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Ards Half Marathon


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Enjoy spectacular views of both countryside and seaside as you run from Newtownards to Comber on our brand new route.

Date: Friday 4th July 2008
Start & Finish: Ards Leisure Centre, William Street, Newtownards, Co Down, N. Ireland
Start Time: 6.30pm
The event is being held under an Athletics Northern Ireland Permit and has been accurately measured by Athletics N.I..
The race will be run on roads and footpaths (not traffic free) and is not suitable for wheelchairs. The course will be marshalled and police will facilitate the management of traffic. Water will be available at 3 to 4 mile intervals along the course.

Ards Half Marathon Prize List

Top Prize of £400 for the 1st Male & Female competitor

Open Race Male & Female
1st Prize £400
2nd £250
3rd £200
4th £100
5th £75
6th £50
7th £40
8th £30
9th £20
10th £15

Age Categories Male & Female
1st Over 40 £20
1st Over 45 £20
1st Over 50 £20
1st Over 55 £20
1st Over 60 £20
1st Over 65 £20

Oldest Competitor £20
Youngest Competitor £20

All entrants receive a T-shirt and medal

Entrants must be 16 years of age or over on the day of the race.
Closing date for entries: 31st May 2008
Entry Fee: Affiliated Club Runners £12, Non-Affiliated £13

Late entries will be accepted up until 25th June 2008 at an additional charge of £5.
Entries after this date will not be accepted.
Refunds will not be made under any circumstances.

Venue: Ards Leisure Centre, William Street, Newtownards
Time: Wednesday 2nd & Thursday 3rd July from 5pm to 8pm in Function Room 1
Race day from 2pm to 5pm in the Sports Hall
A large route map will be on display at the centre. Mileage markers, water stations and First Aid points will be clearly marked on the map.
At registration competitors will be asked to sign that they permit any photographs taken of them by the official race photographer to be used in future promotional material such as leaflets, advertisements and website.

Race numbers
Must be collected by all competitors at registration, be pinned to the FRONT of your running vest and is non-transferable.
Participants will be sent a confirmation letter of receipt of their entry. Details of race day arrangements will be included in the letter. Competitors must produce their confirmation letter and race number to receive their pack.

Start & Finish
The race starts and finishes at Ards Leisure Centre.
Changing and showering facilities will be available at Ards Leisure Centre.

Times and placings
Will be recorded for all finishers who will receive a medal at the end of their race.
Results will be posted on this website and the Athletics Northern Ireland website: www.niathletics .org

Prize Presentation
Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners of the male and female open competition on the day. Prizes for all other categories will be posted out.

Local radio station U105 will be holding a roadshow on the evening, time to be confirmed. Food and refreshments will be available in the leisure centre. Special rates for swimming and the children’s soft play, Whacky Whizz-ards will apply on the evening.

It is recommended that participants not currently involved in physical sporting activity should seek medical advice on their suitability to take part in this event.


Local sports shop – IN SPORT – is offering competitors 10% discount on ASICS footwear & clothing on production of your confirmation letter.

In Sport, Frances Street, Newtownards Tel: 028 9181 3811