Garmin have agreed to extend their title sponsorship of the Mourne Skyline Mountain-Trail Race in Northern Ireland.
The race, which is part of the Skyrunner National Series alongside races in England, Scotland and Wales, takes place on Saturday 22nd October 2016, in Newcastle, Co Down.
A capacity field from 14 countries will undertake the gruelling 35k course which includes a 3,370m of ascent across nine of the most spectacular peaks in Ireland.
Reigning Champions Ian Bailey, of Newcastle AC, and Diane Wilson, from Dromore AC, will return to defend their titles and will face world class opposition yet again.
Current Skyrunning World Series Champions Remi Bonnet, of Salomon International, and Jasmin Paris will take to the start line, as will Salomon International’s up and coming German star Michelle Maier, winner of the iconic Sierre-Zinal mountain race in Switzerland.
Paris, the current British Fell Running Champion, smashed both the Bob Graham Round and Ramsey Round records this year before bursting onto the Skyrunning scene with a third place finish at the Skyrunning World Championships in Spain.
Title sponsors Garmin will also be well-represented with the inclusion of two of their top French athletes, Julien Jorro and Germain Grangier.
Jorro is an experienced ultra-athlete who shines over mountain-trail terrain. Recently he claimed the runners up prize at the Grand Riad de-Camargue 100k race. In 2015, Julien achieved podium places at the prestigious Andorra Ultra-Trail 112k and the Trail du-Hautacam 60k, but arguably his most high profile performance was at the famous Festival des Templiers 100k, where he secured fifth place against world class opposition.
Garmin Mourne Skyline MTR is organised by NiRunning, a Northern Ireland based website dedicated to promoting mountain, trail, track and road running.