Castlewellan Night Race  & Charity Walk

Date of Event

Friday 13th  January 2023



Early Bird Price: £25 until the 31 st Dec.
Late entry: £30pp from the 1 st January.

Start Times:
5km Run – 7:30pm
Cancer Focus 5km walk – 7:35pm
10km Run 7:45pm


Castlewellan Night Race  & Charity Walk

Early Bird Price: £25 until the 31 st Dec.
Late entry: £30pp from the 1 st January.

Start Times:
5km Run – 7:30pm
Cancer Focus 5km walk – 7:35pm
10km Run 7:45pm

The Castlewellan Night Race has become favorite in the night running race
calendar spanning over a decade since we first put the event on. The event
comprises of a charity walk and 5km & 10km run taking in 2 laps of the beautiful
Castlewellan lake and surrounding woodland. The trail has a mix of everything
from tarmac, single track, fire road, gravel and mud and if you’re really lucky a
dusting of New Year snow.


Parking and Pack Collection

Parking will be in the main Castlewellan car park and will be clearly signposted on your arrival to Castlewellan forest park.

Once parked pack collection will be at the start/finish gantry at the entrance to the car park.

You won’t miss it!

Route conditions

The route is a mix of tarmac, gravel fire road, gravel single track and the usual mud. As the event is taking place in December there could be leaves on the trail making it slippery underfoot in its length as well as possible wintery conditions. Please be prepared for all conditions. Road specific shoes are not recommended for this event.

Way marking

We take way marking seriously, especially at night. The course will be marked with the usual arrows and flags with the addition of fluorescent poles with strobe lights at key locations.

Safety on the Course

The course has been specifically designed with a view to night running and finding your way around it in restricted visibility. The loop format allowed the race to operate in a more confined space with less opportunity to take a wrong turn. Our adventure team will be located at Key locations in the course to monitor the progress of the race and help at any stage if required. Our crew are all professional qualified with adventure leadership at various levels and hold high levels of first aid.


At the finish line you will receive a finishers Medal, and event Beer from Mourne Mountain Brewery. The event beer has been specially made for the event with 26 Extreme Branding. If you’re the designated driver you can take yours can home unopened or enjoy it as a post-race refreshment if you have a lift. There will also be plenty of snacks, tea and coffee available also.

Official Charity Partner

Cancer Focus NI.

Once again, we have teamed up with Cancer Focus as our Official Charity partner for this event. Cancer Focus provide care and support services for cancer patients and their families; offer a range of cancer prevention programmes to help people lessen their risk of getting cancer; fund scientific research into the causes and treatment of the disease and campaign for better health policy to protect our community and its future.

If you are looking for a charity to support we recommend Cancer Focus. 

Just get in touch and their team will be with you every step of the way. 


to find out how to get involved and raise funds.


Official Accommodation Partner

Once again for 2022 East Coast Adventure has been nominated as the Mourne
Way Marathons official accommodation partner. Set in the Mourne Mountains just
3 miles from the start line, East coast Adventure has accommodation to suit even
the most discerning traveller. With luxury double rooms and spacious family
rooms they will have the perfect combination to suit everyone’s needs. All rooms
are ensuite and have access to state of the art self-catering facilities. The entire
Mountain Lodge has just had an extensive renovation completed in June 2021. East
Coast also have a beautiful Glamping and Camping site to the rear of the lodge if
you want to be a little closer to nature.
check out www.eastcoastadventure.comz
for more info. You won’t be disappointed.

Our Beer Partners

Mourne Mountains Brewery

We are proud to announce our official partners Mourne Mountains Brewery. Great Beers for all our Great Participants. Mourne Mountains Brewery was founded in 2015, situated in the foothills of the beautiful Mourne Mountains. At our 16HL brewery in Warrenpoint we brew a diverse range of beers from fruited sours to imperial pastry stouts and highly-hopped IPAs – all vegan friendly! On our traditional brewhouse we use the finest whole leaf hops from around the world and the highest quality brewing malt but the ingredient we treasure the most is our water supply. Originating in the high Mournes, it is beautifully soft and perfect for brewing a wide variety of beer styles.