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This year the event is online entry only.  You can enter the races HERE.

Entry fees are:

  • 10 Mile Challenge (1:00pm Start) - £25
  • 5k Race (1:10pm Start) - £15

All competitors will receive an official race t-shirt, water, chocolate and Clif Bar as part of entry fee.


Prize giving will take place at Race HQ close to McCuigs Bar at 3:00pm:

There will be prizes for the following athletes....

Rathlin Run 10 mile Challenge
1st Place Male & Female
2nd Place Male & Female
3rd Place Male & Female
1st Place Vet35 Male & Female
1st Place Vet40 Male & Female
1st Place Vet45 Male & Female
1st Place Vet50 Male & Female
1st Place Vet55+ Male & Female

Rathlin Run 5k Race

1st Place Male & Female
2nd Place Male & Female
3rd Place Male & Female

Note:  Participants will only be able to avail of one prize, for example, should a Vet35 finish within the top three places... they will be classed as podium placing athlete in the open race and the next Vet35 who finishes outside of the top three will receive the Vet35 prize.


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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.


Important:  All runners are responsible for their own ferry arrangements.

To book your outbound and return ferry with the Rathlin Island Ferry visit their online booking website at www.rathlinballycastleferry.com 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.      

Rathlin Island Ferry Company Timetable - Summer Schedule


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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.