The Dublin Run

Date: Saturday, 18 May 2019

Start and Finish Line: Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place,
Dublin 7


  • Registration at Blackhall Place: 9:15am – 10:15am
  • Bag-drop and free fruit/water: 9:15 – 10:40am
  • Warm up: 10:40am – 10:50am
  • Start: 11:00am
  • Take the route through Phoenix Park (see course map)
  • Finish in the grounds of the Law Society, Blackhall Place
  • Finish Line Festival – BBQ and bar, DJ, kids activities, family fun

Runner Packs

Once you register and hand in your sponsorship card and required amount, you will receive the following:

  • Runner bib and timing chip
  • Official Calcutta Run technical runners’ t-shirt
  • Goodie bag
  • Entrance to event with BBQ token (on raising a minimum of €120)

Sign up to the Dublin Run


Firm Team Challenge

This year’s Calcutta Run once again brings you a team competition. Each team will consist of four participants, with the aggregate of the team members’ times being the team result. The Teams can run in either the 5km or 10km distance. The top 3 teams will win prizes in both distances at the Finish Line Festival, which takes place after the run.

Firm Team Challenge – a team must consist of 4 staff members (two male and two female participants) from the same firm.


10km Firm Team Challenge

5km Firm Team Challenge                 

An additional prize will be awarded to the Best Team Fancy Dress

Registration will close for the Firm Team Challenge on Friday, 3rd May 2019 at 5pm. There will be NO registration on the day for the Team Challenge, so be sure to register before 3rd May. Each team member must register individually and indicate the team name while signing up to participate in the run.

Inter-Firm Competitions

We also encourage firms to hold competitions within the firm or against other firms, rewarding the winners with a prize/trophy. Or, challenge a local firm, the losing team donating an agreed some of money to the winning firm’s overall fundraising target.

Course Info and Map

5km Route

The 5km route will hopefully encourage individuals new to the sport of running or who wish to walk a shorter distance, to commit to participating in the Calcutta Run. Download the map here.

10km Route

The modified 10km will enhance the safety of all runners and walkers, while making the route flatter by minimising hills. Hopefully this will make running the course faster and lots of personal bests will be broken on the day. Download the map here.


Must I register on the day?

Yes, registration will take place from 9:15am and you should also hand in your sponsorship card and money at registration. We want to announce the grand total raised following the run.

What time does the run start?

It starts at 11am. Please ensure to arrive early to register and receive your timing chip.

Do I really have to raise €120 as a minimum?

We ask you please to choose your target here. This is a charity run rather than simply a free fun run. To meet our target and help The Hope Foundation and Peter McVerry Trust, we really need you to make the effort. Many people raise far more than €120.

What is the route?

It starts in the Law Society’s headquarters at Blackhall Place and enters the park at the North Circular Road gate and around to the Phoenix monument down by St. Mary’s hospital, around the S-bends and leaves the park at the main Conyngham Rd. entrance and back to Blackhall Place via Arbour Hill.

Can I walk?

Of course. Many of the participants walk or jog and there are a few hundred serious runners.

Will there be water stations on the course?

Yes, there will be 3 water stations at approximately 3km, 6km and 8km marks.

Will there be km/mile markers on the course?

Yes, there is a marker at each kilometre. Please note that the course is slightly longer than 10k (10.3k) so if time is important to you take your time at the 10k marker (Junction of Arbour Hill and Ardree Rd) but continue running or walking to Blackhall Place.

Is there parking available?

There is no parking available at Blackhall Place. However there is ample parking available in the Smithfield car park, entrance on Queen Street and the adjacent area. The Smithfield Parkrite car park is open from 7am on the morning of the run. The daily rate is €7.
North: drive down Queen Street, entrance 150 meters from where you enter Queen Street on left.
South: Cross the James Joyce Bridge (white bridge), drive past Law Society, take next turn right, then next turn right into Queen Street and entrance is 150 meters on the left.

How do I get to the Calcutta Run starting point?

Luas: take the Red Line to Smithfield market or Collins Barracks. Blackhall Place is a 5 minute walk from both stops.

Bus: You can take the 41 or 41A from the Airport and Swords direction. Both will bring you to Dorset St. and you can walk from there or travel to the Quays and take the Luas to Smithfield or Collins Barracks.

– From Blanchardstown and Ongar direction take the 39 or 39A.

– From Maynooth take the 66 and take the 25 and 25A from Lucan.

Car Park: A multi-storey car-park in Smithfield can be accessed from Queen Street. Full details here.

Bike: For those on rented bikes, there are Dublin Bike stands available close by at Blackhall Place, Collins Barracks Museum, Heuston Bridge North, Parkgate Street, and Smithfield.

Train: Blackhall Place is 10 minutes walk from Heuston Station.

Is there any place to leave my bag?

Yes, there is a supervised bag drop area but you should note that all bags are left at the owners risk.

Is there any place to change and shower etc.?

There are no changing rooms but the bag drop rooms are suitable for changing. There are no showers.

Can I bring a friend to the BBQ?

Certainly, the more the merrier. There will be a small cost for non-runners.

What if it is raining?

The show must go on! Unfortunately, we have no facility to shelter 1,500 runners so if it looks like if it is going to be a rainy day bring your rain gear. Our experience has been very good over the years…so fingers crossed!

Create your own online fundraising page for the run