|Tracklength:||1460 yards (1335 metres)|
|Elevation change:||80 metres|
|Altitude finishline:||150 metres|
|GPS coordinates:||54° 36′ 21.6″ – -5° 50′ 17.88″|
|Average Speed:||122,85 km/h|
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|03/08/2013||Wallace Menzies||DJ Firestorm||0:39,69||Results|
|03/08/2013||Scott Moran||Gould GR61X||0:39,41||Results|
|02/08/2014||Trevor Willis||OMS 28||0:44,31||Results|
|02/08/2014||Trevor Willis||OMS 28||0:42,40||Results|
|02/05/2015||Will Hall||Force WH||0:45,54||Results|
|02/05/2015||Trevor Willis||OMS 28||0:46,40||Results|
|30/04/2016||Scott Moran||Gould GR61X||0:39,40||Results|
|30/04/2016||Scott Moran||Gould GR61X||0:39,12||Results|
|29/04/2017||Trevor Willis||OMS 28||0:40,37||Results|
|29/04/2017||Trevor Willis||OMS 28||0:40,38||Results|
|05/05/2018||Dave Uren||Gould GR55B||0:40,17||Results|
|05/05/2018||Trevor Willis||OMS 28||0:39,36||Results|
Craigantlet Hillclimb lies on the outskirts of the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland. The capital of Northern Ireland lies at the end of a bay that becomes the Irish Sea. The mouth of the bay is also the end of the River Lagan. The city is built on the flood plains of the river. Belfast is surrounded by hills, those in the west are rather sharp and have peaks of upto 400m. Craigantlet Hillclimb is however located on the east where the hills are lower and more gradual.
The area around Belfast has been inhabited since the Bronze Age. Evidence of these prehistoric civilizations can be still be discovered, like at the Giant’s Ring henge. However, it was not until the 17th century that Belfast started to develop. At that time Protestant English started to settle in Ireland, laying the foundations for the religious violence centuries later. In the 19th and early 20th century Belfast became an economic center. Industries as diverse as linen, tobacco, rope making and heavy engineering fueled the growth of the city. But most important was the shipbuilding industry. The most famous ship built in Belfast was without a doubt the Titanic. The history of the ill-fated ship and other oceanliners is traced in a brandnew museum (opened 2012) called Titanic Belfast located on the waterfront.
The importance of the shipyards and the industry made Belfast a prime target for the German Airforce. The city was heavily bombed by airraids in 1941. In the later half of the 20th century the city suffered in the Troubles the sectarian conflict between the ‘republicans’ and ‘loyalists’. Since the 21st century the violence is all but disappeared and Belfast is now one of the premier tourist destinations of the United Kingdom. The city does not have many monuments from before the 19th century but makes up for it with festivals, events and other activities.