On Saturday 11 February 2017 it’s the Rollercoaster races, at Downpatrick Racecourse. 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!


As in previous years the emphasis is on the children and there will be separate races for P3 Boys and Girls commencing at 12.00 noon, as well as P4 and 5. If necessary, due to safety concerns, the P6/ 7 category will be divided into separate races with School Team Competitions for the both Boys and Girls over a 1,000 metres distance. Under 13 Boys and Girls will compete over 1.5K and Under 15 is over a testing 2.5K.

The Senior race is over a 5K distance – about as near as Downpatrick can get to a Parkrun – with the added bonus of the runners getting to pay an entry fee for it!

It is hoped that as many as possible of the schools taking part will send in their lists of competing pupils in advance of the race day to facilitate the registration and ensure the 12 noon start. Entries will of course be taken on the day for all races and in particular for the Senior race which ends the programme and is scheduled for 2.15 pm start.


Register: Entries for all races will be taken on the day.
Race Date: Saturday 11 February 2016
Start Location: Downpatrick Racecourse (Horse racing) (View Google Map)
Start Time: 12noon Junior & 2.15pm Senior

  • P3 Boys and Girls
  • P4/5 Boys and Girls
  • P6/P7 Boys and Girls
    (Special shields for the Best Boys and Girls P6/7 Primary School Teams (first 4 finishers to count) over a 1,000 metres distance.
  • Under 13 Boys and Girls will compete over 1.5K
  • Under 15 Boys and Girls will compete over 2K.

Further information:  East Down AC (Contact Form) or Joe Quinn via
Email: or
Mobile: 07933214894

Course video

2013 Race video (Seniors)
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Part 2 –