EDAC Rollercoaster Races

(in association with Phoenix Natural Gas)

This year the East Down AC Rollercoaster Races (Downpatrick Race Course) take place on Saturday 10th March and we are excited to announce that Phoenix Natural Gas are on board as sponsors of the event.  2018 will see a bigger, better event with medals for all children taking part.

Phoenix Natural Gas will be manning a Fuelling Station to give out drinks, snacks and other goodies. The young athletes will get a sense of how the professionals feel!

The races will replace the Junior Jimmys Event previously held on the day of the St Patrick’s Parade. This is not a Cross Country event as all the races take place on the perimeter road so there will be no wet or muddy feet to contend with and while there are neither hurdles nor fences to negotiate they are not flat races either!

This event is a unique opportunity to run in a superb venue with grandstand viewing. The closed roads and tarmac track provide a safe competitive arena. Last year nearly 200 children took part across the age groups and we expect even more this year.

Schools are encouraged to send in lists of pupils in advance but entry is also available on the day. Please note the new start time of 11am – previously advertised to schools as 12 noon. Please register by 10.30 am to allow the program to start on time.

First race 11am


11.00 am – P3 Fillies (400 metres)

11.10 am – P3 Colts (400 metres)

11.20 am P4 FILLIES – 2 FURLONGS (500 metres)

11.30am  P4 COLTS – 2 FURLONGS (500 metres)

11.40 am P5 FILLIES – 2 FURLONGS (500 metres)

11.50am P5 COLTS – 2 FURLONGS (500 metres)

12.00 noon  – P6/7 FILLIES RACE  – 4 FURLONGS (1K)

EAST DOWN SHIELD for 1st  SCHOOL TEAM – Best 4 to count. 

12 .15 pm – P6/7 COLTS RACE – 4 FURLONGS (1K)

JOHN McKEAG SHIELD for 1st  SCHOOL TEAM Best 4 to count.

Medals for all finishers in all above races

12.30pm –   COLTS AND FILLIES STAKES (Aged 13 and under on day of race)  7 FURLONGS (1.5K)

Medals for 1st  3 Boys and Girls

12.50pm – COLTS AND FILLIES STAKES (Aged 15 and under on day of race)        10 FURLONGS (2.5K)

Medals for 1st  3 Boys and Girls

1.15 PM – ROLLERCOASTER DERBY – 25 FURLONGS (5K)a good sharpener before Jimmy’s 10 the following week! The bookies will be looking out for form.

Prizes for 1st , 2nd  and 3rd  Male and Female

Register: Entries for all races will be taken on the day. Opens 9.30am – closes 10.30am for all Junior events. Seniors can register until 12.45
Race Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
Start Location: Downpatrick Racecourse (Horse racing) (View Google Map)
Start Time: 11am

Further information:  Joe Quinn/Tom McClean
Email: joemarathon50@btinternet.com    Mobile: 07933214894 (Joe)  07850076121 (Tom)

Course video

2013 Race video (Seniors)
Part 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3Ssok89358
Part 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRKJkttdX1k