The  Denis Rankin Round                         Mourne Mountains N.I.

Slieve Bearnagh, 739m (courtesy BARF)


This 24 hour challenge presents a fitting memorial to Denis Rankin, a pioneer and leading light in fell running and mountain marathons in Northern Ireland since the 1970’s, who tragically died on 16th May 2013 competing in a fell race on Slievemoughanmore. It involves ticking-off all 39 peaks over 400 metres in height in the Mourne mountains, circumnavigating some 90km of rugged mountain terrain and climbing 6500m. The route was devised by BARF (Belfast Association of Rockclimbers and Fellrunners) and first completed by Billy Reed on 15th June in 20-29.  Full details can be found on the official website - see link below..



None currently available - offers of a schedule for the guidance of future contenders would be welcome.



​This is a formal challenge subject to rules and a registration process - see the link to the official website below. Note that attempts must be registered in advance.

Links and Further Information

The official website giving the route, maps, rules and registration details.

  • Mourne Mountains, Harvey Superwalker Map, 1:25000 -  covers the entire route


Where there is a recorder please contact them to log your completion. In addition, or if there isn't a recorder, you are invited to share your experience on the gofar facebook page to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!


All the routes on this site require proven mountain running experience. You undertake them entirely at your own risk. Please take full mountain safety precautions at all times.  Always ensure you carry sufficient clothing, food and equipment to cope with dramatic changes in the weather conditions!  Appropriate insurance cover is recommended.


The object of this website is to provide a single, ready source of information on the ultra-distance mountain challenges which have been developed over the past three or more decades. It now offers a diverse range of long and "short", old and recent, formal and informal routes from around the UK to encourage runners of all ages and abilities to have a go subject to proven mountain experience in all conditions.



Please send details and a schedule of any record-breaking runs and the like to Martin Stone who maintains records on behalf of the Fell Runners Association.  Email:


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If you can improve on the accuracy of this resource, offer details of other routes (old and new), spot any errors in grid references, names, heights, spelling or punctuation, or find a link which does not work please email: