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LIDL Downpatrick to Sponsor the Castleward Challenge 2015

Heidi Finlay, Sales Operations Manager LIDL, store Manager Ivan Colmer and Jane Rowe from BORN2RUN events.

LIDL Downpatrick are sponsors of the 4th Annual Castleward Challenge which takes place on April 18th . The Castleward challenge is both a half marathon and a 10K and there is also a 10K walk taking place. LIDL have once again agreed to sponsor the Finish Line Fuel Station at this increasingly popular event. All runners will receive a bottle of water and a banana courtesy of LIDL and as always there will be the usual post race refreshments at the prizegiving ceremony following the race.

Every Runner at Run Forest Run will Receive a Month’s Supply of Paradox Sport

Month's Supply of Paradox Oil for Each Runner

Every runner at Run forest run will receive a month’s supply of Paradox sport

Paradox Omega Sport is an innovative omega fish oil supplement specifically formulated to provide premium nutritional solutions for those participating in sport and regular exercise programs.

It includes a unique, balanced blend of omegas 3, 6, 7, 9 (essential fatty acids found in marine and plant oils), which are stabilised by powerful polyphenol antioxidants (found in olives). This preserves the important fatty acids naturally, which enables them to maintain freshness and potency and in turn ensures the oil inside the capsule is more effective – giving better results to the individual. It also prevents the oil tasting and smelling of fish.

The highly effective and exclusive blend of omegas and antioxidants contained in Paradox Omega Sport is designed to help increase energy, performance, and stamina; help build muscle; prevent muscle break down; prevent and reduce inflammation and therefore help speed recovery and healing from injury. Paradox also has the added benefit of containing natural vitamin D which helps to maintain strong bones.

When combined these essential omega oils provide additional benefits including helping to support heart and lung function, protecting joints by keeping them lubricated, preventing muscle breakdown, enhancing and improving mental focus and boosting immunity. They also promote the combustion of fats to supply more energy, which in turn can help aid weight loss.
Paradox Omega Sport is delighted to be supporting Born2Run’s, ‘Run Forest Run’ race on Saturday 19th January 2013. Each participant will receive a one month supply of this unique omega oil supplement which is available from chemists and health stores throughout Ireland.

For further information visit or follow on facebook at and on twitter @ParadoxOmegaOil

Heart-Warming Soup from the Chef of the Year 2012

James Richardson of The Old Barn Markethill & Ulster Tatler's Chef of the Year 2012

James Richardson of The Old Barn Markethill & Ulster Tatler’s Chef of the Year 2012 will be keeping runners warm after the RUN FOREST RUN race with his scrumptious Curried Parsnip Soup. BORN 2 RUN events are known for the delicious post race refreshments and Run forest run will be no different. We figured that a heart-warming soup would go down well in January – enjoy!

Goodie Bags from SuperValu

Goodie Bags Supplied by SuperValu for Run Forest Run

SuperValu are supplying all the post race essentials for the goodie bags at the RUN FOREST RUN Race in Gosford Forest Park on January 19th. Every runner will receive a bottle of water for re-hydration as well as a banana and a chocolate bar to replenish the carbs. SuperValu are keen supporters of BORN 2 RUN events having supplied the Goodie Bags for the Sea 2 Sky race in Newcastle last Summer.

Big Crowds Expected for DAMBUSTERS in the Silent Valley

The inaugural DAMBUSTERS 10-10 takes place this coming Saturday in The Silent Valley near Annalong. DAMBUSTERS is both a 10K and a 10 Mile race with runners deciding on their own preferred distance before signing up for the event. The 10 mile race starts at 11am and the 10k at the slightly later time of 11.30am.
A group of runners from Murlough AC did a dry run of the route last Saturday and the feedback was extremely positive. The setting is absolutey stunning in keeping with the organisers (BORN2RUN Events) policy of planning GREAT RACES IN GREAT PLACES. The 10k race is all run on a tarmac road, the second half of which is all downhill ensuring that anyone seeking a personal best should manage to do so. The 10 mile race offers runners a mix of road, forest trail and shingle path and will appeal to multi-terrain enthusiasts. All finishers will receive a commemorative medal and a snack-pack supplied by ASDA in Kilkeel. Runners will also be supplied with post race refreshments.

