- Strangford, Downpatrick, County Down, BT30 7BA
GOOGLE DIRECTIONS HERE
- By road
- 7 miles north-east of Downpatrick, 1 mile from Strangford on A2
- On foot
- on Lecale Way
After a year in the making, Tough Runner UK is finally crossing the sea and bringing an Epic 10K race to Ireland, taking place on 7th June, 2020.
Set to be not only one of the most exciting 10K’s in N.Ireland, but also the most unforgettable races in the counties calendar.
The N.Ireland Epic Trail 10K is open to all, it’s the ideal race for beginners and experienced athletes alike. Whatever your current ability, this truly is a race for everyone, sign up today and enjoy the challenge!
You can expect an awesome trail race starting at the historical and picturesque Castle Ward, famously known for the film location of Winterfell in the TV series Game Of Thrones.
The 10K route will take you on a journey comprising of beautiful trail, sea side scenery passing all of castle Wards famous landmarks.
Don’t miss out on being part of the first ever Tough Runner UK event in N.Ireland.
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With this race you'll get:
RACE BRIEFING FOR ALL RUNNERS
START OF THE IRELAND EPIC TRAIL 10K
FIRST RUNNERS EXPECTED
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POSTPONED- DATE TBC
View the race route HERE.
- By cycle
- Cycle route information
- By ferry
- from Portaferry
- By bus
- Downpatrick to Strangford, bus stop at gates. Summer bus service weekends only
- Wheelchair accessible
- Adapted toilets
- Braille Leaflets and info
- Shop for local produce in the delightful gift shop
- Pick up a bargain book from the second-hand bookshop
- Organic soup and sandwiches from the stableyard tea-room
- New cycle path. Free trail maps from leaflet dispensers in car park area, visitor reception and gift shop
- Stay overnight in the caravan park (Contact Castle Ward for more information)
Did you know HBO’s Game of Thrones® was filmed at Castle Ward?
The hit HBO series has become a worldwide phenomenon over the course of its award winning seven seasons.
Castle Ward’s historic farmyard is the location of Winterfell, the backdrop for the series pilot and much of season one. It’s also where you will find the Whispering Wood and key scenes including Robb Stark’s Camp, the Baelor battle and when Brienne confronts the Stark men.
HBO’s Game of Thrones® spent eight weeks at Castle Ward building the set of Winterfell ahead of the pilot episode and hundreds of actors and crew worked on the filming here.
The Current Castle Ward History
The current Castle Ward is a particularly unusual building, famed for having been built with two completely opposing decorative styles.
One half is built in the classical Palladian style, with the other half which faces out across Strangford lough is built in the more elaborate Gothic style.
A Marriage of Compromise
The reasoning behind this unusual decorative scheme is that the original builder of the house, Bernard Ward, 1st Viscount Bangor, did not agree with his wife Ann on the décor. The story goes that they both preferred different styles, Bernard the classical and Ann the more fashionable Gothic, and so their compromise was to split the house down the middle. Their marriage seems to have been troubled with disagreements, and not long after the house was built in the early 1760s, they separated, with Ann leaving Castle Ward for good.
There will be event parking at Castle Ward and will be a small fee of £5 per car.
This event is open to people of all abilities.
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Yes there will be a bag drop facility available for the event. There is a small fee of £2 for the use of the bag drop marquee.
YES! We provide a free photographer, Ed Morris Photography. Post event the photos are usually available within 48-72 Hours
Yes water will be located at the start/finish and halfway point.