Rock the Lough 24-


St Peter’s AC is pleased to be back this year with their Rock the Lakes and Lough event. Based on last year’s success and following safety guidance there will be a cap on the permitted number of entries this year.

WHERE Craigavon, Northern Ireland

WHEN Sunday, 15th Sept 2024


DISTANCES 1k fun run 5 Km, 10 km, Half Marathon

WHAT ELSE? Walkers welcome in 5k!

The route for all events is flat and fast, the setting is idyllic, encompassing both Lakes, with the half marathon taking in the beautiful Oxford Island trails.The date of the event will hopefully attract runners preparing for Belfast half in September or full marathons in October. Or, for anyone wanting a run around a lovely location and a great day out!

There is prizemoney for all races with £000 for the Male and Female winners of the half-marathon!

The 5 and 10k events only are open to wheelchair and hand cycle participants.  Unfortunately, the half due to the trails around Oxford Island is unsuitable.

St Peter’s AC have a dual purpose in organising the event. It will help the club raise funding to pay for the hire of training facilities.  And our Charity partner for the event, the Southern Area Hospice Services in Newry, will receive a donation.

The whole St Peters club would like to thank you for supporting our event and would encourage your family and friends to come along to show their support.  We are looking forward to seeing you at the starting line and hope you enjoy a great day with us!

Registration for all races is available online only, there will be no registering on the day of the event. When you register online there is an option to receive your entry by post (additional charges apply). You will receive a confirmation email of your entry.

The Start and finish area for all races will be close to the South Lake Leisure Centre.

There will be no changing facilities at the South Lake Leisure Centre. Runners should arrive early and ready to run. Participants in all 3 events will receive a bespoke medal and event tee

The chipped timing of the race is being looked after by Championchip Ireland

Race Information


All races will begin and end at the South Lake Leisure Centre in Craigavon. Allow space at the front of the Start Area for the fastest runners. For the half-marathon, areas will be marked according to the anticipated finishing times. We will enlist ‘pacers’ to help runners achieve their target time.

The 5k and 10k races will circle the Lakes, whilst the half-marathon will also incorporate the Link roads to Oxford Island. Before embarking on a loop of Oxford Island’s trails before returning by the Link Roads to Craigavon Lakes, where they will finish back at the Leisure Centre, and enjoy a well-deserved rest and refreshment.

Running on Public Roads

The 5k and 10k is wholly within the boundaries of Craigavon Lakes and therefore off-road. Although it will be open to members of the public, walking, cycling, prams and dogs. The paths are wide and can accommodate everyone if tolerance is shown. The half-marathon includes not only Craigavon Lakes, but also the cycle-paths and public road to Oxford Island.  Where it then navigates the trails around the Island. The section of the public road that the route will take will be closed for the duration of our event.

Use of Headphones on Road Races

Under UK Athletics Rule 240 S5 the wearing of headphones is not permitted in races on single carriageway roads not wholly closed to traffic. Athletics Northern Ireland will be enforcing this rule. It is the Race Organiser’s responsibility to ensure this rule is enforced as any incidents or accidents relating to a breach of the rule may invalidate the race insurance.

The rule applies to in-ear or over-the-ear headphones (with the exception of those medically prescribed). Bone conducting headphones which sit on the cheek are permitted as they transfer sound through the cheekbone and do not block other sounds through the ear.

Emergency and First Aid

To assist us we will have an Event Emergency Services team from St John’s Ambulance. Additionally we have a number of trained first-aiders from the St Peter’s Club. If you see someone in trouble please come to their assistance and ask someone to contact the nearest marshal.

Water Stations

For all 3 events there will be a Water station available every 2 miles.

Changing Facilities

There will be no changing or showering facilities available at the Leisure Centre. Runners should arrive, changed and ready to go! Food and refreshments will be available to purchase before the races begin. Food and refreshments will be provided at the finish area after the event by St Peter’s AC.

Car Parking

Please note that there will be no parking spaces available at the South Lake Leisure Centre for runners at our event. Instead the car parks for our event will be located close by at the Craigavon Civic Centre (235 spaces available) and Rushmere Shopping Centre (up to 1800 spaces), On the day of the event we will have event marshals in place to direct runners from the Car Parks to the Starting Area at the Leisure Centre. To avoid traffic congestion, please arrive in good time.

Race entry fees-