A group of people having fun during Causeway Coast

Causeway Coast Challenge

Event location

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Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland
Event start date and time

Sign up for one of our two entry options

Choose from a 27.5, 19 or 13-mile coastal walk or run with stunning views of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, starting at Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and including Dunluce Castle and the Giants Causeway. 


All participants will receive:

  • 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor
  • transport to the start line from Ulster University
  • transport from the finish line back to Ulster University (Bronze and Silver route only)
  • chip timing
  • support on the course, including first aid
  • checkpoints with refreshments, including a stop for lunch
  • finish venue with showers, changing facilities and hot food
  • breathable Parkinson's UK t-shirt
  • bespoke medal

Registration costs

Gold route - 27.5 miles

Fundraising option: Pay a £50 registration fee and pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £325

Full payment option: pay £130 to cover costs and raise as much as you can

Silver route - 19 miles

Fundraising option: Pay a £35 registration fee and pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £200

Full payment option: pay £100 to cover costs and raise as much as you can

Bronze route - 13 miles

Fundraising option: Pay a £20 registration fee and pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £100

Full payment option: pay £80 to cover costs and raise as much as you can

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Check out the course

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Causeway Coast Challenge course map (13.2MB, pdf)

Make a weekend of it

Book accommodation at Ulster University for either Friday night, Saturday night or the whole weekend for £44 per night, and take the full opportunity to explore this incredible part of the world.

Discover Northern Ireland have lots of information about how to reach the Causeway Coast, whether you're coming from nearby or further afield. Get your transport booked now, and start planning your time in this amazing part of the world!

Where your money goes

Funds raised from the Causeway Coast Challenge 2019 will go towards quality services. People with Parkinson's have told us they want high-quality care at every step of their journey with the condition, regardless of where they live. We won't stop until this happens.

Causeway Coast FAQs

Who organises the Causeway Coast Challenge?

Parkinson’s UK manages your booking, administration and sponsorship money.

Course routes, safety and logistics are planned and managed in collaboration with True Grit Events who draw on many years of experience planning and delivering a variety of outdoor events.

Who can take part?

  • Participants must be aged 16 or above
  • U18s cannot take part unaccompanied, and must walk or run with an adult
  • Pets/pushchairs are not allowed on any courses

How many people will be taking part?

We’re expecting around 250-300 walkers and runners of varying abilities.

How fit do I need to be?

The Causeway Coast Challenge is designed to be a challenge for walkers and runners, but achievable in the twelve-hour time limit. A training plan is provided when you sign up, but we recommend that you seek advice from your GP before embarking on a new exercise programme.

Will I be able to sign up on the day?

Registration will close at 23:59 on Monday 2 September 2019. We will be unable to process registrations after this date, and you will be unable to sign up on the day.

What time does it start?

The Causeway Coast Challenge will start between 7:45 and 8:15, with participants leaving in waves - walkers will start first, followed by runners.
Buses will be available to transport participants from Ulster University to the Start Line at Carrick-a-Rede car park.

What facilities will be available?

Accommodation, including breakfast, can be booked at Ulster University in Coleraine on Friday and Saturday night. 

Upon completing the challenge, there will be showering and changing facilities available at the University’s sports centre as well as hot food for all participants.
Shuttle buses will be available to transport participants to the start from Ulster University, and from the Bronze and Silver finish lines to Ulster University.

Will there be refreshments?

There will be 3 rest stops along the course with food and drink for participants, including a lunch stop at Portballintrae on the Silver (19 mile) and Gold (27.5 mile) routes.
Hot food and drinks will be available for all participants at the finish at Ulster University.

What medical provision is available?

Professional medical cover is provided at the Start and Finish areas and on the course. Please give way to any emergency vehicles that require access to the course.

What if I feel unwell on the day?

Do not take part if you feel unwell before the event. The organisers reserve the right to prevent participation on the day on medical grounds. If you feel unwell during the Causeway Coast Challenge, let the nearest marshal know and they will call for medical assistance.

How will Parkinson’s UK support me?

We provide you with sponsorship forms and regular e-newsletters containing lots of useful fundraising and training tips. We can also provide fundraising materials such as collection tins, banners and posters on request.

When will I receive my race pack?

Your event pack containing all on the day information and breathable Parkinson’s UK T-shirt will be sent out two weeks before the challenge.

If you have any other questions please contact the Events team on 020 7932 1314 or [email protected]

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this challenge, please contact our Events team on 020 7963 9305 or at [email protected]

Corporate fundraising

Could your business support us?

Your business could help us provide high-quality care for people with Parkinson's by supporting the Causeway Coast Challenge and raising vital funds

More about corporate fundraising