NI Night Championships (Date TBC)

Venue Castlewellan – Forest Park
Date Sat, 15th Feb 25
Starts 18:00 to 20:00
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Event Description

Date Saturday 15 February 2025
Venue Castlewellan Forest Park
Event Format Northern Ireland Night Championships
Online Entry .
SI Entries
Online Entry closes Midnight, Monday 10 February 2025
Registration, Start and Finish TBC
Price (TBC) The Score Champs and the Night Champs can be entered individually, or a discount for both!

Member Member Non-Member Non-Member
One Event Two Events One Event Two Events
Senior (aged 21 or over) £10 £16 £12 £18
Junior or Student £5 £8 £6 £9
Maximum charge for a family* £25 £40 £30 £45
Terrain Summary Castlewellan Forest Park is dominated by the park’s centrally located lake, the eastern end of which is mainly typical parkland with scattered mature trees, the forest carpark and visitor centre, and a large campground.

Most of the competition terrain will be in mixed hardwood/conifer forest that surrounds the lake and the hill of Slievenaslat. Large areas of the forest have recently been cleared and patches of rhododendron have been removed.

Remaining areas of forest are of good general run ability although there are many areas of undergrowth (brambles, nettles etc) especially along path edges and plantation margins.

Castlewellan is a busy park which we will share with walkers, dog walkers, horse riders, cyclists and slow moving vehicles. Please give way to other park users. There is an extensive path/track network including many mountain bike trails – which we expect to be busy. Courses will be planned to avoid as much as possible the mountain bike trails although it is expected that runners will at times cross or use the tracks for short distances – please use extreme caution and be courteous to other forest users avoiding stopping, slowing or startling the riders. There are also kayakers and stand up paddle boarders, if you startle them, you are well off route – keep away from deep water!

Previous Maps/Routegadget Castlewellan map was last used at the NICS on 25 June 2022. Previous routegadget map and courses can be found here:
Course Notes

The NI Night Championships will have the following classes. Competitors can choose to run up a class, e.g. an M50 may want to run the Long course but must then compete as M Open:

Course Classes
Long (approx 5k) M/W Open
Medium (approx 3.8k) M/W Vet 45+,  M Super Vet 55+
Short (approx 2.8k) W Super vet 55+, M/W Ultra vet 65+, M/W16
First Aid and Safety There will be a first aid and a qualified first aider available at registration. Registration is also a safe place for lost children to wait.

Please do not come to the event if you are unwell.

Please bring and carry any medication you might need, especially inhalers and EpiPen’s.

If you come across an injured or ill person, please stop, help and get further help. There will likely be qualified first aiders on the course who can stop to provide support.

All participants must return to download, whether they complete the course or not. This is to account for all competitors, ensuring everyone’s safe return.

Courses will close and controls collected in at 3pm sharp. If you are still out on the course at this time return to finish and download immediately.

Kit requirements Full body cover is mandatory.

A whistle (emergency alert is 6 loud blasts per minute) is mandatory.

A waterproof jacket may also be mandatory if the organisers decide the weather requires one, so bring one along just in case.

Parking Car parking and download will be in the main carpark in Castlewellan Forest Park. There is a cost of £5 per car.
Toilets  Public toilets are situated at the car park.


Castlewellan – Forest Park
Forest Park View
BT31 9BU

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