Hillsborough Castle Running Festival

Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland

Organiser's Description

The new Hillsborough Castle Running Festival with include family races, a 5k, a 10k, and a half marathon! Come and run the inaugural event at Hillsborough Castle 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 and we have plenty of helpers to keep you on track and to encourage you on your way to the finish.


Unique themed medal

Free official event photos

Goodie bag

Closed Roads

Hillsborough Castle, The Square, Hillsborough, BT26 6AG

Starting and finishing within the Grounds of Hillsborough Castle, the course will head out onto the surrounding CLOSED ROADS of Hillsborough and take in the glorious local sights such as Hillsborough Lake. This course gives you the opportunity to take in the rural surroundings on traffic free roads!

Hillsborough 5K Route
Hillsborough 10K Route

There will be parking at the venue for all runners.

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.

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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

Kieran Flynn / Aug 19, 2019

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.

Stephanie Chillingworth / Aug 19, 2019

Great Event!

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

Colin Mackey / Aug 19, 2019


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

Eamon Dallett / Aug 19, 2019

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.

Luke Gilchrist / Aug 19, 2019

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!

Lynn Murray / Aug 19, 2019

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