RUN THE LINE
‘Run the Line’ is a fundraising event for Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team (DWMRT), taking place on Saturday 16 November 2019. The event consists of two separate races (13km and 26km) across the Dublin Mountains, starting and finishing in Glencullen Adventure Park, and taking in many spectacular locations along the way offering breath-taking views of Dublin. The course caters for both the seasoned hill-runner, and also those who want to give the hills a try for the first time!
For a number of years we have successfully run both night and day time hikes over the mountains, to fundraise for our life-saving activities. There is always a cadre of lean, hardy hill-runners who choose to do these events much faster than the majority, by running across the routes. We decided that it might be worthwhile to host an event specifically for runners and so the idea for ‘Run the Line’ was born.
In 2016 the inaugural ‘Run the Line’ event took place, beginning and ending at Lamb Doyle’s pub in Sandyford, Co. Dublin. Since then we have gone from strength to strength, and the decision was made in 2017 to move the start/finish line to Glencullen Adventure Park. See our course route section for details on the location.
ABOUT THE DUBLIN & WICKLOW MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM
The Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team (DWMRT) has its origins in An Oige MRT, one of the earliest mountain rescue teams in Ireland, formed in the 1960s. A core group of the current DWMRT, who were active in the An Oige team, have been providing a rescue service in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains for almost 40 years. The team is an entirely voluntary service available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our main area of operations is the Dublin and Wicklow mountains, but we also cover as far as the Cooley Mountains in Co. Louth, and will on occasion travel to other parts of the country when requested to back up fellow mountain rescue teams and the Gardaí.
Team members come from all walks of life, e.g. outdoors instructors, doctors, paramedics, engineers and farmers to name a few. They all have one thing in common, and that is their selfless desire to help others in need. The team has four vehicles, and is currently situated in two locations in the village of Roundwood; the Garda station which acts as a base for our first response vehicles, and a temporary depot where we house all our equipment stores, and conduct training sessions.
This year, our fundraising focus is aimed at supporting our continuing efforts to finally have a home that is purpose-built for the needs of a very busy rescue team (82 in 2017!). It needs to be somewhere we can train, store essential gear and equipment, and can also act as a base from which we can coordinate search and rescue operations. The team will be out in full force in Glencullen Adventure Park, and along the route, helping to ensure that ‘Run the Line’ is an enjoyable and safe event for all participants and their supporters!