle to Rostrevor, Co Down. This route is a linear route, almost entirely off road, traversing the foothills of the Mourne Mountains passing Tollymore Forest, Fofanny Dam, Spelga Dam, Leitrim Lodge and Yellow Water before arriving at the finish in Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor.
The route will be fully waymarked.
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.
Check out some footage from last year’s event:
For full details go to www.26extreme.com