Skip to Content

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Deep RiverRock Queen’s 5K Race Postponed

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Deep RiverRock Queen’s 5K Race Postponed

As a University, we recognise that this is an anxious time for many within our community and I know that many of you are worried about the COVID-19 pandemic.
As always, the health of our students, staff and wider community is the University's main priority and, following a meeting of the Major Incident Team, a number of key decisions have been made in order to help assist in the wider effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). This includes the postponement of large-scale events such as the Deep RiverRock Queen’s 5K Race on Wednesday 25 March.

We are working with the Athletics Club at Queen’s, Athletics NI, sponsors and relevant authorities to ensure this popular event can take place on the proposed date of Wednesday 10 June 2020. We will be in contact with all registered runners by email and via social media as more information becomes available.
More detail on the above measure is now available on the University FAQs page.

Queen's Sport will be in contact with all applicants with any updates.


Race Time

3K - Wednesday 25th March 2020 6:50pm

5K - Wednesday 25th March 2020 7:30pm


Enrollment is available through


Entry Costs5K3K
Students/U19 £8 £8
ANI registered £14 £8
Unregistered £16 £12



Pack Collection:

Early race pack collection will take place on Monday 23rd March (6pm - 8pm) and Tuesday 24th March (6pm - 8pm) in the Membership Room of the Queen’s PEC, Botanic Park, Belfast.  Once through the main entrance turn immediately left before reception.  This is not available for 3K runners who entered after Friday 20th March.

Race packs can also be collected on the day in the main hall of the PEC from 2pm until 20 minutes before the relevant race.  NO late entries will be accepted on the day.

All entrants receive a free race t-shirt.  We have endeavoured to get everybody their requested size but as the order is placed a few weeks in advance of the race some competitors may have to go up or down a size.


Race Information:

Both races start on the Annadale Embankment and finish outside the PEC gates on the Stranmillis Embankment.  The course follows a loop along both Embankments between the Ormeau and King’s Bridges. 

The 3K starts at 6:50pm sharp and consists of 1⅔ laps of the course.  The 5K starts at 7:30pm sharp and consists of 2¾ laps of the course.

We estimate that it takes 15 minutes to reach the start line from the pack collection hall.  Please leave plenty of time to ensure you do not miss the start of your race.  Be aware that traffic may be on the surrounding roads until 6:45pm.

Be aware that leading athletes will be lapping the field.  Please move aside when they come through as they will be competing for 5K championship positions.



Please be aware that traffic will still be travelling on the Ormeau and King’s Bridges adjacent to the race.  Follow the instructions of any marshals, police officers or signage at all times.  Watch out for the curbs located all around the circuit.


Headphone Ban:

As of 1st January 2018 the wearing of over-the-ear/in-ear headphones during races on single carriageway roads not wholly closed to traffic is not permitted (UK Athletics Rule 240 S5).  This applies to both the Queen’s 5K and 3K.  The penalty for not abiding by this rule is disqualification.

Please let us know if you have medically-prescribed over-the-ear headphones or if you will be using bone conduction headphones.



There will be parking available at the Queen’s PEC however we expect this to fill up quickly.  Once the car park closes at 6:30pm cars will not be permitted in or out until the roads have reopened at approximately 8:15pm.

Additional parking is available at the McClay Library (only after 5:00pm), at the carpark near the entrance to Stranmillis College and near Cutter’s Wharf on Lockview Road.  Further on-street parking can be found in the Stranmillis area.  Please do not use the Dunnes Stores car park off the Annadale Embankment.

Please leave adequate time for parking, pack collection and reaching the start line.  Get in touch with us as soon as possible if you require special access arrangements.



Toilet, showering and changing facilities are available free of use in the PEC for competitors.  A limited number of lockers are also available and require a £1 coin to use.


Refreshments & Prize-Giving:

All finishers will receive a bottle of Deep RiverRock courtesy of our sponsors.

Pizza, tea, coffee and additional refreshments will be available in the main hall of the PEC from approximately 8:00pm.  We would encourage you to join us for a well-earned bite to eat, chat and to congratulate the winners.

Please follow the instructions of any marshals if you have finished in the top male or female categories.

The following prizes will be presented at the end of the race in the presentation area of the PEC car park.


Top 3 Male

Top 3 Female


Top 3 Male overall

Top 3 Female overall


All other prizes will be sent out by post after the race (this may take up to 6 weeks).


We hope you enjoy the race!