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Ardagh Challenge 10 mile & 5km

Organiser: Eamon O’ Kane
Phone: 085 713 6690

Dec 30, '17 at 1:00 pm

Race Entry Fees

Ardagh Challenge 10 mile, chip timed – €20
Register for the 10mile event here
Ardagh 5 km fun run, chip timed – €10 
Register for the 5km event here
Ardagh 5km walk, no chipped timing – €5 – Register on the day. 
Ardagh Challenge 5km Under 5’s – Free

Registration on the day is open in the Community Centre from 11am but if you want to avoid the queues register online. 

Race Start

10 mile starts at 1pm
The 10 mile start is located at the front entrance of the community centre

The 5km race start is at 1:15pm approximately (when 10 mile runners have cleared the village).
The 5km race start is located in front of Lyon’s shop

Race Routes

10 mile
Travels up through the village past St Brigid’s church before turning around a traffic bollard at about 1 km and coming back through the village.  The route then heads from the village towards the famous Ardagh Mountain (Don’t panic, it’s only a small mountain) at about 2 mile.  The climb lasts for about 1200m and is quite steep in parts so gauge your effort.  After a nice down-hill section the course is quite flat with a few long inclines up to the finish.
The 10 mile route map is available here.

5 Km
The 5 km route is mostly flat or downhill to just after 4km before you climb into the village and towards the finish.  A fast time could be on the cards if you have something left for the finish.
The 5km route map is available here.

Race Finish

The finish to both races is located on the village green

When finished continue forward and follow the road round to the right where you can enter the community centre through the car park back entrance.  (Please do not double back over the race route)

Place your race number in the container provided at the finish chute.

10 mile runners collect their specially commissioned medal in the finish chute.

Prize Giving

Presentation of prizes will take place at the community centre from 2:45pm approximately.

Prizes Categories

10 mile
Female: 1st/2nd/3rd  Cash prize
Male: 1st/2nd/3rd Cash prize
Over 40 and over 50 Male and Female: 1st place Trophy

Male: Medal for 1st/2nd/3rd
Female: Medal for 1st/2nd/3rd
Male and Female U/16: Medal  for 1st/2nd/3rd  

No runner will receive two prizes. Where a runner in the U/16 categories finish in the top 3 overall they will be awarded that prize and the next best finisher in that category will move up. For example, the 1st U/16 finisher places third in the 5k race, they will receive the overall 3rd place medal. Then the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place U/16 finishers will be awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place U/16 medals.

Please see our Facebook page for more info re the prizes.

Post Event

Showers are available in the Ardagh GAA centre which is located less than a mile from the village on the Longford road.
Refreshments are available in the community centre after the race so hang around, have some food, chat and wait for the prize giving.


Parking can be found at each of the following locations;


Please remember that you are running on open roads with traffic and the rules of the road will apply. The course will be well marshalled but it is your responsibility to take care of your own safety. Please listen to the instructions of the race marshals. Run on the right hand side of the road. At junctions take care to ensure you can cross safely.

Thank you for supporting the Ardagh Challenge. Every euro raised from the Ardagh Challenge goes towards providing community games activities for children in the Ardagh Moydow Glen Community Games Area.

We look forward to seeing you all on the day to either burn off some turkey or clear the head after St Stephens night celebrations.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact or messenger me through our Facebook page


Dec 30, '17
1:00 pm
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ardagh, Longford
Longford, Ireland
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Eamon O’ Kane
085 713 6690