12 Months of Running – December

By the time December comes around, our weekends are jam packed with celebrations with family and friends and days hitting the shops to pick up gifts. What better way to de-stress and detox from it all than entering into one of the many festive runs.

Jingle bells 5k


3 running chicks at Jingle bells 2015

Other than a slight incline at the start the Jingle bells 5k is one of the flattest / downhill races there is in the Phoenix park. If that isn’t enough to encourage you it’s a great run for all the family with kids getting their own race numbers on the day and plenty in the goody bag. There are even prizes for best fancy dress.

Aware Christmas run


With both 5k and 10k options the Aware Christmas run is one of the biggest of the runs during the festive period. A capacity for 2,500 runners and we also hear rumours of a Cadbury Advent (Cadvent) sponsorship this year. We will definitely run for chocolate.


Santa Dash

Taking place on Dollymount strand, the Santa Dash is the only race (in Dublin that we know of) where Santa suits are required in order to obtain your medal at the end. The rules are No suit, No medal! The whole run is on the sand but its fairly compact so easy enough to run on. What a spectacle for the kids to see, 100’s of Santas out exercising before the big day. There are also kids Santa suits available so a definite family run.


Goal Mile


Taking place right throughout the month of December the Goal Mile really is suitable for all the Family. Sprint, run jog, walk or crawl your way around the 1 mile course all in aid of a very good cause. This event is now in its 36th year and takes place in towns and villages all over Ireland so there is sure to be one close to you. To find your nearest venue click here.

ERP Xmas Cracker 2016 In Aid Of ALONE In Dublin

The inaugural Xmas Cracker is starting and finishing on the track in Morton Stadium so you get to feel like an Olympian sprinting round the track to the finish line. Burn off some calories or simply make room for more. We look forward to hearing all the reports for this 5k.

Fat Turkey run

What a great way to burn off that Christmas Dinner. The Fat Turkey run takes place between Christmas and new year and is a lung buster if ever there was one. But what a great feeling when you have peeled yourself off the couch from underneath the wrappers of Roses,  got some fresh air and managed a 10k. Virtuous to say the least with plenty of mince pies and a party in the rugby club after this is a great family day out or a great way to get away from the family for the day.

Tom Brennan Memorial (Jan 1st)

Although technically not in December the Tom Brennan Memorial on New Years day has the same feel to the other festive runs. What a great way to start the new Year. This will blow off the cobwebs and start the year off the way you hope to continue, running.
Whatever you get up to in December we hope you have a wonderful Christmas and wish you all a happy new of happy injury free running.

Need to find a race?

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.
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.