The Dublin Run

Date: Saturday, 27 May 2023

Start and Finish Line: Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place,
Dublin 7 D07 VY24

Please find all the results here

We are looking forward to seeing 1200 of you this Saturday! The weather is looking great so bring your sunscreen! Let’s support our charities and enjoy a great day out together!

Registration opens at 9.15am so please arrive as early as possible to avoid queues and to ensure we can get everybody registered, warmed-up and ready for our 11am start. 

Please activate your page on idonate to fundraise this week, or bring your sponsorship on the day or pay by card during registration. 


  • Registration at Blackhall Place: 9:15am – 10:15am
  • Bag-drop and free fruit/water: 9:15 – 10:40am
  • Speeches and warm up: 10:30am – 10:55am
  • Race Start: 11:00am
  • Take the route through Phoenix Park (see course maps below)
  • Finish in the grounds of the Law Society, Blackhall Place
  • Finish Line Festival – BBQ and bar, DJ, kids activities, family fun
  • Also collect your free goodie bag and technical t-shirt. 

Runner Packs

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

Registration desk 09:15 – 10:15am

  • Runner bib and timing chip
  • BBQ ticket

Finish Line festival after the run

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

Fundraising and money

  • We hope that collecting sponsorship for the run has gone well. Our fundraising target is €400,000 so please use the last two days to share your idonate page. If you achieve the personal fundraising target of €120 you will get a free BBQ ticket, which is our way of saying thank you for making such a huge effort. All participants will also receive a free goodie bag containing a technical t-shirt and other goodies.
  • You still have a few more days for that last sponsorship push so please do your best to raise money for The Hope Foundation and Peter McVerry Trust
  • On the day, please bring your fundraising money and/or your ‘’ printout. A credit card and Sumup reader will also be available to take payments.
  • Cheques should be made payable to “The Calcutta Run”.
  • If you require a receipt of sponsorship monies donated or wish to fill out an appropriate certificate for tax relief purposes, please ask your registrar and they will direct you to the appropriate person.

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.

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.


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. Please display money raised on idonate on your phone or bring along a print out of your page. 

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?

Although we don’t have a registration fee, we do suggest €120. 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 at Blackhall Place. Both routes share the same course until the Phoenix Park and both routes now take a left hand turn down Spa Road from the North Road in the Phoenix Park. Both routes continue straight on Spa Road past the Polo Club until Chesterfield Avenue. At this point, the 5k runners take a left hand turn onto the outside footpath on Chesterfield Avenue and make their way back to Blackhall Place along the traditional route. When 10k runners reach Chesterfield Avenue they take a right hand turn onto the inner footpath and continue on this path up to Mountjoy Cross where they turn onto the outside path and make their way back down Chesterfield Avenue and back to Blackhall Place. Look out for our stewards and signs at all points on the route. 

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 as well as at the finish line. Please ensure that you bring your own water also. 

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. A 10k mat will also be places at the 10k mark for your time to be recorded on Pop Up Races website. 

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. There will be plenty of kids prizes for the mini-atheletics. Games and facepainting will also be at the Finish Line Festival. 

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!