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Twelve Kings Challenge 2019 - Dromore CC

16 Jun 2019

Twelve Kings Challenge 2019 - Dromore CC has now closed and you will not be able to sign-up for it. Please check the Organiser's Description for any organiser updates.
This event is in a testing state, and is not open for public sign-ups until the organiser has launched it.

Organiser's Description

The TWELVE KINGS CHALLENGE by Dromore Cycling Club - sportive SUNDAY 16th JUNE 2019 starting at 09:30 and finishing at Dromore Rugby Club. Sign on from 08:30.

A great day out guaranteed! Great route in mid-Down and Dromara Hills, brilliant food, and maybe even a poke to finish (ice cream for the uninitiated).


Entries are limited to 250 places and are first come, first served.

The entry fee for pre-registered participants is £15 for Cycling Ireland (CI) members or CyclingUK members, with all profit going to charity.  For those without a CI licence or CyclingUK membership there is an additional fee of £5 (€5) for a one-day third party cover insurance. The fee for those aged under 18 the fee is £5.


The charity we will be supporting this year is Friends of the Cancer Centre in Belfast. We have several club members that have been helped by this and other similar services in the past year.


To ring out the changes, we have only one route through beautiful County Down, but with four 'abdication' points to shorten distance and elevation if you don't want to do the full challenge.

  1. The Shortest Route will follow the same circuit as last year with one change to take in a lovely hill near Laurancetown, covering 63km / 39mi.
  2. For the Long Route we wanted to break up the climbing challenge this year so after Katesbridge 'water stop' (& toilets) we start up Kilknamurray and then cross to the upper part of Boiling Well and on towards Dromara before turning right up the iconic Dree Hill before a lovely drop down towards Clonvaraghan and back round Sleive Croob to Drumkeeragh. The distance this year is 97km / 60mi with around 1,500m of climbing (4,900 ft). There will be several clearly marked and marshalled 'abdication' points (sticking with our royal theme!) for anyone not wanting to do the entire route or all the climbing. These will be briefed before setting out on the day.

The Strava links to the two loops are:

Shortest Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/17546045
Long Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/17576309


Pre-entry for the Dromore CC Charity Challenge will close on Friday 15th June 2019. Entry is limited to 250 riders. Fee for the event is £15 per entry (see insurance note below). Outstanding value!


The entry fee includes cost of those who hold a current Cycling Ireland or CTC licence (or equivalent). For everyone else there is an additional £5 fee which provides cover for the day (third party and personal accident provided by CI). Riders can obtain a Cycling Ireland Leisure Licence from the organisers which will provide personal accident cover for the remainder of the year. Contact organiser for more information. The insurance fee for non-CI members is to be paid on the day.



The Twelve Kings Challenge starts at 09:30 for all routes.
Sign on from 08:30.

Dromore Rugby Club, 48 Barban Hill, Dromore BT25 1PR
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/y87ASy7q1wM2

There is parking at Dromore Rugby Club for early birds. And on street parking for everyone else - as directed by marshals please! Please leave room on pavements for pedestrians.

St John Ambulance Northern Ireland will be on hand to assist us if there is any medical issue. Hopefully they get to hang out and enjoy the craic and not have to treat anyone for any reason other than maybe a bee sting or sunburn!

[to be confirmed]


  1. There will be coffees, tea and scones at registration.
  2. First feed station/water stop will be at Katesbridge Park.
  3. There will be a water stop on the way to the Dree Hill (or at the top).
  4. Food for finishers at the finish in Dromore Rugby Club. (Note you will need to show your wristband).
  5. And ice cream for afters! (Note you will need to hand over your wristband to get one).


Riders are encouraged to enjoy their surroundings without environmental impact i.e. take your wrappers home! As an additional incentive, you can trade your disused wrappers for a raffle ticket to enter a prize draw in the club house.

There will be a finisher food fest, tea/coffee/buns and ICECREAM at the rugby club as well as use of the public bar. 

