General Mountain Running Safety Information and Requirements
Please read carefully the following information and requirements before you take part in a race. Have a safe and enjoyable run!!
- Runners are primarily responsible for their own safety and take part in Mountain Races at their own risk.
- Runners must be members of the Irish Mountain Running Association (IMRA). Membership forms are available at any race start.
- Runners must sign an entry list at the start of every race, when they will be issued with a race number.
- Runners must be aware that Mountain Races are run over rough, uneven, and slippery terrain, may involve steep ascents and descents, and routes can be in close proximity to cliffs.
- Runners must be aware that descending runners always have the right of way.
- Runners must be aware that weather conditions at the start of a race, are no guarantee of the conditions later on in the race, or at a different point on the race route. A clear mountain at the start of a race can be covered in mist with visibility down to 5 metres within a short time.
- In the event of bad or changeable weather conditions, runners must carry additional equipment - e.g. rainproof gear, whistle, food, map and compass.
- Not all race routes will be marked. If the route is not marked, runners may require navigational skills and familiarity with a map and compass.
- All runners must report to the finish marshal whether they complete the full race route or not. If you do not cross the finish line at the end of a race you must confirm that you are safe with the finish marshal or any IMRA official. Do not leave a race location before confirming that you are safe.
- The organisers reserve the right to refuse an entry in a race to any individual.
- A copy of the official IMRA saftey policy in PDF format is available here