Ballydougan Road, Downpatrick, Co. Down
That we do not know. We are keeping our options open as long as we can but, as with every business, organisation and event, we have to ensure that we safe guard out organising team, our helpers, our landowners, our competitors and of course any members of the public who we meet. We are also aware that fitness of horses (and riders) may not be where it normally would by in September. To that end we are monitoring official government advice and will make a call nearer the time. If we do manage to run this year it will only be a single day event held on the Saturday.
Unfortunately the 2020 Home International and Celtic Challenge Competitions have been cancelled due to the Covid19 pandemic and they will not be returning to St. Patrick's Coast this year.
St. Patrick's Coast Endurance Ride 2019 - what a great success it was. Record entries and the introduction of the new Team event played a large part in this success..
Congratulations to all our winners...
2020 sees us in our 7th year and the development work continues to make it bigger and better again. A stunning 32km (20 mile) loop taking in forest, old railways, farm lanes and fields as well as a significant distance of beaches, less than 1.5km of road work to top it off.
Due to Covid19 a decision of whether the 2020 event can run will be made nearer the time and announcements made on Social Media and here on the web site so watch this space.... The saftery of all involved will be the priority behind any decision to run or cancel.
The event features Pleasure Rides for all, non-members welcome, of 16km (10 miles) and 32km (20 miles) [note the 16km ride does not take in the beaches]. Competitive Rides (CTRs) from 32km (20 miles) up to 80km (50 miles) and this will be joined by Endurance Race Rides (ERs) of 80km (50 miles) and 120km (75 miles) and if demand is there a 2-day 160km (100 mile) event.
Leaving the beach in 2017
We always try and host a Farmers and Prizegiving event on the Saturday evening after the ride.
We would encourage anyone who can stay to please come along and support this part of the event. It is our chance to say thank you to many of the farmers and landowners over whose land you will ride. Stabling and Camping is available, there are many local B&Bs as well - why not make a weekend out of it and join us for some great criac and good food after the ride. It is open to everyone - book your tickets for the BBQ, Camping and Stabling with your entry.
For 2018, with the support of Murphys Bar and Restaurant, we are delighted to also ask, as our guests, the many road stewards to this event - even more reason for riders to attend and help us say thank you to them all. You can book your tickets with your entry.
As usual the 16km (10 mile) Pleasure Ride will not take in the beaches at Ballykinler and Tyrella so if you want the beach ride enter for the 32km (20 mile) class.
There are also prizes for Pleasure Riders - to be eligible all you have to do is Vet before starting and within 30 minutes of finishing and make sure your times are taken at the start and finish - no extra cost - so why not plan to challenge yourseleves and improve on last year or set a benchmark for next year.
from 2016 aproaching the finish line
Thanks to Aloeride for this great wee reminder from the St. Patrick's Coast 2016 ride when we welcomed teams from England, Scotland and Wales to the Home International and Celtic Challenge Competitions.
There are more videos of the ride on the Aloeride web site at www.aloeride.com/videos-st-patricks-coast-ride-home-international-2016
Please note ALL horses entering the race course property MUST have up-to-date (annual) Flu Vaccinations. Therefore we cannot accept entries from horses or ponies that will not be up to date with their shots. Sorry no exceptions.