The Rugby club can provide showers and changing facilities for both men and women.

- Rules of the road apply at ALL times.
- All participants must obey the instructions of PSNI, medical support, and event marshals (Please note marshals do NOT have authority to stop traffic).
- Not every junction may have marshals so you should approach junctions as if they were not there and proceed with caution
- This event takes place on open roads and cyclists must give way to other road users where applicable
- Helmets must be worn at all times on the routes
- There are fast downhill sections and dangerous bends, please pay attention to signs, flags and whistles.
- Strictly no iPods or ear/headphones – safety is a huge priority and failing to hear instructions or the sound of oncoming traffic can cause serious accidents to you, fellow participants and to the general public.
- All bicycles should be well maintained and in a road worthy condition. Participants are advised to carry a pump, spare tubes and tyre levers.
- Cancellations - we can't refund entry fees after the application has been processed.
- Personal information will not be passed to any third parties.


If you would like more information about the event please see the club’s website http://dromorecc.com/ or Dromore Cycling Club Facebook page. For further details please feel free to email the Club Secretary Andy at info @ dromorecc.com or alternatively you can give Ronnie Lewis a call on 078 0167 3191.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dromorecyclingclub
Email: info @ dromorecc.com

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you on event day!

--------- And another thing! ---------

LOCAL LORE 1: The Twelve Kings
Folklore tells that twelve kings are buried at the hilltop and each year it is traditional to climb Slieve Croob on the first Sunday in August (known as Cairn Sunday or Blaeburry Sunday) and carry with you a stone to help bury the kings. In recent times there is traditional Irish music played at the top of the Mountain on this date.


LOCAL LORE 2: Dancing at Lughnasa
Slieve Croob was associated with the celebration of the Celtic harvest festival of Lughnasa, in honour of the God Lugh. It was one of quarterly feasts of the old Irish year. Lughnasa or Lammas took place in late July or early August. It continued into Christian times as a harvest festival. The festival was often associated with community gatherings on the summits of mountains or hills which gave a commanding view over the surrounding countryside. On the way to the summit the dark blue bilberries - known locally as 'blaeberries' - would be picked which gave the festival its local name of ‘Blaeberry Sunday’. It is also know as 'Cairn Sunday' as it was said to be a tradition to carry up a small stone to place on the cairn. Once at the summit, an afternoon of dancing, music and games and courtship followed. Blaeberry Sunday was celebrated until the 1950’s on Slieve Croob, and in recent years has undergone something of a revival with an annual walk being organized by local community groups.


LOCAL LORE 3: The sycamore tree with a malevolent spirit
In the early years of the 20th century, a malevolent spirit is said to have haunted the bar and the area around the Dree Hill Road bridge just opposite, in the centre of Finnis, which spans the upper reaches of the River Lagan. By this bridge stood a large and beautiful sycamore tree (still there! https://goo.gl/FqzT19). Knowing the terror the bridge set in the hearts of his parishioners, the village priest set out to exorcise the spirit and managed to capture it in a bottle. He then placed the bottle containing the spirits inside the sycamore tree.

There it remained and the bridge became free of the hauntings. From that day on and, with knowledge of the tree’s part in the exorcism, nobody in Finnis would touch the tree nor would they allow anyone else to touch it either.

Subsequently, the tree died and looked as though it has been killed by a lightning strike. Some years back, when either power lines or telephone lines were being run through the village, the tree stood in the way of progress and the priest had to be called to stop the workers from cutting it down. As a result, they had to run the cables through the tree’s upper branches. The tree was finally felled, only recently, by the hand of mother nature in a violent winter storm but the bottle has never been discovered.

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15 Jun 2019£15.00

For each sign-up, the organiser pays the Service Fee of 4% (min 50p). You pay no surcharge

Dates and Status

Date: 16/06/2019

Status: Closed

Total Places: 250

Places Available: ??



Darryl Collins



Dromore Rugby Club, Barban Hill, Dromore, BT25 1PR