Now in its third year, the fantastic Nephin Up and Over Challenge on the region’s highest mountain takes place on Saturday, April 13th at 1pm. The competition, which starts and finishes in Lahardane, consists of a road run and ascent of Nephin, a descent down the other side and a road run back to the village.
Beautiful Nephin mountain, standing at 806 metres is even higher than Croagh Patrick. The views from the summit are breathtaking and encompass Clew Bay to the west and Lough Conn and Lough Cullen to the east. Legend has it that on a clear day, you can see seven counties from the top.
Afterwards, there’ll be a prizegiving ceremony in Murphy’s Pub, Lahardane Village, and of course some refreshments and entertainment too.
In 2017, the male winner, David Sands romped home in 1hr 27m 32s, while Rachel Nolan took the women’s title in 1h 52m 22s.
The record for 2018 was set by David Sands at a very impressive 1 hr 23m 13 s. Ladies record was set by Deirdre Galvin at 1 hr 39m 09s.
The Nephin Up and Over Challenge starts with a 3.5km road run from scenic Lahardane village in North Mayo to the foot of Nephin Mountain, an ascent from Carrowskeheen and descent by Cloughbrack followed by a 6.5km road run back to Lahardane.
If any walkers or hikers just want to climb the mountain , then transport will be available to Nephin mountain and back.
The Up and Over Challenge commences at 1pm on Saturday, April 13th 2019. Spaces for Up and Over 2018 are strictly limited, so don’t delay in registering.
Walkers, hikers and runners of all levels aged over 18 are welcome. Online registration closes on April 12th.
– Race Entry €30 per person (Early registration before February 16th €25!)
– Register a group of 4 and get a €20 discount.
– Entry fee includes post-race refreshments in Murphy’s Bar.
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Images: © Nephin Up and Over Challenge