Park Run was originally started back in 2004 by a group of 13 runners in the UK. Park Run came to Ireland in November 2012 with Malahide being the first location. Since then it has extended to a number of locations throughout the country.
In Dublin you can check out Malahide Castle, Ardgillan Castle, St Annes Park and Marlay Park. A full list can be found here.
Park Run is a weekly 5k run which takes place on a Saturday morning at 9.30am. It’s free to join but you do need to register. The registration process will generate an individual barcode for you which will act like a timing chip and record your finish times each week for you. Great for tracking your progress. You can also view your times online under the results section.
It’s a fun, interactive way to get started on your running journey and its quite common for runners to hang around for tea/coffee afterwards. Runners are a great bunch of people and always eager to trade tips and motivate each other.
As the events are run entirely by volunteers many of the runners and their friends and family lend their time to ensuring each event is adequately set up and staffed. They are always to happy to have more support even if you don’t intend to run.
A perfect way to get you outdoors, fit and healthy with like minded people of all ages and fitness levels.