SPAR Great Ireland Run

In the heart of Dublin is one of Europe's largest city parks, and for one day every year, a 10k course that challenges runners of all abilities and ambitions. Don't forget that it’s going to be a family affair on the day too, as our popular Junior & Mini events feature a 1.6k course for 3-8 year olds and a 2.5k stretch for the older, 9-15 year olds.

People running the SPAR Great Ireland Run

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The SPAR Great Ireland Run Course

One of the main attractions on the day, which is also beamed live to the nation on RTE 2, is the All Ireland County Challenge where you can have the chance to race for your home county.

The early bird discount gives you the chance to enter for only €20 (or £17), but remember, it's only available to the first 1000 people to enter!


The Course

The SPAR Great Ireland Run 10k takes place in and around the beautiful surroundings of Phoenix Park in Dublin – a 1,752 acre expanse, twice as big as New York’s Central Park, home to over 600 fallow deer and one of the world’s oldest cricket clubs. 

A popular place for visitors and sporting events, the park is the perfect place for a 10k run. Starting on Chesterfield Avenue runners will make their way around the north corner of the park before looping around and heading south towards the Phoenix Monument and Papal Cross.

Keep your eyes open for hurling matches taking place on the Fifteen Acres, and get a glimpse of the Magazine Fort before you make your way west towards the Furry Glen passing St Mary’s Hospital. You’ll then head back up towards Chesterfield Avenue to make your big finish. 


All Ireland County Challenge

The SPAR Great Ireland Run gives each and every runner the chance to represent their County in the All Ireland County Challenge. To qualify, each County must have at least five registered runners, and the winner is determined by the fastest average time of each county’s competitors, using chip finishing time technology. The winning County are competing for the Ronnie Delany Trophy. At the end of the competition we will also identify the time for the fastest male and female finisher.

More information about the All Ireland County Challenge will be coming soon!

Event Location: , Phoenix Park