BORN2RUN's Carol & Jane at The Silent Valley

The race has attracted a quality field of runners with East Down’s Benny Teer, Belfast’s Adam Boyd (winner of SEA 2 SKY), Mourne Runner’s Virginia Ervine (Female winner of SEA 2 SKY) and Gillian Cordner of Seapark AC among those expected to be some of the front runners.
Due to parking restrictions in the Silent Valley numbers are limited. Those taking part are encouraged to car-share where possible. Online Entry closes tonight (Wednesday 5th September at 11pm)- If the limit is not reached runners will be able to register on race day at an increased entry fee.
To Enter online please go to where you will also find more information about the race.

DAMBUSTERS – New Race for The Silent Valley

DAMBUSTERS is the latest addition to the BORN2RUN repertoire of races and will take place in The Silent Valley on Saturday September 8th. BORN2RUN’s motto is GREAT RACES IN GREAT PLACES and DAMBUSTERS certainly fits the bill. The Silent Valley is a stunning setting for a race, surrounded by the majestic mournes on all sides. BORN2RUN events are carving a niche organising races that offer competitors a package which starts off with a great location but also includes free parking, chipped timing, a top quality medal for all finishers, a snack pack and post race refreshments and entertainment. Carol Mc Menamin of BORN2RUN says “What’s most encouraging is the feedback we get from people who’ve ran our races and it’s fantastic to see them coming back for each new event we organise”.

Jane & Carol of BORN2RUN with Susan Donaldson and Lesley Hammond of ASDA, Kilkeel, sponsors of all the Snack Packs for Dambusters

DAMBUSTERS offers runners the choice of 2 distances a 10 mile race or a 10k so there’s something for everyone. The silent Valley is a great place for a family day out so why not bring the family and enjoy the day.

Numbers are strictly limited for entries due to parking restrictions at the Silent Valley so anyone thinking of entering is advised to do so as soon as possible. To enter go to

SEA 2 SKY attracts sponsorship from local businesses.

BORN2RUN Events are thrilled to announce that The Barbican SuperValu in Newcastle are the suppliers of the Goody bags for the SEA 2 SKY race which will take place in Newcastle on July 20th 2012.  Every runner and walker will receive a goody bag containing all of the post race essentials for re-fuelling after the 10k race which starts on the beach at 7.30pm.  David Heenan of The Barbican was delighted to be associated with the event which will attract hundreds of runners and walkers to the town.

SEA 2 SKY is organised by BORN2RUN Events in association with The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce. Entries have flooded in from all over Ireland and as far afield as South Africa for what promises to be a great night for the town. Dromara & Drumgooland Credit Union have also lent their support to the event sponsoring the race numbers which will be worn by all those taking part.


SEA 2 SKY is an exciting new multi-terrain 10K race which is being organised by BORN2RUN Events in association with The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce. The race will take place on Friday evening on July 20th and is set to attract hundreds of runners and walkers to Newcastle from all over Northern Ireland as well as further afield. ‘We are delighted with the number of people who have entered the race already ‘ said Carol of BORN2RUN Events, ‘we have entries from all over Ireland and even some from Scotland and England so it’s shaping up to being a great event’. Entrants can enter online by visiting and can pick up their race numbers in O’Hare’s on the day from 5pm- 7pm. O’Hare’s will also be hosting the prizegiving after the race and runners are encouraged to stay on and make a night of it. Parcel of Rogues will be providing the entertainment in O’Hare’s. Shower facilities will be available in Donard Park.

Walkers Welcome
BORN2RUN would like to point out that walkers are also welcome to take part and will start an hour ahead of the runners at 6.30 pm. This is an ideal route for walkers and runners alike with most of it taking place off road. SEA 2 SKY starts on the beach in Newcastle and after about a mile moves off road into the foothills of the Mournes where it then climbs slowly to the 5k point where entrants will be rewarded with stunning views over Newcastle and beyond. It will finish on the promenade. Entrants can get more information on the route and the race in general from

O'Hare's Lounge Bars

B2R’s Jane & Carol with Jack O’Hare of O’Hare’s Lounge Bars

SEA 2 SKY – New 10k Race for Newcastle

Newcastle is to play host to SEA 2 SKY a brand new event on the Northern Irish running calendar. The race which is being organised by BORN 2 RUN Events in association with Newcastle Chamber of Commerce promises to be a memorable event for all those taking part. “Great races in Great Places” is our motto said Carol Mc Menamin of BORN 2 RUN events, “ when we were approached by Newcastle Chamber of Commerce and asked to organise a 10K for Newcastle we were delighted as we felt that Newcastle certainly has what it takes in terms of scenery and judging by the level of entries we’ve received already it certainly looks like this will be a very popular event”.

