12 Months of Running – July

July brings us lovely warm weather (ahem, yes in Ireland – just look at the pictures below) and lots of wonderful running events. Here are a few of our favourite races this month.

Docklands 5k

A lovely flat route starting on the South Docks at Lime street and heading out over the Matt Talbot Bridge as far as the 3 arena to return back for a nice fast finish.  Following the Liffey for the entire run this is a great run for supporters too as no matter where they are along the route they are sure to catch a glimpse of you at least twice.


Race t-shirt and number can be collected at race HQ in the days leading up to the event so no mad rush on race day. What else would you be doing on a Thursday Evening? Register here and look out for the super support of the Running Chicks along the route.

Check out some of our ‘vintage’ photosDocklands run from 2013 , Docklands Run 2012 and Docklands Run 2011. Great to see so many faces in these pictures still running.


 Clontarf Half Marathon and 5 mile

Our Clontarf classes have run part of this route so many times its like a ‘home game’.


The Clontarf 5 mile and Half-Marathon both start and finish along the seafront in Clontarf. For the first year the 5 mile route is turning just before you reach the sand on Dollymount. The Half marathon follows the start of the 5 mile and continues along Dollymount strand (for the most part of this the sand is very compact and great for running on) and turning just before Sutton. Claiming to be Ireland’s Flattest Half Marathon and 5 Mile a great chance for a PB. The race is also sponsored by Erdinger so a nice Beer post run. (not to mention the doughnuts at the finish line.)


Liberties Fun Run 6k

Liberties Fun Run orange logo

Many of our Running Chicks rave about this Thursday night run in the Liberties area of old Dublin City . The Liberties FunRun  is a charity event for St James’s Hospital Foundation and takes place through the streets near the hospital with lots of local support. The start and finish are in the grounds of IMMA / Royal Hospital Kilmainham and it’s the perfect time in the evening to go straight after work.

Repro Free: Monday 25th May 2015. Former long distance runner and World Cross Country Champion Catherina McKiernan officially launched the St James’s Hospital Foundation Liberties Fun Run today. The annual 6km fun run, which is now in its 7th year, starts and ends in the historic Royal Hospital Kilmainham and is one of the few road races that Dublin City Council permits. Participants will pound the cobblestones of Dublin’s Liberties taking in James’s Street, St. James’s Gate, St. Catherine’s Church, Thomas Street, the National College of Art and Design, Francis Street, The Coombe and the Guinness Storehouse on July 16th from 7.45pm. Funds raised will go towards world-leading lung cancer clinical research and patient treatment at St James’s Hospital. Pictured is former winner Dr Orla Drumm and Catherina McKiernan. Picture Jason Clarke Photography

Fingal 10k


More recently introduced to the series and it was much needed is the Fingal 10k. Initially there was too big a jump from 5 to 10 miles and sitting at 6 miles this race (although the only one not in the phoenix park) is a valued addition. The route commences in Swords village and heads out along the dual carriageway before veering off down country roads that non locals in Swords would be very unfamiliar with. It’s a lovely course bringing you back in to finish in the village and congregating on the grounds of the castle in Swords.

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These are a few of our favourite runs. If there is one you think that we should include, please let us know, send us your race report and we will do our best to add it in.
If you are interested in taking part in this or any other race, but don’t know where to start with your training, contact us and we will be happy to set you on the right path for a training plan.
Check out the very user friendly GoRun.ie which has a great listing of all upcoming races.

We also have lots of our own events this month :  ForgetTheGym Events.