Waggy Races at Tollymore Forest Park

28 September

Following the success of the first Waggy Races at Castleward earlier this year we are excited to announce that the next race will be staged in Tollymore Forest on Sunday 28th September. Entry is now open online (www.waggy-races.com)  and we will be working in partnership with Guide Dogs NI for this event.

There is an option to make a donation during the registration process. Guide Dogs NI will be present on race day and you will even have the opportunity to get a 'Hero Dog ' cape for your 4-legged team mate to compete in!

Situated near Newcastle at the foot of the Mournes, Tollymore Forest covers an area of over 1,500 acres and boasts fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and sea. The Shimna River flows along its rocky bed through the centre of the park - this tree shaded river with its numerous deep pools is home to a variety of birds and mammals such as kingfishers and otters......and come the 28th September, will be a welcome place to cool down for our four-legged athletes!

The Race
The only fun run in the country in which participants run together with their dog! Competitors run, jog or walk a 5km course with their four-legged friend(s) attached on a lead.

Who can enter?
The simple answer is that anyone can enter. There is no upper or lower age limit. All you need is a dog and the ability to run, jog or walk 5km (3 miles)! 


Entry Form

Getting to the start by car:

From Belfast - Take the A24 south to Clough Village, then join the A2 Newcastle Road. Just past Dundrum, the forest park is signposted to the right.

Date Info:

28th September

Performance times:

Race starts 11am



The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Newcastle Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

From Newcastle - Follow the signposted route from the Central Promenade towards Bryansford Village. After approximately two miles the forest park is signposted on the left.
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