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Title: Seven Sevens 10th August
Post by: AndrewC on April 03, 2019
Hi,

Well after years of thinking about it I've entered the Seven Sevens. Has anyone done this event before? Any advise on training and taking part?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Seven Sevens 10th August
Post by: Fred on April 04, 2019
Hi Andrew
I done this about 15 years ago. Its certainly a big day out and shouldn't be underestimated but definitely worth doing.  In my opinion the best training is walking up hills, concentrate on endurance rather than speed. If you dont like drinking from the streams you should think carefully about hydration. Having said that, much of the route is away from streams as I remember.
Good luck
fred
Title: Re: Seven Sevens 10th August
Post by: AndrewC on April 04, 2019
Thanks Fred,

I am more than happy to drink from streams and can carry a sawyer water filter. I know its a huge day in the hills and the more I think about it the more I think I am mad!!!
Title: Re: Seven Sevens 10th August
Post by: Fred on April 04, 2019
Definitely give it a go, you are no madder than the rest of us. If you can do it with some like minded friends, that's great for morale and motivation.
fred
Title: Re: Seven Sevens 10th August
Post by: MG1 on April 09, 2019
Done it myself a few years back. Its a tough but very enjoyable day out. Get into the hills as much as possible. Great people along the way.
Title: Re: Seven Sevens 10th August
Post by: seanbranagh on April 24, 2019
I have done it a few times and I am also signed up for it twice this year, both in August and also in June for Cancer Focus NI.

As for training there is no substitute for getting out into The Mournes themselves and building the distance up.
On the day take along a good friend for the craic although you will meet loads of great people along the route too.
Probably most importantly, go at the pace of the slowest person in your group. Never try to keep up with another persons pace if it is even just a little too fast for you. You won't make the distance if you do. Slow and steady wins the race as they say.
I would also advise bringing lots of small snacks to eat on the move as opposed to a big lunch.
Title: Re: Seven Sevens 10th August
Post by: AndrewC on April 24, 2019
Hi,

Thanks for the reply’s. Will be increasing the mountains and miles with each walk. On Sunday went from Deers Meadow to Bloody Bridge, following the wall, over Slieve Muck, Meelbeg, Meelmore, Bearnagh, Comnadgah and Donard.

On the day of the event if you start at 7am how tight is it to make the cut off at Ben Crom at 2.30?
Title: Re: Seven Sevens 10th August
Post by: seanbranagh on April 24, 2019
That was a considerable chunk of the Mourne Wall you done on Sunday. You would be well fit for the Sevens even now if you are able to do that.
That is the kind of long hikes I am on currently also as I actually am doing the wall on May 5th too.
Title: Re: Seven Sevens 10th August
Post by: SK Wildcamps on June 17, 2019
A friend and I done it (well nearly) the last time it was run. we got 6 out of 7 peaks. Binnian broke us! and after that lamagan and the walk back over to donard just seemed to much. we did absolutely zero training! so id recommend doing abit lol. the 2.30 cut off isn't to bad if you go at a steady pace. and 100% bring bug spray or a net because we got eaten alive!
signed up to do it this year again but may put out due to a bad knee.
Title: Re: Seven Sevens 10th August
Post by: AndrewC on June 18, 2019
Thanks, that's the bit of the route that concerns me. Should be a interesting day in the hills.