East Coast AC present... Cairncastle Classic Fell Race


Cairncastle Classic Fell Race

Race 5 in the Podium4Sport NIMRA Championship 2019


Category - Medium
Distance - 10 Miles
Elevation - 2200ft +/- (approx)

See below for full details of course (exact checkpoint co-ordinates will be published in due course).


There will be a LIMITED amount of entries available on a first come first served basis at Race HQ on race day from 9:30am.



📆 SATURDAY 1st JUNE 2019

⏰ RACE START TIME 11:00am.

🏖 VENUE: Ballygally Beach, Ballygally.


Online registration is available until 9pm on Thursday 30th May 2019 via www.eastcoastathleticclub.co.uk/cairncastle-classic-fr

Registration and number collection will be at Ballygally community hall, opposite the main beach entrance.

The community hall is above the ‘Spar’ shop and parking is available at the venue. Participants, marshals and spectators are asked to leave the front of the car park (adjacent to the Coast Road) free for shop customers.

Entry to the hall is available from 9:30am. Please note that registration will close at 10:40am. Participants will be issued with their race number, timing dibber and go through the kit check.

On the day registration will most likely be available, for the sum of £11 for registered athletes and £13 for unregistered athletes.


Please bring your safety kit to the registration for the kit check. Once each participant has passed the kit check, they will be permitted to clear and check their timing dibber.

All competitors must carry the following;

✅ Map of the entire race route
✅ Whistle
✅ Compass
✅ Waterproof jacket with integral hood, with taped seams (windproof not acceptable)
✅ Waterproof trousers with taped seams ( windproof not acceptable)
✅ Hat and gloves (buff acceptable)
✅ Emergency food, equivalent to one chocolate bar. This food must still be in your kit at the end of the race, unless you have had an emergency.
✅ Foil blanket

📢 This list is a minimum requirement!

Participants will not be permitted to start the race, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, should their presented kit not meet the above standards.

We would also recommend appropriate off-road mountain running shoes, or trail shoes at a minimum.  These are a strong recommendation as opposed to a mandatory requirement like the above list.

Random kit checks may take place at any stage of the race, including the finish. Anyone found without the relevant kit will be disqualified.

Participants are advised to carry as much food and water as they think is necessary to be able to safely complete the race. There are no water sources on the route. Depending on the weather (extremely hot conditions), 5 litre containers of water may be available at CP4 (Linford Car Park), however, the participant will be required to have their own cup/bottle and manage this themselves.


The course will be as below and as previously advertised.

🏁 The START - Ballygally Beach. Initial road section will be marshalled.

CP1 339 063 (Knockdhu Summit gate)

CP2 341 061 (Lower Gateway)

CP3 344 048 (Fence corner - turning point)

CP4 333 073 (Linford Carpark)

CP5 337 090 (Scawt Hill summit)

CP6 355 084 (Drumnegreagh Road junction)

🏁 The FINISH - Ballygally Beach.

The route is predominantly unmarked, however some orange marker flags and red/white tape will be used in various sections to ensure participants do not trespass on private ground and for safety reasons (e.g cliff edge after CP1 and safe descent off Scawt). Flags will also guide runners to a specific fence crossing point shortly after CP5.

A control box will be located at each checkpoint location and participants must register their timing dibber at each control box. Any missed Checkpoint’s will most likely result in disqualification.


There is a cut-off time of 12:45 at Linford Car Park (CP4).

All participants arriving at the checkpoint after this time will be instructed to retire from the race. Participants who retire from the race must return to the start/finish area to report to the race officials.

Those who retire due to injury, illness or exhaustion are required to accompany the marshals to Ballygally community hall.


- 9:30am: Race Registration opens.
- 10:40am: Race Registration closes.
- 10:50am: Race Briefing at the start location (compulsory).
- 11:00am: Race Starts!
- 12:15pm: First Finisher⁉️
- 2:30/3:00pm: Prize Presentation 🏆

Please share this important information with anyone you know who is registered, or intends to register for the event.

Thank you for supporting our event!

East Coast AC Race Team

East Coast AC Cairncastle Classic Fell Race 2019

East Coast Athletic Club would like to invite NIMRA members and fellow fell runners to the inaugural running of the Cairncastle Classic Fell Race. The route will provide many different challenges, regardless of ability and take in a lot of the classic running routes around the famous Sallagh Braes and north coast skyline.

The event base will be at Ballygally, a coastal village, 5 miles north of Larne. A community hall, car parking and toilet facilities will be available only metres away from the start line.

Description of the most efficient route:

The race will start on Ballygally Beach. Participants will follow the Cairncastle Road, uphill, in a westerly direction for 1 mile (roughly the same gradient as Slievenaman Road, Co Down), passing one of County Antrim’s oldest and most iconic public houses ‘Matties Meeting House’. After the road section, the course continues uphill on a farmers track which leads onto the fells and the well-known ‘face’ of Knockdhu. 

Upon reaching the summit, runners will turn south west and run along the edge of the Sallagh Braes to Check Point 1 (located at a stile)– offering superb views of the countryside, Larne lough and hopefully Scotland (in favourable weather). From Check Point 1, runners will negotiate a short but tricky descent to the valley floor and Check Point 2, where many scenes from the cult American drama Game of Thrones were filmed. From CP2 there is a gradual ascent along a rough tractor path, in a southerly direction, onto the Antrim Hills way and subsequently the turning point at Check Point 3. 

From CP3 runners will retrace their steps in a northerly direction and onward to Check Point 4, at the well-known Linford Car Park. From Linford Car Park, it’s a long but gradual climb to the final summit, Scawt Hill (CP5). From the scenic Scawt summit, it’s practically all downhill to the shoreline, initially on fell, before joining a rocky tractor path (CP6) and onto the coast road at ‘The Half Way House’, a hotel/restaurant owned by legendary Irish boxer Dave Boy McAuley. 

From this point, it’s a flat run back to the Ballygally Beach, passing Ballygally Castle (reputed to be the oldest occupied building in Ireland) en-route to finish line.

IMPORTANT:  In terms of marking, only the road junctions and the farmers paths will have minimal marking, to prevent trespassing or damage to property.

Course Map:

A full route map for the course is available HERE.  Exact checkpoint co-ordinates will be published in due course.