Athletics Fixtures In Northern Ireland

NI Ulster Championship Bangor 10k

Castle Park, Bangor

29 September 2018 » 29 September 2018

Start Time: 11am

Online Entry

For more information please contact Clare Russell on 07901823349, or alternatively via email:

Registration information

Online registration is now open until 23rd September.

Early bird fee applies for entries received before 31st July. All online entries will also receive personalised bib numbers!

“Late entry” is also available at number pickup on Friday 28th & Saturday 29th September

Pack Collection

Race pack collection will be available on Friday 28th & Saturday 29th September at Bangor Aurora Leisure Centre. Opening times are from 5.00pm – 8.00pm on Friday, and 8.30am – 10.45am on Saturday.

Race Information

The race will be chip timed and part of The Novosco 10k Grand Prix race series. All entrants will receive a goodie bag and all finishers will receive a unique bespoke medal. The chip will be attached to the bib number – please do not fold or damage the chip.

The total prize fund, of over £3400, will include the usual age category prizes, for both male & female winners. Prize giving for the 1st 3 male and female will take place at approx 11.45am in Ward Park and all other prizes will be posted to the winners.

The race starts in Castle Park, near the front of the Town Hall, and finishes in Ward Park. The race is an all-inclusive event, and has attracted Olympians such as Paul Pollock, National Marathon Champion (Irl) Laura Graham, local athletes, new athletes and wheelchair participants in the past.

Water stations will be available at The Meadows, Groomsport, and at the finish line.


Changing facilities, including showers, are available at Aurora Leisure Centre. Toilets are also located in the Leisure Centre, as well as public toilets at the start area.

Free car parking is available at the Aurora Leisure Centre, near the start at Castle Park, or close to the finish at Ward Park. There are also a number of paid-for carparks in the town. Please allow plenty of time to park and make your way to the start line.


The route is fairly flat and fast, with a short hill around 9k. The route starts in Castle Park, close to the front of the Town Hall, and makes its way through Bangor town centre before heading out along the coast and countryside to Groomsport. The route will loop through Groomsport once again meeting the coast for the penultimate KM back to Bangor. The finish area is in Ward Park in Bangor, where there is plenty of space to rest and enjoy the atmosphere. Please note, the roads are not closed to traffic so follow marshals instructions. Why not ask to family and friends to come along and support along the route!


The race is held under Athletics NI Permit and has been accurately measured. Participants must be 15 years or over on race day. Roads are open to traffic. In line with UK Athletics Rules, the wearing of headphones is NOT permitted. Any athlete wearing headphones during the race will be disqualified.

Please note for Health & Safety reasons, runners will not be allowed to compete pushing buggies or prams. In line with UK Athletics Rules runners must not be accompanied by a dog in the race. First Aid will be provided by ProParamedics, along the route and at the finish.


We would like to thank Ards and North Down Borough Council and the PSNI for their support in hosting this event. We are extremely grateful to all our sponsors for their assistance – George Best Belfast City Airport, Pure Running, and Bangor Aurora.


Results will be available as soon as possible after the race, on the following websites:

Athlete transfer and refunds.

No refunds will be issued. If an athlete wishes to transfer his or her entry to another athlete this must be done no later than 9pm on Friday 28th September. Any athlete running under another competitor’s race number will be disqualified. As bib numbers are personalised, any personalisation cannot be amended.

NI & Ulster 10k Championship

This race is the designated NI & Ulster Championship 10k race and the Athletics NI Championship Regulations will be applicable.


This year, for the first time, £1 from each online entry, to a maximum of £1000 will be donated to charity. The chosen charity is Open House #savebangorcourthouse. Open House has secured an 18-month lease for the Courthouse, the first step in transferring full ownership of the building to them. Their aim is to restore the Victorian listed building into a thriving permanent festival venue for Bangor. More information is available on their website

Design a Medal Competition

Once again this year we would like to invite primary school aged children to enter a competition to design the medal that will be given to everyone who finishes the race. Unleash your creativity, there are no restrictions on the design and your medal will hang around the necks of 100s of tired race goers on Saturday, Sept 29th. The winner of the competition will be awarded a special edition of their medal and invited to attend the prize giving on race day.

All entries should be made by 5.00pm on Friday 1st June. Paper entries can be hand delivered to the Spectator Newspaper offices at 91 Main Street, Bangor, or 2 Balloo Link, Bangor. Alternatively email your design to

The lucky winner will be selected and notified by 8th June. Please include your name, address, DOB, telephone number and a parent/guardian signature on each entry. Only entry per child is permitted.