Sunday 10th September, 2017
We’d like to say thank you and congratulations to everyone that took part in the Runher Coastal event on 26th May — the evening was a huge success!
The next event will be held in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter on Sunday 10th September, which will be open for entry soon!
Friday 26th May
This is a ladies-only walk, jog, or run event offering a 5 km and 10 km option. Please read all of the following info as it will answer most questions you may have about Friday’s event.
If you still have questions, please get in touch with staff at Pure Running.
Pack collection and late entry
Pack collection will be held at Pure Running on: Wednesday 24th May, 10:00 am–6:00 pm Thursday 25th May, 9:00 am–8:00 pm Pack collection will be available at Seapark Bowling Club, Holywood on: Friday 26th May, 2:00 pm–6:30 pm Please be aware that we are not able to hand out packs outside of these times.
Late entry to the event is still available during these times at an entry price of £22.
Pure Running are offering 15% off any full-price items in store during pack collection and until Sunday 28th May at 6:00 pm.
5 km event start at Rockport School
The 5 km start is from the pitches at the back of Rockport School at 6:30 pm running down onto the coastal path and finishing in Crawfordsburn Country Park.
There is no option to collect your race number/pack at the 5 km start location — this must be picked up at Pure Running on Wednesday or Thursday, or at Seapark on Friday afternoon.
If required, bags can be left at the school and will remain there until after the event when you return to Rockport. Please do not leave valuables behind. There is no facility to bring bags to the finish from Rockport.
Toilets will be available.
There is no parking available in the school grounds. Cars can be parked on the Seahill Road, although space may be limited. We would encourage you to get dropped off, use public transport, or car share where possible to get to the race start. There is a train station at Seahill on the Bangor–Bangor line, with a short walk down a lane to the school.
Shuttle buses are provided at Crawfordsburn from 7:30–10:30 pm to return runners to their starting point. Please do not leave it until the last minute to attempt to board the bus as they cannot accommodate everyone at once! See notes below re: buses for further info.
How to find the Rockport 5 km start from Belfast
Follow signs for A2 Bangor.
On the A2 Bangor Road, pass George Best Belfast City Airport on your left, the town of Holywood on your right.
Continue on the A2 to Bangor past the Culloden Estate & Spa on your left for 1 km, then turn left at the traffic lights onto Seahill Road.
Turn left again to remain on Seahill Road for 200 m, before turning left onto Rockport Road.
Continue a short distance along Rockport Road and you will arrive at Rockport School.
Look out for further Belfast Telegraph Runher signs on the road to help you find your way!
5 km prize-giving
The prizes for first, second, and third place in the 5 km event will be awarded near the finish line at approximately 7:00 pm.
10 km event start at Seapark
The 10 km event start is at Seapark, just outside Holywood.
Access to Seapark itself will be very limited from 5:00 pm except to residents and officials.
There will be limited parking on the far side of the dual carriageway.
Ideally, you should be dropped off, park slightly further away (close to the Dirty Duck in Holywood is handy) and walk/jog to the event start, or take public transport. There is a train station in Holywood about a mile from the start. Please use the pedestrian crossing to make your way across the main Belfast–Bangor A2 which will have a high volume of traffic.
There will be portaloo toilets situated at Seapark pre-race.
There will be a bag-drop van in operation sitting outside the gates of Seapark Bowling Club. The van will leave Seapark at 6:45 pm and entrants can collect their belongings from the same van at the finish in Crawfordsburn. While these bags will be attended the whole time, we ask that you do not leave valuables.
The fabulous Fitness Freddie will lead a warm-up at 6:45 pm at the Seapark 10 km start.
There will be a staggered start at 7:00 pm, with those expecting to run under 40 minutes going first, followed by under 42 minutes, under 45 minutes, under 50 minutes, under 55 minutes, under 60 minutes, under 65 minutes, and walkers.
Signs indicating these staggered start zones will be displayed at the start area. Please be realistic about the time wave you choose to go in. The chip timing provided will record your exact time from crossing the actual start line to crossing the finish line. The timing chip is found on the back of your race number, and doesn't need to be removed or attached elsewhere.
How to find the Seapark 10 km start from Belfast
Follow signs for A2 Bangor.
On the A2 Bangor Road, pass George Best Belfast City Airport on your left.
Go around the Holywood ring-road, and turn left after the traffic lights onto Seapark Road. There will be Belfast Telegraph Runher signs displayed to help you find your way.
The address is: Seapark, Seapark Road, Holywood, BT18 0LH
10 km prize-giving
The prizes for first, second, and third place in the 10 km event will be awarded near the finish line at approximately 8:00 pm.
General route information
The coastal path, consisting of tarmac, sand and gravel, is narrow, rutted and uneven in places so take care. There are rocky outcrops, an arch to duck under and bridges to negotiate. For the 10 km event only, there is also a grassy ‘heartbreak’ hill before the finish, so leave something in reserve!
Water station for the 10 km event is located at the halfway point, on the path near Rockport School.
There will be friendly and supportive marshals at intervals all along the route to provide directions and encouragement. Give them a wave and a smile if you can!
If you need any assistance they will call-in for help — Ambutran First Aid are on hand.
At the finish in Crawfordsburn Country Park, we provide water and bananas free of charge, and the Woodlands Cafe will be open, selling a range of healthy and sweet refreshments at reasonable prices.
G-Force Amusements will be in the finish area with free, fun activities from 6:00 pm so your family can be kept entertained while they wait for your moment of glory! They could drop you to your start point and carry on to Crawfordsburn, ready to see you in and bring you home! Just be aware that as the park is open to the public the car parks are likely to be busy, especially if the weather is in our favour.
There will be four complimentary shuttle buses to take participants back to both the Rockport School and Seapark start points. These will operate between 7:30–10:30 pm. Please do not leave it until the last minute to attempt to board the bus as they cannot accommodate everyone at once! We suggest that if you need to be back at the start point by a certain time, please go early for a bus or make alternative arrangements.
Marshals will direct you to the buses which will be within the park but not directly at the finish area.
We hope you will understand that as we cannot predict the exact time at which everyone will want to leave, there are likely to be queues for the buses. Please don't leave it until the last minute to find your way home.
If you have any queries on this matter, please give us a call on 02890 325151 or e-mail email@example.com.
We hope you enjoy the evening and look forward to hearing your post-event stories and seeing some great pictures!
Thank you for joining us.
The Runher team
Seapark, Holywood ⟶ Crawfordsburn Country Park
There will be a bag drop service available to transfer your kit from the event start at Seapark to the finish at Crawfordsburn Country Park. Transport will also be provided from the finish at Crawfordsburn back to both Rockport School and Seapark. See thetab for further details.