Half Marathon
Sat 22 Jun 2024 Ballycastle, County Antrim, UK

Mighty Hikes | Giant's Causeway | Half Marathon

Take on a challenge and join Macmillan at the Giant's Causeway Mighty Hike - take in the dramatic views of N Ireland’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site to support people living with cancer.

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  • Sat 22 Jun 2024
Larrybane Quarry, Ballycastle > Bushmills Football Pitch, Bushmills

Half Marathon



Age 14 & over

  • 12.8 miles hiking + 114 m ascent


The Macmillan series of one-day hikes will take you to some of the most beautiful and unspoiled parts of the UK. Bring your family and friends together and have a fantastic day out while raising money for people living with cancer.

Challenge yourself in a spectacular coastal setting and enjoy a wonderful atmosphere whilst raising vital funds to support Macmillan Cancer Support.

This event is part of Mighty Hikes | Giant's Causeway.

Event video

  • Event village
  • Fancy dress
  • Spectators
  • Teams


It's easy to create a team! 

Follow the steps to become a Team Captain when you register. Make sure you have a list of names and email addresses of your fellow team members. Once you have signed up, an email invite will be sent to your team members with a bespoke link for them to fill out their own registration form and join your team.

As Team Captain you will have the option to pay their registration fee, otherwise your team members can pay when they get their invite.

Every time a member of the team completes their registration, you’ll be sent a confirmation email. That way you can monitor who has or has not joined your team.

  • Bag transfer
  • Cafe
  • Coast
  • Free parking
  • Rural
  • Toilets

Event HQ

Larrybane Quarry
County Antrim
BT54 6LS

Free parking

There's free parking for all hikes at Ulster University, BT52 1SA which can be booked when you register.

Free shuttle bus

There will be a free shuttle bus from the car park to the start line at the beginning of the hike, and from the half marathon finish line back to the University after the event if you are taking part in the half marathon.

The journey from the University to the start line is 30 minutes and the shuttles will run from 05:20 to 07:40.

The journey from the half marathon finish line is 20 minutes and the shuttles will run from 12:00 to 17:00.

Please note that shuttle buses depart on a fill-and-go basis so listen out for updates on the day from the helpful Mighty Marshals.

Kit list

You will need to be prepared for all weather and bring all the essentials needed for the hike. A full kit list is available.


Your family and friends can meet you at the finish event village to cheer you across the finish line. However, they will not be able to accompany or meet you at any of the pit stops.


Unfortunately, no dogs can take part in a Mighty Hike with the exception of assistance dogs. This includes at any of the start and finish venues. 

  • Check points
  • Cut off time
  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Marshals
  • Point to point
  • Return transport
  • Sweeper
  • Toilets
  • Traffic free
  • Undulating
  • Water stations
  • Wave start

The half marathon option follows a gorgeous route, taking in many of the highlights of this spectacular coast.

Route highlights

  • Starting from Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge
  • Enjoy wonderful views as you reach Portbradden Harbour, overlooking Whitepark Bay
  • Pass the atmospheric ruins of Dunseverick Castle
  • Arrive at the iconic Giant's Causeway, a remarkable coastal spectacle
  • Stride to the finish at the village of Bushmills, home to the famous whiskey
Point to point along the famous Causeway coastline.

  • Bring your own cup
  • Public transport links
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability policy

Single use plastics

  • There are refill stations where you can fill your reusable bottle to avoid handing out bottled water
  • Compostable cutlery, plates and cups are used across the start, lunch and pitstops
  • The event day bib is fully recyclable


  • A specialist company collects and sorts the rubbish post-event to ensure as much is recycled as possible
  • All Mighty Marshals and other staff are briefed to pick up any rubbish they see along the route on the day
  • There are plenty of bins at each pit stop for participants to use


  • The power at Mighty Hikes is provided by hybrid generators
  • Energy-efficient LED bulbs are used to light the marquees

  • Medal
  • Post-race meal
  • Technical t-shirt


  • Free Macmillan walking top
  • A clearly marked route
  • Pit stops with snacks and drinks
  • Medical assistance
  • Free food at the finish
  • Finishers medal
  • Baggage transfer from start point to the finish
  • Complimentary coach shuttles between venues
  • Celebratory bubbly at the finish

Useful resources

  • Mighty Hikes Sponsorship Form
  • Mighty Hikes Training Zone
  • Mighty Hikes Training Plan
  • Mighty Hikes Merchandise
  • Mighty Hikes Kit List
  • A-Z of fundraising ideas
  • Downloadable 'Sponsor a Mile' poster
  • Cotswold Outdoors 15% discount

Not Included

  • Accommodation
  • Travel to/from the event
  • Personal hiking gear (boots, clothing etc)
  • Travel insurance

  • Fundraising materials
  • Fundraising required
  • Fundraising support


There is a £250 fundraising pledge per hiker.


There is a £250 fundraising pledge per hiker however a team may have a joint fundraising target and joint fundraising page. This means the overall goal is shared.

eg. a team of 4 will have a target of £1000. 


Fundraising towards your £250 pledge is part of the challenge and the team is full of ideas to help you get there. Small steps can take you a long way and every pound you raise will help support more people living with cancer.

Macmillan Cancer Support

No one should have to face cancer alone.

Macmillan will move mountains to help people with cancer live life as fully as they can. If you’re diagnosed, your worries are shared.

And they don’t stop there. They're going all out to find ever better ways to help people with cancer, helping to bring forward the day when everyone gets life-transforming support from day one.

But without your help they can’t support everyone who needs them.

  • Age 14 & over
  • Entries open
  • Enter online
  • Fundraising required
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14-17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Entry fees

Entry fee


Minimum sponsorship


It was the best organised event I have attended. The volunteers that cheered us on were amazing. Feet are in bits but worth every step to raise funds for a great cause. David, hiker of the Giant's Causeway

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