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Antrim Castle Gardens 5K & 10K is the 7th race in the Belfast Telegraph Run Forest Run Series. Runners will find nothing like these 400 year old gardens anywhere else in Northern Ireland. The race starts in the grounds of the gardens, the 10K route takes in the ruins of Shanes Castle (another Game of Thrones venue) where runners will enjoy some fantastic views of Lough Neagh and then returning through the immaculately kept gardens and wood at Castle Gardens. The 5K is mainly in the gardens with a small section on the Main Road.

Early Bird offer of
if you register before
11pm on
01 Jan 2020

Event Information

We’ve teamed up with Macmillan NI as our charity partners for the 2019/20 Forest Series. Macmillan provide physical, financial and emotional support to help people with cancer live life as fully as possible. If you wish, you can also support Macmillan NI by making a £1 donation or amount of your choice while entering any of the races online, just tick the appropriate box.

Runners who complete 6 out of 8 races will receive a FREE commemorative Tshirt (new design for this year TBA). CLICK HERE for details. 

If you complete all 8 races you will receive a bonus medal at the race Finale in Castlewellan on Saturday 22nd February 2020.

Entry Fees
Online Registration  (before 11pm on Wednesday 29th January 2020) and for option of posting out race pack (before 11pm Wednesday 22nd January 2020).

5K & 10K RACE: £22 .

Early Bird offer of £19 if you register before 11pm on Wednesday 1st January 2020.

JUNIOR 5K RACE: £15 (junior rate applies to runners aged 11-17 years)

JUNIOR 10K RACE: £15 (junior rate applies to runners aged 15-17 years)

Junior Early Bird offer of £13 if you register before 11pm on Wednesday 1st January 2020.

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

Please note PRIMO registration processing fees apply in addition to above and are clearly displayed at poiint of entry.

Registration Confirmation
Confirmation of your race entry will be sent to you automatically via email from Primo Events 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 Primo Events Registration website.

Race Start Time


Event Registration
Registration packs can be collected on the day at the Garden Heritage Exhibition room, Clotworthy House opposite the Garden Coffee Shop and will be clearly signposted on race day.

Registration Times
Saturday 1st February 2020: 9.00am – 10.30am.

There will be no parking facilities for runners at Antrim Castle Gardens so please use public car parks located at Antrim Marina (Lough Road) and walk along the tow path and over bridge to Antrim Castle Gardens. There are also car parks in Antrim Town Centre a short walk from the Gardens at: Dublin Road, Castle Street, Castle Way and Railway Street.

Start/Finish Area
This will be at the Parterre which is a short walk from the Registration room. 

Strictly no pets.

Water Stations
As this is a Winter race there will be no water station so please carry water with you if required.

Toilet Facilities
Toilet facilities are available in the main courtyard behind Clotworthy House, the Garden Coffee Shop, Port a loos (positioned close to start line) and at the Lough Shore Car Park.

Post Race Refreshments
Hydration station at finish line.  Complimentary refreshments will be served at the finish line at approximately 12 noon.  

Prizegiving – 12 noon.  5K & 10K Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male and Female Finishers.  Category Prizes will only be awarded at the end of the Series to runners who completed 6 out of 8 races.  Six quickest race results will be used if more than 6 races completed.  

Regular running shoes are suitable for all the terrain on the 5K & 10K route.

Your entry fee includes the following:
• Individual chip timing
• Race Number
• Complimentary post race refreshments


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Antrim Castle Gardens, Randalstown Rd, Antrim BT41 4LH