Top of The Mourne - Saturday 3rd August

Top of the Mourne Triathlon Saturday 3rd August @ 1.30pm, Kilbroney Park Rostrevor. Often spoke about as being the toughest Olympic Distance Race in the country this triathlon will push every competitor to their limit. The Course boasts fantastic routes and testing trails as well as spectacular views. The race will start with a swim in Carlingford Lough, followed by a cycle route across the Mournes Mountains up to the famous Spelga Dam before returning to Kilbroney Park to finish with a 10 KM run along the foot of the Mournes.

Only those pre-registered with www.newrytriathlon.com  can take part in the race.

The Course

Wetsuits are compulsory. The swim will take place in one wave with Competitors completing the 1500m swim in a clockwise direction.

The start will be marked by two buoys in the water. You must not go beyond these buoys until the race has been started. Anyone who does so will be disqualified. If you get into trouble in the water, please follow the instructions in the water rescue leaflet. If this is your first triathlon or if you are a less confident swimmer, stay towards the back of the wave.

On exiting the water you will have to cross the main road and run along the footpath to access transition. There will be marshals and police to help slow traffic, but your safety is ultimately your responsibility so please take care during this short section of the race.

There will be plenty of stewards along the route but note that the cycle will take place mostly on roads open to traffic and will pass through some major junctions, narrow winding roads, and steep hills, so your safety is your own responsibility. In particular please take care when coming down the descent at the back of Spelga Dam there is a tendency to swing onto the outside lane of traffic here, please note that any competitor breaking the white line and crossing to the other lane will automatically be disqualified. This section from the top of the spelga descent to the junction of the sandbank road is a no tribar zone; any infringement of this rule will carry a six minute penalty.

The run route takes place on closed roads in the Kilbroney park and is a 3.3km loop course. Runners must complete the loop 3 times at the completition of each loop the runners must runover the mat in the transition area, please obey the marshalls on the run route they are there to help.

Race Day

Registration and sign in for the race will take place on race day Saturday 3rd August  at Race Headquarters in Kilbroney Park, Shore Road, BT34 3AA. Race Day Schedule as follows:

  • 09:00 Registration Opens
  • 12:30 Transition Closes
  • 1:00 Race Briefing
  • 1:30 Race Start

To ensure that everyone has a good race and that you all remain safe please take time to read the following briefing notes.

The race takes place at 1:30 on Saturday 3rd August starting and finishing at Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor, County Down.

Only those pre-registered can take part in the race, there will be no entries accepted to the race on the day.

For insurance purposes All competitors must possess a valid, up to date Triathlon Ireland Membership number or a One Day Licence which can be purchased online at www.triathlonireland.com

NO-ONE WILL BE PERMITTED INTO THE RACE IF THEY CANNOT PRODUCE A TI NUMBER OR A ONE DAY LICENCE. ONE DAY LICENCES CANNOT BE PURCHASED FROM THE RACE ORGANISERS ON RACE DAY. NO EXCEPTIONS CAN BE MADE.

Registration and sign in for the race will take place on race day, Saturday 3rd August from 9am until 12.30am at Race Headquarters in Kilbroney Park.

To assist with traffic management, on your arrival you can only park in designated race parking zones which will be sign posted. We have a big race this year and parking space is limited.

All competitors must sign in before depositing their gear in transition.

When you sign in you will receive your goody bag, swim hat, race number and timing chip.

The swim will take place in one wave.

Once you have signed in you can make your way to Race Transition. The swim start is approximately 5 mins walk from transition and the race director will make an announcement when it is time for competitors to move to the swim start.

You will be crossing a main road to access your swim start so please take care. There will be marshals there to assist you.

The bike racks will be numbered. Only race competitors will be permitted into the transition area.

There will be a race briefing for all competitors by the Race Referee and the Race Safety Officer/Director at transition at approx 10.45am and it is essential that all competitors attend this briefing.

Relay teams who do not have at least one TI member will require x1 One Day Licence to take part in the race which covers the whole team for race-day insurance. ODLs must be pre-purchased at www.triathlonireland.com

 Relay Teams will be sharing one timing chip per team.

The Chip must be transferred between team members at each transition. Timing chips must be worn on the ankle. Failure to transfer chip or failure to put it on your ankle will mean you are not timed!!!!!

The team swimmer will wear the chip first. While the swim is taking place, the cycle team member must wait at the assigned cycle space in transition wearing their race number. After the swim, the swimmer must have removed their wetsuit completely before handing over the chip which the cyclist places on their own ankle. (No assistance can be given to remove wetsuit). Only then can the cyclist put on their helmet, fasten it and run with their bike to the end of transition. Bikes cannot be mounted within transition area.

Once the transition area is clear of the team cyclist, the running member can take up position in transition wearing their race number. On returning to transition the cyclist must dismount bike before entering transition and place bike back onto rack, remove their helmet before handing over chip to runner who must place it on their ankle. Runner will do 3 laps of run and return to Finish Line. Team members must clear transition area once their leg of the race is complete.

NOTE: The prize giving and refreshments after the race are at O’Briens/Synge&Byrne Athletes Marquee situated close to the race finish line.

Post-race refreshments are provided for competitors only. We would ask you to respect this to ensure all competitors, regardless of their finish time have something to eat and drink on crossing the finish line.

Male and Female showers/changing are available at NMDC Public Amenity Centre in the top carpark, five minutes’ walk from the race finish line.

We will get the race times and category winners to you as quickly as possible after the race.

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