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Rathlin Run 2017

The RATHLIN RUN now has it's own OFFICIAL race website at...


NiRunning (Northern Ireland Running) are very proud to announce 16th annual RATHLIN RUN will take place on Saturday 26th August 2017 (1pm).  

NiRunning will continue to work in association with highly respected charity BAC (Belfast Activity Centre) in the delivery of the event.

The Rathlin Run is Northern Ireland's most unique, and arguably, most challenging road race. It was originally introduced by Raleigh International, before Belfast Activity Centre took the reins several years ago.  

The '10 mile challenge', the original distance that caught the imagination of the local running community and cemented the event as an annual favourite, will once again be the feature race. The associated 5k run (starting at 1,10pm) will also return, and offer an alternative for those wanting to test themselves over (or enjoy) a flatter, shorter course.  Course descriptions and maps are available further down this page.

Entries will be limited to 400 (inclusive of both events), and considering the event has reached capacity previously, we would encourage everyone to enter early.  

Please Remember:  It is absolutely ESSENTIAL that you book your ferry before entering the race.

Entry Details:

Entries for the Rathlin Run 2017 are now AVAILABLE via the official race website HERE.

Entry Fee: 

Rathlin Run 10 mile Challenge - £25 

Rathlin Run 5k Race - £15 

Transport - Important Information:

All runners and supporters are responsible for their own ferry arrangements. 

To book your outbound and return ferry with the Rathlin Island Ferry visit their on line booking website at or contact the booking office on 028 2076 9299.  We would recommend that you reserve book your return ferry crossings first before confirming your race registration and payment.      

Let your friends know that the challenge is back and save the date!  

Please follow us on facebook (@RathlinRunOfficial) and twitter (@RathlinRun) if you would like to be kept up to date with the Rathlin Run 2017. 

You can also follow Belfast Activity Centre on facebook (Belfast Activity Centre) and twitter (@BACCharity).

Course Description:

Rathlin Run (10 mile) - Map available HERE

The Rathlin Run 10 mile race covers an extremely scenic course.  It starts in the hub of the island, ‘Church Bay’ before heading inland, where competitors will complete a ‘loop’ which takes them in the direction of the East Light House.  Once at the island’s Community Centre (1.6m), the course directs athlete’s right and follows the main road towards the popular RSPB Seabird Centre and the West Lighthouse.

Participants will follow this undulating road, where they will be treated to stunning coastal and inland views.  En-route to the furthermost Western Point of the island, runners will pass Kinramer Wood, before entering Kebble Nature Reserve.  After completing a short off road road/trail section (normal road running shoes are suitable), competitors will turn at the RSPB Seabird Centre (5.7m), where they will follow the instructions of Marshalls and turn, heading back towards the Church Bay.

Unlike many ‘out and back’ courses, the Rathlin Run is unique in the fact that running in each direction seems appears like a completely new route, due to the stunning scenery, much of which is only visible when you are travelling either one way or the other.  On reaching the Community Centre, athletes will be instructed to turn right, down a steep hill (proceed with caution and turn left at the bottom) towards the Harbour.  Here, participants will enjoy a flat and fast finish along the Sea Front, before finishing just short of McCuigs Bar.

There will be Water Stations located at 2.5m, 5.7m and 8.1m.

Rathlin 5k Run - Map available HERE

Athletes will start in Church Bay (same start as the 10m race), before moving inland and turning right behind McCuigs Bar, towards ‘Rue Point’.  The course takes competitors past Craigmacagan Lough and Ally Lough, before turning just prior to the descent towards Usher Lough and the ‘metal gate’ into RSPB land.  On the way back, runners will then turn left before reaching Soernoeg Hostel, this will take them onto the stunning coast line; from here, participants will follow the coastal path, which offers excellent views of historical ruins, through Mill Bay and back towards Church Bay, where they will finish directly in front of McCuigs Bar.

There will be a Water Stations located at 1k and 4k.

Rathlin Run - Previous Results

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