Audrey Byrne Chairperson of Newcastle chamber of Commerce said “The Chamber is delighted to be working with BORN 2 RUN Events who already have a proven track record when it comes to organising great races, the event promises to attract a large number of visitors to the town as both runners and their supporters will be visiting. We welcome this event to the town and hope that it will be a great success”.

The race will start on the beach in Newcastle and will be a multi-terrain race with most of the 10k course offroad. Runners will climb by forest trail to an elevated position where their efforts will be rewarded by stunning views of Newcastle and beyond.

Already a number of runners who took part in BORN 2 RUN’s last event have entered SEA 2 SKY.

Anyone thinking of entering can do so by visiting where full details can be found and runners can also enter the race online.

BORN2RUN’s Carol & Jane at the launch of SEA 2 SKY with Chair of Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Audrey Byrne, Charlie Magennis and Chris Clarke.

The First Castleward Challenge a Great Success

The inaugural Castleward Challenge took place on Saturday last in the majestic Castle Ward Estate, near Strangford in Co. Down. This was a first in more ways than one, as it was also the first event organised by BORN2RUN Events, a local company set up with the motto of organising ‘Great Races in Great Places’. If the feedback from those who took part is anything to go by the organisers certainly seemed to deliver on both counts. The National Trust owned estate proved a perfect setting for an event of this nature and even the weather co-operated on the day.

The event offered runners the choice of 2 distances, a half marathon and a 10k option. 236 runners turned up at the start line for these events. The half marathon started at 10am with 104 runners lined up to take on the route which was a multi-terrain course combining a mix of road, shoreline path, shingle track and mountain bike trails.

There was a great carnival atmosphere at the start line with sounds provided by Seamus Garland. At 9.55 runners were warmed up to the soundtrack of Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run and then they were off. Brendan Teer of East Down Athletic Club set off at a blistering pace which he managed to maintain throughout the entire half marathon ensuring that he was the first man over the finish line in 1.17.56.  Don Travers of Newry city Runners came 2nd  in 1.25.54 and Paul Blayney was 3rd to finish in 1.27.47.

Brendan Teer wins the Half Marathon

Gillian Cordner of Seapark AC was the first woman home in the half marathon finishing in 1.41.48. Murlough AC’s Donna Mc Cusker was 2nd  in 1.44.27 and Clare Kennedy finished in 3rd  place in 1.52.16.

The 10k race kicked off at 10.30 with a bigger field of 132 runners. John Mc Manus was the winner of this race crossing the finish line in 38.51. Once again Murlough AC had a 2nd place finisher in Paul Byrne who made it look easy crossing the line in 41.47 followed in 3rd place by Dee Murray in 42.21.

The women’s race was won by Anne Sandford of Lagan valley who crossed the finish line in 46.53, followed by Ruth Mc Kee of Newry City Runners in 50.25 and Catherine Devlin in 50.30. This was not a course for personal bests as runners discovered the reason that the race was named the Castleward Challenge. The final mile of both races required competitors to dig deep for the long slow climb to the finish. The scenery along the route was second to none with blankets of bluebells lining the course and stunning views across the water to Portaferry. Philip Mc Cormack who travelled from co. Kildare to take part said “it’s the most amazing route of any of the races I’ve done in Ireland”.

Post race refreshments were available to runners after the race at the prizegiving . BORN2RUN Events thanked all those who helped make the event a success especially volunteers from Murlough AC and East down AC for helping out. Prizewinners were presented with gift vouchers for Belfast store PODIUM 4 Sport. BORN2RUN Events have been sponsored by PODIUM 4 sport for all their events this year which attracted a lot of favourable comment from runners at the Castleward Challenge on Saturday. ASDA Downpatrick sponsored the goody bags which were presented to runners as they crossed the finish line. Graham Construction supplied the barriers and traffic cones for the event. Carol Mc Menamin of BORN2RUN  said “we are delighted to be working with PODIUM 4 Sport, ASDA and Graham Construction for our events  as all three have helped to ensure that BORN2RUN races will be memorable for all those who take part”.

All results are available on BORN2RUN’s website and photographs from the event are available from Joanne Symington Photography

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