Athletics Fixtures In Northern Ireland

Storming the Castle

Amphitheatre Carrickfergus

26 August 2018 » 26 August 2018

Storming the Castle

Race Information 

Numbers will be capped at 1,000, so if you want to secure your place to avoid disappointment – book now! 


The Route:

This is a fantastic, fast, flat course with potential for securing ‘personal bests’. Starting at the Amphitheatre, it encompasses the picturesque promenade along the Marine Highway and waterfront areas, overlooking the world class marina and views of Belfast Lough before finishing at the impressive 12th Century Norman Castle near Carrickfergus Town centre. 


  • A popular race for all running abilities from serious competitors, club athletes and joggers, to those simply wanting to keep fit or run for their chosen charity.
  • Entries must be 15 years of age or over on the event day.
  • Online Entry Coming Soon !
  • Special Offer: Month of February entry fee, only £10
  • Early bird rates, £13 for affiliated and £15 for non-affiliated, are active from 1st March until 30th June 2018. Thereafter the fees will be £15 for affiliated and £17 for non-affiliated. Online bookings close at midnight on 20th August 2018.
  • Late entry fee of £20 will be applied for all on the day registration – 26 August 2018 (subject to availability).
  • Entries are NON REFUNDABLE however, we will accept name changes until 9pm on Friday 24th August 2018.
  • The race is part of the Novosco 10K Grand Prix Series

What’s included:

  • Chip timing by ChampionChip Ireland.
  • Exclusive Medal
  • Finishers’ goody bag and post-race refreshments
  • Family fun activities in Shaftesbury Park from 2pm to 5pm
  • Great memories!

Kids fun run Chase the Knight:

  • A medieval themed fun run for children at the Amphitheatre Leisure Centre.
  • Two age categories: 4-9 year olds (1k) at 1pm ; 10-14 year olds (2k) at 1.20pm
  • All children will receive a bespoke medal
  • Entry fee £2 per child
  • Each child will get a race number which must be worn to race. Collect from the Amphitheatre reception on race day, Sunday, 26th August 2018.
  • For entry contact Amphitheatre Leisure Centre on 028 9335 8342 or email 

Race Pack Collection:

  • Available from the Amphitheatre Leisure Centre, Prince William Way, Carrickfergus.
  • Friday 24 August between 4pm to 8pm
  • Saturday 25 August between 9am to 1pm.
  • Sunday 26 August from 10am to 1.15pm
  • Race Starts at 2pm at the front of the Amphitheatre Leisure Centre.

Getting Here:

Car Parking: There will be limited car parking at the Amphitheatre but there are a number of other car parks nearby - St Brides Street car park, (De Courcy Centre), Joymount off the Marine Highway and the Castle car park at the harbour.

Public Transport:  The train station is a 5 minute walk from the Amphitheatre visit


There will be pacers for the following 40, 45, 50, 55, 60 and 70 minutes and a tail runner.

Water, First Aid:

A water station will be located on the main A2 Belfast Road (opposite Magowan Tyres / Sloefield Road), and at the finish line. 

First aid will be provided by Ambutran. If any entrant needs medical assistance, please seek the help from one of the race marshals immediately.

Toilets / Changing Facilities:

Toilets, changing and shower facilities are available in the Amphitheatre.  There are also toilets at the Castle car park close to the finish line.

Post-Race Refreshments:

Refreshments for participating athletes will be available in Shaftesbury Park a short walk from the finish line. 

Marshals will direct race finishers after they receive their medal and water to Shaftesbury Park.

Lost and Found:

Will be located at in Shaftesbury Park at the Seapark AC, gazebo.


Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male/female and first male/female by age category.

Prizes will be presented by a representative of Mid and East Antrim Council at Shaftesbury Park following the finish of the race at approximately 3.30pm.


Carrickfergus Camera Club will be taking photographs throughout the race and the day’s events. These will be posted to the Storming the Castle Facebook page.  Please note these will be used for future publicity materials.


Route not suitable for wheelchairs due to high kerbs and narrow footpath throughout the course.

For further information please contact Andrew Smyth on 07969031570 or via email: