Hillsborough Castle and Gardens Running Festival

Hillsborough, Lisburn and Castlereagh

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, The Square, Hillsborough

Sun 30th July 2023

Starting at 10:00

5 races

£10.00 - £100.00

Organiser's Description

RUN THE HILLSBOROUGH CASTLE & GARDENS RUNNING FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY 30TH JULY 2023

We are excited to announce the return of the Hillsborough Castle & Gardens Running Festival, including family races, a 5k, a 10k, and a half marathon! Come and run the event at Hillsborough Castle on Sunday 30th July 2023 and take the opportunity to race around this unique location!

These ROAD CLOSED races will start and finish within the beautiful Grounds of Hillsborough Castle, before heading out onto the surrounding rural roads of Hillsborough and taking in historic attractions in the local area such as Hillsborough Fort and Hillsborough Lake, and finishing with a lap of the Gardens before crossing the finish line in the event village. Each mile is accurately marked out with distance flags and we have plenty of helpers to keep you on track and to encourage you on your way to the finish.

*PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO ROAD CLOSURES THERE IS A STRICT 3 HOUR CUT OFF TIME FOR THE HALF MARATHON!

YOUR ENTRY WILL INCLUDE:

Chip timed results
Unique themed medal (previous design below)
Free official event photos
Post race goodies
Come and enjoy the day with us; we hope to see you there!

Races

  • Under 16 5k

    £10.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 5 Km

    £21.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 10 Km

    £24.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Half Marathon

    £28.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Group Entry - 6 People

    £100.00

    Choose Your Distance at Checkout

Book

  • Under 16 5k

    £10.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 5 Km

    £21.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 10 Km

    £24.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Half Marathon

    £28.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Group Entry - 6 People

    £100.00

    Choose Your Distance at Checkout

What's Included

Chip timed results

Unique themed medal

Free official event photos

Post race goodies

How to Get There

The best way to get there if you use a smart phone is to download the Google Maps app

Lisburn train station (5 miles away) and Moira train station (8 miles away) are located within close proximity to the Castle. Buses from Lisburn and Belfast also serve Hillsborough Castle, but it is advised to check the scheduled timetables of these services for race day.

Parking

There will be parking at the venue for all runners.

Location

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, Lower Visitors Centre, 349 Hillsborough Road, County Down

Course Details

These ROAD CLOSED races will start and finish within the beautiful Grounds of Hillsborough Castle, before heading out onto the surrounding rural roads of Hillsborough and taking in historic attractions in the local area such as Hillsborough Fort and Hillsborough Lake, and finishing with a lap of the Gardens before crossing the finish line in the event village.

Each mile is accurately marked out with distance flags and we have plenty of helpers to keep you on track and to encourage you on your way to the finish.

*PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO ROAD CLOSURES THERE IS A STRICT 3 HOUR CUT OFF TIME FOR THE HALF MARATHON!

start times

HM: 9:30

10k: 10:00

5k: 10:15

Reviews

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4.8

6 reviews

KF
Kieran

·3 years ago

Superb organisation. I really enjoyed this race, from arriving at the pick up point busses were running efficiently to the Gardens, race village was well run,warm up spot on, race started on time, a nice downhill start , when do we ever have one of those, lol, scenery was exceptional, the multi terrain ground makes this race interesting for everyone, race medals were superb
SC
Stephanie

·3 years ago

Brilliantly organised. Loved this run, the level of organisation and the availability of staff and marshals. The only thing that I think was a big problem is the fact that part of the half marathon course at the beginning was on the path the 10km and 5km runners had to walk up to to get to the event village which meant that the runners of the half were having to dodge runners yet to begin their event as well as supporters/members of the public. Must have been incredibly frustrating not to mention dangerous. An alternative route to get to the event village is a must for subsequent years.
CM
Colin

·3 years ago

Great Event. Great event, great route. Would definitely recommend! Plan on doing it hopefully again next year!!
Eamon

·3 years ago

EXCEPTIONALLY WELL ORGANISED EVENT. From I booked to take part in the 5k event online I was VERY impressed by the high level of organisational activity that was put into running these three races. Excellent communication before the event and from the sign posting to the car park, the fleet of buses that carried us to the Castle and the number of staff and volunteers that were managing the races. Great commentary prior to race starting and good distance markers along the way. I also found that there was a very friendly atmosphere generated by friendly helpful staff. If I was to use one word to describe the event it would be 'professional'. Well done to all involved
LG
Luke

·3 years ago

Good Running Event. I personally found this run very enjoyable. There is a lot to be said for the organisation for this event. Zero traffic (Free shuttle bus transfers from the Eikon centre), Event Village with catering facilities, warm up instructor class, cafe in the grounds, and brilliant toilet facilities. Event organisation down to a tee. The run itself was very hilly which isn't surprising from the name of the town. This is made easier from gorgeous lakes, deep woodland, beautiful countryside and the stunning castle grounds. This run has it all! Hard run but I would highly recommend. Had a great day out. Course could be updated potentially to has less of the final section of the run in the castle grounds as it is tight and twisty but all in all very enjoyable.
LM
Lynn

·3 years ago

Great event. From the minute we arrived at the car park it was obvious this was going to be be very well organised, we were guided in to a parking space and then proceeded to explore the grounds before the race started. All of the staff at the castle were very friendly and welcoming. The volunteers at the race were fantastics from the warm up to the race director to the marshalls on the course, everyone encouraged all of the runners. Plenty of snacks afterwards too!
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Location

Hillsborough, Lisburn and Castlereagh

30 Jul 2023

£10.00 - £100.00

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