Race Information

Race Date: 26th December 2021
Start Time 12noon SHARP


Greencastle Community Centre, Greencastle, Co Tyrone BT79 7RX


Online Entry Closes: Sunday 20th December 2021 at 23:59:59

Late Entries

Covid-19 Restrictions in place - No entries on the day.

Pack Collection

Race packs can be collected inside Greencastle Community Centre from 9am on the morning of the race. Please print your confirmation email and bring it with you on the day in order to collect your Bib No/Timing Chip and t-shirt.
More updates to follow, covid-19 restrictions may result if different arrangements.

Pack Contents

Your pack will contain your BIB number, recyclable timing chip & high quality technical t-shirt. Bib Numbers must be worn on the front (chest). The timing chip must be attached to your shoe laces and returned after race.

Chip Timing

The timing chip must be attached to the laces on your running shoe, please use the cable ties provided, do not overtighen. All timing chips must be returned after you cross the finish line. There will be stewards present to cut off chips, please use the provided cable ties, we don’t want to cut your laces.

Your time will start when you cross the start line so don’t panic about losing time at the start.

Walkers will not get a timing chip. Please do not enter the run if you are walking.
Please enter the walk which is seperate from the run.
Race walkers are permitted to take part in the main event.

Chip Timing – Mile Splits

The course is accurately measured and your time will be recorded at every mile, our results will show your split time for each separate mile, afterwards we will have the most comprehensive set of results supplied for any road run.
We will have no less than 6 timing systems on the course, early starters will be automatically disqualified.


If you cannot take place in this year’s Run for any reason, Please do not give your entry to another person without notifying us. Once you have found someone to transfer to you MUST contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in order to complete the transfer. All online transfers must be completed by 8pm on 24th December.
Last year we had a few runners swapping numbers which caused a problem in the prize giving. One female runner gave her Bib/chip to her husband who finished well up. He finished 1st in a female category which stopped the legitimate prize winner from receiving her prize on the day.
You may not think it, but swapping bibs/chips has knock-on consequences.
Please take the time to email us.


All cancelled places must be notified to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note there is a NO REFUND policy if you cancel your place.

Post-Race Refreshments

You will receive water and a goody bag when you cross the finish line. Post-race refreshments will also be provided in the Community Centre.
More updates to follow, covid-19 restrictions may result if different arrangements.


Please be sure to not mix up chips with your friends.
Please note for Health & Safety reasons, Runners will not be allowed to compete pushing prams or leading dogs.

Due to congestion, no walkers are permitted on the course during the run. There is a separate walk that starts at 10am, approx over 300 took part in that alone.


There are 800+ parking spots at Greencastle Community Centre. Finding a parking spot will not be a problem, Please follow the marshal’s instructions.

Water Stations

There will be a water station at the 3mile point in Greencastle village.

Toilet Facilities

Toilets are available in the main car park beside the start line and also in Greencastle Community Centre.

Cash Prizes and Awards in all categories listed below.

Male Overall: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th.
Female Overall: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th.
Male Masters - 1st, 2nd & 3rd in all Categories.
Over 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65 & 70+  
Female Masters - 1st, 2nd & 3rd in all Categories.
Over 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60 & 65+

Prize giving

Unconfirmed, usually at 1:30pm in the main hall. Covid 19 restrictions may mean prizes are posted afterwards, more info to follow.

About the Greencastle 5mile

The Greencastle 5mile is the longest running Road Run in County Tyrone having taken part on the same course every December 26th since 1986, it may even be Ireland's current longest consecutively running road race.

The course is a unique road race in that it is a near perfect 5mile loop starting and finishing on the same spot.

The route is famous for its 800m long hill between 3.5 & 4mile. Apart from the hill the first 2.5 mile is probably the fastest you’ll find in the country. The course levels out between 2.5 & 3.5mile before you hit the hill. Once over the hill, you have over 1000metres downhill back to the finish line were you started.

Greencastle is located halfway between Omagh & Cookstown in County Tyrone. It is very centrally located and easy to find. Check our website for a map. Greencastle is located on the foothills of the scenic Sperrin Mountains.

We pride ourselves on providing a top quality event with a sensible entry fee. The whole Greencastle Community gets behind the event and a warm welcome always awaits anyone who takes part.


keep an eye on our website www.greencastle5.com or on our Facebook page for further updates in relation to this year’s run.