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Starting and finishing within the beautiful grounds of Hillsborough Castle, this family-friendly running festival is one for everyone to enjoy. With three distances on offer, there is a race for any ability. Reach the finish and wear your finisher's medal with pride.
Participants
U16 5k, 5k, 10k, and 6 more
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Calendar
Sun, 24 Jul 2022
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Hillsborough, United Kingdom
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4.6
(216 Reviews)
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Where and when
Location
Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, The Square, Hillsborough BT26 6GT, UK
Start times
Sun, 24 Jul 2022
U16 5k:
10:15am |
5k:
10:15am |
10k:
10:00am |
Half Marathon:
9:30am |
U16 5k inc. T-Shirt (+£12):
10:15am |
5k inc. T-Shirt (+£12):
10:15am |
10k inc. T-Shirt (+£12):
10:00am |
Half Marathon inc. T-Shirt (+£12):
9:30am |
Group of 6:
9:30am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for RunThrough Hillsborough Castle Running Festival
U16 5k
Distance
5km
£10.00
5k
Distance
5km
£22.00
10k
Distance
10km
£26.00
Half Marathon
Distance
13.1km
£28.00
Route information
Starting and finishing within the beautiful Grounds of Hillsborough Castle, this closed road event will ensure runners feel safe and secure as they take on their running challenge.
Runners will head out onto the surrounding rural roads of Hillsborough, taking in the historic attractions of the local area, such as Hillsborough Fort and Hillsborough Lake. TO end, runners will take a lap of the Gardens, a chance to soak in the tranquil atmosphere before crossing the finish.
The course will be fully way-marked with signs, arrows and distance markers. There will also be marshals stationed throughout the course to guide and encourage you on your way.
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What's included
  • Unique Finisher's Medal
  • Chip-timed results
  • Free official event photos
  • Post race goodies
Train
How to get there
Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, The Square, Hillsborough BT26 6GT, UK
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Parking
There will be parking at the venue for all runners.
By Train
Lisburn train station (5 miles away) and Moira train station (8 miles away) are located within close proximity to the Castle.
Event day logistics
09:30 Half Marathon starts
10:00 10k starts
10:15 5k starts
13:00 Event ends
*Please arrive early, allowing plenty of time to register, attach your race number, drop your bag and warm up.
Age Restrictions
To enter the U16 5k race, entrants must be between the ages of 11 and 16.
To enter all other race entrants must be at least:
  • 11 and over to enter the 5k
  • 15 and over to enter the 10k
  • 17 and over to enter the Half Marathon
Cut-off Time
Please note that there is a strict 3 hour cut off time for the Half Marathon race.
Bag Drop
There will be a secure area where bags can be left, though it is recommended that you bring as little baggage as possible. Your bag tag is attached to your race number which you can tear off and attach to your bag.
Refreshments
There will be water stations after each lap of the race. There will also be water, flapjacks and bananas at the finish line.
Headphones
It is not recommended that you wear headphones during the race. This is so you stay alert to your surroundings and hear the encouragement from marshals and spectators. There will also be pedestrians on the paths you'll be running who you'll need to be aware of.
Race Results
Your race timings will be published on the RunThrough results page after the race.
Race start
After the warm-up, estimated finish times will be called to the starting pen where the marshals will guide you to the start.
The Finish
Do not stop in the finish area, continue through the finish until you pass the medals and are in an open space. Please leave the race village as soon as possible after the race to avoid groups congregating.
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RunThrough encourage an active nation through running. They are the UK's largest running community and running event organiser with over 200 events and 150,000+ entrants for their events every year.
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Spectator Info
Spectators are integral to creating an electric atmosphere at an event like this, and so are strongly encouraged to come along and support the runners.
FAQs
Can I wear headphones during the Hillsborough Castle Running Festival?
The event organiser requests that you do not wear headphones during the race so you can hear the marshals, as well as be aware of your surroundings.
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Are there any age requirements for this Hillsborough Castle Running Festival races?
To enter the U16 5k race, entrants must be between the ages of 11 and 16. To enter all other race entrants must be at least, 11 and over to enter the 5k, 15 and over to enter the 10k, 17 and over to enter the Half Marathon.
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Will there be photos taken during the Hillsborough Castle Running Festival, and where will I be able to find them?
