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You can still enter on the day

The stunning Castle Ward Estate which is owned and managed by The National Trust is the setting for the 6th Annual Castleward Challenge Half Marathon, 10K Race/Walk and new this year, 5K race. The start line is in the shadow of the majestic 18th century Castle Ward mansion and runners will enjoy a tour through the estate which is combination of forest trail, open pastures and shoreline paths along the banks of Strangford Lough. Please note that due to the off-road nature of the race route distances may vary slightly.

Early Bird offer of
if you register before
11pm on
01 Mar 2017

Event Information

Entry Fees
Online Registration (before 11pm on Wednesday 5th April 2017) and for option of posting out race pack (before 11pm Wednesday 29th March 2017).

5K Race (minimum age 12): 

£18 Early Bird offer until 11pm on 01/03/17 and £20 thereafter.

10K Race/Walk (minimum age 15): £18 Early Bird offer until 11pm on 01/03/17 and £20 thereafter.

Half Marathon (minimum age 17):  £25 Early Bird offer until 11pm on 22/02/17 and £27 thereafter.

(Plus £3 if postal option chosen NI & £4 ROI).

Registration Confirmation
Confirmation of your race entry will be sent to you automatically via email from Eventbrite after your payment is made. If you choose the option to have your Race Pack posted out to you before the day then this should arrive with you no later than the Wednesday prior to race day. Otherwise your race number and chip timing will be given to you at Registration on the morning of the race.

Terms & Conditions
By entering the race you will be bound by the event disclaimer which you agreed to at time of registration.  Refunds are not available once entry has been completed. Runners are permitted to transfer entry to a family member/friend if they email Born 2 Run Events with the details prior to the on-line entry closing date. (Transfer of entry to another event is not available). Full Terms & Conditions are available to view at time of entry on the Eventbrite Registration website.

Race Start Times

10K Walk & Half Marathon: 10.00am

10K Race: 11.00am

5K Race: Approx 11.10am

Event Registration
Registration packs can be collected on race day at the Event Tent close to the main Courtyard area, where refreshments will also be served after the race, and will be clearly signposted on the day. 

Registration Times
Saturday 8th April 2016: 
10K Walk & Half Marathon 8.15am - 9.30am
5K/10K Race 8.15am - 10.30am

Please car share where possible as parking is restricted .  There will be free parking in a designated area set aside for runners vehicles. Please follow the Marshals instructions regarding parking. Please note if you are a member of the National Trust please bring your membership card as this can be swiped by National Trust staff. Every time you use your membership card the National Trust benefit.

Start/Finish Area

The start/finish are will be in front of the Castle Ward Manor.  

Strictly no pets allowed.

Water Stations

For the Half Marathon there will be two water stations:
1. Just before the 5 mile marker
2. Just before the 10 mile marker

For the 10K there will be one water station at the 3K marker.

Post Race Refreshments
Hydration station at finish line.  Complimentary Post Race Refreshments will be served from 12.00pm in the Registration Tent.  

Prizegiving – 12.15pm

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male and Female Finishers in the Half Marathon/10K and 5K races only.

The course is a mixture of tarmac and forest paths. Running shoes are suitable for all the terrain, however if the weather has been particularly wet prior to the race trail shoes for the Half Marathon may be advisable.

Your entry fee includes the following:

  • A beautiful medal
  • Individual chip timing (excl walkers)
  • Race Number
  • Complimentary post race refreshments
  • Free Parking
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