2021 All-Ireland hillwalking sports competitions to get underway

This year’s delayed hillwalking sports competition season commences on Monday 10th May.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and recent travel restrictions in Ireland, the start of the 2021 All-Ireland hillwalking sports competitions had to be postponed in the interest of public safety and competitive fairness. Originally scheduled to commence on the Spring Equinox (20th March), we can now confirm that all of the following competitions will officially get underway tomorrow (10th May).

Our competitions can only take place when All-Ireland domestic travel is permitted. This is why we have chosen to delay the start of the 2021 hillwalking sports season to coincide with the easing of travel restrictions taking effect on 10th May. Please continue to observe all current Government legislation and guidance – links can be found on The Ireland Walking Guide’s Covid-19 / Coronavirus page along with practical considerations and advice for walkers.

At present, this year’s competition season is still scheduled to end on the Autumn Equinox (22nd September). Hopefully there will be no need for stoppages before then and we’ll be permitted four months of uninterrupted competition. Any changes to the schedule will be announced in our blog and on our social media feeds. We also have a webpage showing the current status of our competitions.

We have made three notable changes to the format of our competitions this year.

  1. The All-Ireland Hillwalking Championships and the All-Ireland Mountain Race are now being managed as part of the High Point Ireland project.
  2. The Mountain Race is now based on a brand new set of 24 mountain challenges.
  3. Each of our All-Ireland hillwalking sports competitions now has a separate category for individuals, clubs, counties and provinces. As in previous years, hillwalkers under the age of 18 years old also have their own dedicated All-Ireland Highpointeering Youth League competition. The Championships and Race do not have separate Youth categories, however under-18s are welcome to compete in all categories across all three competitions.
  4. Each club, county and province being represented in the Highpointeering Leagues can have a maximum of 5 team members. This maximum also applies to the Mountain Race. To boost your team’s chances in each competition, it is advisable to spread the word to your fellow hillwalkers. In the Hillwalking Championship team categories, each club, county and province can be represented by a maximum of 10 members (i.e. a sub-team of 5 Highpointeers and a sub-team of 5 different Mountain Racers). Individuals can represent their teams across all three competitions.

As always, participants are required to log their visits to mountain summits and High Point locations using the Peakhunter smartphone app. To enter our competitions, these logs must then be registered with us via our online forms no later than 30th September 2021.

Results for all competitions will be announced in October 2021. In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy the competitions. Happy hillwalking!

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