RunThrough will have a photographer taking a few snaps of the race and they will be on Facebook after the race so be sure to check it out and see if you can spot yourself.
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Reviews
4.6
216 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
CrowdsIncredible crowds
andrew
Star
4.7
Did the race in 2022
Really enjoyable first event for me! Organisation was top notch!
danny
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4.7
Did the race in 2022
Really well organised event. Loved the start village and the marshalling on a tough, twisting course through the forest was excellent with clear directions.
aaron
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2022
Very enjoyable very well organized and was great fun looking forward to next years
james
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4.3
Did the race in 2022
Very good parking. Very tidy and organised well. Very hilly on main road but apart from that good run. T- shirts should be in race package.
paul
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2.7
Did the race in 2022
The course is AWFUL! The in and out round the forest park is not conducive to running if you even took people on two laps of the parkrun course it would be better. The road section is fine for the half but when you come back in to the forest park and the twists and turns it’s shocking!
trish
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2022
First time to do this race, very well organized. Marshalls extremely helpful and friendly. Only disappointment for me was size medium tee too small and I can't show off my race tee but found fitting very neat and would have needed bigger size. would love to be able to buy the tee in a bigger size if there was over stock left. I have already booked in for next year.
fionnuala
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3.0
Did the race in 2022
There should have been portable toilets along the course. As a runner with IBS, its very off-putting when there are no toilets…..Also, there were no bananas left when I finished the half marathon. I only got water and a tiny packet of sweets, not really good enough when you’ve just finished a tough run
rache
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5.0
Did the race in 2022
Fantastic organised event!
aaron
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5.0
Did the race in 2022
Tough course, maybe a rating system for each course to let people know that this is quite a challenging run but it was amazing event and very well organised!
alan
Star
2.7
Did the race in 2022
The course was very hilly. Very tight and congested until you reach the Ballynahinch Road. This road was very up and down to and from Annahilt. Very little time to stretch out on a flat and make some time up. I don’t think I would run it again. Compared with other events the post race food and hospitality was very poor. Another one ticked of the list but not one I would rush to enter again.
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Lisamarie Griffin
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Hi my husband did this event on 18th August his number was 542 Tony O'Connor and his chip on but his results are not there could someone please check for me thank you.
Stephy Dennis
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Hi there. Thanks for getting in touch. I have checked also and your husband's results are currently not there. We can definitely resolve this and so if you could please contact our customer support team they will help you out - support@letsdothis.com Many thanks! :)
Michael Logan
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Can the half marathon be entered on the day.
Stephy Dennis
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Hi there. I am sorry to inform you but this event is sold out for this year.
Esther Hardy
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Hi, would the 5k event be suitable for a running chair to be pushed on?
Stephy Dennis
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Hi there. Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately as the course is multi-terrain and narrow in some places so it is not suitable for a running chair to be pushed on. For any further enquiries please contact customer support and they will help you out - support@letsdothis.com Many thanks! :)
Hannah Galbraith
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Hi, I was just wondering what the gradient was like on the 10km course as a little hard to tell from the map? Thanks
Stephy Dennis
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Hi there. The gradient overall is mixed but the steepest uphill is 3% and the steepest downhill is -5%! :)
Kevin Doran
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Is there pacers on the 10k?
Stephy Dennis
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Hi there. There are no pacers for the 10k but runners are set off in waves based on expected finish times so you will be surrounded by people running at the same pace as you :)
Cathal O'Connell
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I signed up for the 10K yesterday (24/7/19) and have yet to receive a confirmation email.
Frank Kennedy
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Is there any age groups as I'm a 66 year old novice runner. Thanks
Stephy Dennis
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Hi there! There are plenty of age categories at this event so you will be timed again your fellow 65+ runners :)
Katie Connaughty
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How far are the family races?
Stephy Dennis
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Hi there! There are only a 5K, 10K and Half Marathon on offer! :)
Andy Stewart
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Hi, is there a finishers t shirt provided?
Stephy Dennis
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Hi! There is no finishers t-shirt for this event!
Keith McG
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Is there a minimum age tor the 5k race?
Stephy Dennis
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Hey there, just to let you know the minimum age for the 5k is 11. If the child is younger than that but you are happy for them to run you can sign a parental waiver form and they can join in. All the best!
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