Hill and Dale Series 2020

Hill & Dale 2020 Challenge.

We are living in unprecedented times.

As you will all know, all racing is currently cancelled – see notices on NIMRA (https://www.nimra.org.uk) and IMRA (https://www.imra.ie/news/view/id/619/) websites.

Further advice is also available on the Athletics NI website (https://athleticsni.org/News/Athletics-NI-News/COVID~19-Statement).

Sadly, we have had to take the decision to postpone the Hill & Dale Series and the Slieve Donard Race. All current registrations will be saved and we would still hope to reschedule some or all of the races once the situation allows.

In particular, the Donard Race has taken place every year since 1946 and we will do all we can to see a 2020 version before the end 2020!

Best wishes to everyone from Newcastle & District Athletic Club – stay healthy, respect the distance, continue to be vigilant with hand washing, cough and sneeze into your elbow (or better still an old-fashioned handkerchief) & help save a life…

IMPORTANT NOTICE : Any runner who knowingly competes using another athletes race number, without a number or without registering at the start of each race will be banned from the Hill and Dale Series and all future Newcastle AC organised events. Anyone not following this rule is putting others lives at risk. The race organisers must know who starts and finishes each race, to ensure all runners are accounted for and no one is lost on the hills.


Online Registration will close on Tuesday 7th April at 9pm. It will reopen after Race 1.


No entries will be accepted on the day.


  • Water will no longer be provided after each race. Please use the reusable bottle issued with your number last year. 
  • No pins will be provided with your race number, please use the clips or bring your own pins.
  • Locations may have no or limited toilet facilities. Toilets can be used at race Pub’s before and after. Please make arrangements before your travel.

View Entries Series Calendar


Please note the Slieve Donard Race is not part of the 2020 Hill & Dale Series. Full details on the Slieve Donard Race can be viewed by clicking here.


Entry Fee
Entry Fee is payable on day of race.
Attached/Unattached: £10
Juniors (Aged 16-18): £5
Entry Fee for Race 10 will be a donation to charity.


All races start at 7.30pm SHARP.  Entries close at 7.15pm.



  • Safety equipment required for races: compass, whistle, full body cover comprising of waterproof jacket with hood and trousers, hat and gloves (Click Here to view the Fell Running Association rules) which must be brought to ALL H&D races. 
  • Non-compliance with safety equipment rules will result in disqualification from the series or from the race. 
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers are mandatory for all races.
  • NO headphones or ear pieces of any description are allowed for safety reasons.
  • All runners must report to the finish.
  • Reasonable fitness levels needed – cut off times will apply at the discretion of the organisers.
  • All efforts should be made by runners to car share, and park safely at all races.


Barcoding System

  • All numbers must be worn on front of vest and not on shorts.
  • Please try to pin your number on as flat as possible.
  • Please do not fold numbers.
  • At your 1st race you will be issued with a barcoded race number
  • Always make sure your number is scanned before the start of each race, if you don’t you will not appear in the results and be disqualified from the series.
  • Please ensure your barcode is visible and scannable at the finish line. Make sure your arms or hands are not in the way e.g stopping a watch.
  • Look after your number, there is a £5 charge for replacement.

The use of barcoding and looking after your numbers is to help reduce the workload of the volunteers involved with the series. Thank-you for your support.

Any queries should be emailed to info@newcastleac.org