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John Davis Run


Online entry open ! The John Davis Run is a 5km run race taking place on Saturday 1st March in the grounds of Malahide Castle. John Davis was a huge figure in Irish athletics over the past 20+ years who sadly passed away in 2007. John worked with many clubs throughout his time in the sport and we are staging the race to honour his incredible input and commitment. All money raised from entries and sponsorship will go to the Irish Cancer Society.

The Location
Malahide Castle, set on 250 acres of park land in the pretty seaside town of Malahide, was both a fortress and a private home for nearly eight hundred years. The Talbot family lived here from 1185 to 1973, when the last Lord Talbot died.

The Course
The course is a mixture of trail, path and road around the perimeter of the Castle grounds. It will begin and end in front of the castle itself. The route has no major hills, but is rarely flat as it winds around the grounds. You can see the course map here

How do I enter?
Entries are limited as this is the inaugural event so you are encouraged to enter quickly as we expect the event to sell out quickly. Entries will be taken online at runireland.com .You need to be over 16 to enter.


What do I get for entering?
The entry fee is €20 which will include your race entry, t-shirt and drinks/snacks at the finish line. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the Irish Cancer Society, and you can raise further money by downloading and filling in a sponsorship form for the event. Ask around at home or in the office and bring along any money you raise on the day. Prizes will be given to the people that have raised the most money. There will also be prizes for 1st/2nd/3rd place, for both male and female athletes.

How to Get There:
By bus: Bus 42 from city centre. By train: Suburban rail and DART from Connolly Station to Malahide.
By car: From Dublin Airport – on leaving at the roundabout take the second exit. At the Airport roundabout take the first exit onto the R132 (signpost for Belfast here). At Cloghran roundabout take the second exit onto the Dublin Road – R132 (signpost for Belfast here). Continue straight onto the R132. At Pinnock Hill Roundabout take the second exit onto the R132 (signpost for Belfast here). At the Malahide Road roundabout take the third exit onto the Swords Road – R106 (signpost for Malahide here). Continue straight on this road and take the first exit on the next roundabout onto the Swords Road. Continue straight along this road for approx one mile, turn right at the traffic lights onto the R107. Take the next turn left onto the Back Road and the next turn left into the grounds of Malahide Castle.

From city centre – start at the Daniel O’Connell monument on O’Connell Street, turn left onto Amiens Street – R105 (signpost for Malahide, Howth and Fairview here). Go straight through traffic lights onto North Strand Road R105, continue on this road for approx .5 miles then turn left at the traffic lights onto the Malahide Road – R107, continue straight on this road until you reach your first roundabout. Take the second exit on this roundabout onto the Malahide Road, continue straight until you reach another roundabout, take the second exit onto the Malahide Road (signpost for Malahide here). Go straight through the traffic lights continuing on the Malahide Road, you will reach Kinsealy, keep going straight and you will reach Feltrim and then Malahide. Turn right onto the Back Road and take the next turn left into the grounds of Malahide Castle.

We are currently recruiting sponsors for the event. If you are interested please contact [email protected]. A big thank you to all the sponsors currently on board!

Race Contact
Gavin Duffy or Frank Kehoe – 2008 Race Directors