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Great Ireland Run

SPAR Great Ireland Run Dublin
08.30 - 14.00 Phoenix Park

Luckily for Generator Dublin the beautiful Phoenix Park is only just down the road. This wide open green space is ideal for a picnic or to get some fresh air and nurse a sore head after a few too many pints of the black stuff. But if you head there on 6th April don’t expect to be alone as the park will be taken over by the Great Ireland Run.

This 10km run in the scenic grounds of the park is an extremely popular event both with athletes and spectators and you can expect a huge party atmosphere. You could see a few famous faces in the crowd of participants and previous years have seen the likes of X factor winner Joe McElderry, BBC News presenter Sophie Raworth and premier league referee Mark Clattenburg taking part.

There are a few other races taking place over the course of the day and one to look out for will be the Great Ireland Mile. A star attraction right in the centre of the park down a one mile course along Chesterfield Avenue, the mile is an elite race of speed and endurance that will be tense and exhilarating to watch.

The course of the main event travels the length and breadth of the park, taking in some of the most picturesque spots:

 SPAR Great Ireland Run Course Dublin

 

There are 5 stages dotted around the route with live bands to entertain while you wait for the runners so wherever you decide to set up camp you will not be stuck for something to do.

After all the excitement of the day you are likely to be in need of some refreshment, and not far away is the Nancy Hands. This is a truly homey little place with wood panelled walls and a cosy fireplace to warm your hands and the food is pretty good too. For something lighter and a little trendier try Juno’s Cafe which serves up the best hot scones in the city.

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