Ards Half Marathon and Walk 2016

Ards Half Marathon and Walk will start at 6.30pm on Friday 24 June 2016. The half marathon is Athletics Northern Ireland's 2016 Championship race. 

The ninth Ards Half Marathon and Walk takes place on Friday 24 June 2016. Starting and finishing at Ards Leisure Centre in Newtownards, the 13.1 mile route takes runners through the town and surrounding countryside. The walk route covers approximately nine miles of the half marathon route. 

Athletics Northern Ireland Half Marathon Championship

The race is open to all clubs affiliated to Athletics Northern Ireland and Ulster, including Monaghan, Cavan and Donegal. To be eligible, runners must be a registered member of an affiliated club and include their registration number on their entry form. Each club team must have four members.

The first three male and female individuals and teams will receive medals. 

Entering the half marathon

To enter, you must be 17 years of age or over on race day. You can enter online, download an entry form below or request a printed entry form by contacting our Sports Development office. If you're entering as an affiliated club member, you need to include your registration number.  

Entry date Fee
On or before 27 May affiliated club members £15
non member £17
28 May until 17 June affiliated club member £20
non member £22
18 June until 24 June £25

Entering the walk

To enter, you must be 16 years of age or over on race day. Entry fee is £15. You can enter online, download an entry form below or request an entry form by post. There are no refunds. 

Online entries

Online entry is now closed. You can make your entry at Ards Leisure Centre up to and including race day.

Requesting a print entry form

To request an entry form by post, contact Ards and North Down Borough Council:
telephone: 028 9182 4018

Race pack collection 

You can collect race and walk packs from 22 June in Ards Leisure Centre. All entrants will be emailed their race number on Monday 20 June. To receive your race pack, you need to present a print or mobile confirmation of your entry which shows your race number. 

Date Time Room
Wednesday 22 June 5.00pm - 8.00pm Function room one
Thursday 23 June 5.00pm - 8.00pm Function room one
Friday 24 June 9.00am - 5.45pm Sports hall

Race information

For information about timing chips, pacers and water stations, see our "Race information" page.
Race information


The first thousand entrants to the half marathon and walk combined receive a tee-shirt. All finishers receive a medal. The first 100 finishers receive a medal with a Top 100 red ribbon, the second 100 finishers receive a medal with a Top 200 blue ribbon. The walk is not competitive.

Race winners

There will be ten prizes for male and female race competitors. There will also be prizes for race winners in wheelchair, different age categories and oldest and youngest competitors. 

Category prizes

Male and Female open race prizes:
First £400, Second £250, Third £200, Fourth £150, Fifth £100, Sixth £75, Seventh £50, Eighth £40, Ninth £30 and Tenth £20
Wheelchair race prize: £50 (minimum of two entrants required for prize to be awarded)
First in each male and female age category receives £20:
Over 40, Over 45, Over 50, Over 55, Over 60 and Over 65
First Oldest competitor receives £20
First Youngest competitor receives £20 

Race and walk results 

To download race results from our events since 2008, go to "Ards Half Marathon and Walk results" page.
Ards Half Marathon results