Castlewellan Christmas Cracker 2023


This year’s Castlewellan Christmas Cracker will be held Saturday 30 December 2023. 1pm start.

Online Registration will open on Monday 25th September 2023 at 18:00.

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Further information and to enter online:

Christmas Cracker 2023

Christmas Cracker Medal 2023

This year all finishers will receive a medal. The medal was designed by students at Shimna Integrated College.

Soup and rolls are available in the hall after the race for all participants!

Cash prizes for first three teams, Men, Women & Mixed.

Cash prize for first team outside top three in following age categories (combined age on day of race): 80 -99, 100-119, 120-139 and 140+ Men, Women & Mixed.

Spot prizes for best fancy dress.



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