Will I be running from sleeper to sleeper?

No! The railway is (sadly) long gone and the route is half on roads and half on walkway.

Safety Information

Your safety throughout the event is of paramount importance to us. Please follow the directions of our road marshalls at all times. Further information for runners is available here. Please read this carefully. Our aim is to make this a safe and enjoyable event for everyone.

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A bus service will be provided from Carrigaline (finish) to the starting area and must be booked during registration, price €3. Busses and will leave from behind the Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre, Church Road at the following time:

If you did not book a place on the bus to the start area, it is possible to pay €3 at the bus departure point. Cash only and please have exact change if possible.

  • 25K: Bus to Centre Park Road at 8:30 am sharp

Transport will also be available from Carrigaline to Cork after the event. Buses will leave the Youth Centre and travel to Monahan Road area at regular intervals between 11:45 an 13:00. No booking is required for this service.

Parking in Carrigaline

For those leaving cars in Carrigaline, the preferred parking area is the town centre car park. The Circus Field (beside Lidl) is not available for parking this year. There will be no car parking at the Youth Centre.

Is transportation of bags arranged to the finish?

Yes, we will arrange to transport your bag to the finish. At check-in, you will be supplied with a self-adhesive baggage tag with the same number as your running number. Please make sure that this tag is placed on your bag. Bags can be collected in the Youth Centre in Carrigaline after the event. While, the event organisers will make a reasonable effort to ensure that all baggage is delivered safely to the finish area, we will not be liable for any loss of or damage to any item of baggage or any items contained therein. Participants are advised not to leave any items of value in their bags.

Is there an age limit?

There is no upper age limit but we have a minimum age limit of 16 for the 25K event.

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All participants must pre-register online for the event.

Normal on-line registration closes at 23:59 on Sunday, 10th April 2024. You may continue to register on-line up to 23:59 on Friday, 18th April but a late registration fee of €10 will apply (See Late Registration). New registrations will NOT be accepted on race day, Sunday 21st April. See here for price details.

Getting your Bib Number

Bib numbers have a UHF chip built into them which is used to record your individual start and finish time so it is important to get your individual number before the race.

Your bib number will posted to you a few days before the event. If you do not reveive your number by post, you can collect it at the check-in desk near the starting area but please be there at least 30 mins before the start.

On race day, the 25K check-in is on Monahan Road near the start line. See here for location details. Check-in will be open from 8:30am.

Has the course been professionally measured?

Yes the course has been measured professionally using a Jones Counter. All participants will be individually timed using a chip timer.

Is there a cut-off time for the race?

Yes, the cut-off time for all races is 12:30pm and all participants are requested to leave the course by then as there will be no safety measures in place after that time.

Are there shower facilities available?

There are no shower facilities available in the Youth Centre.

Are there toilets available on the course?

Toilet facilities will be provided near the 25K starting area in Centre Park Road and in the car park at Monkstown.

Water / Refreshments

Water stations will be provided along the course at approximately 4.5km, 9km, 13km, 16km, 21km and finish area. They will be located as follows: (subject to change - please check here closer to the event)

  • ROCHESTOWN - The Old Railway Platform 400m AFTER Harty's Quay apartments
  • PASSAGE WEST - Car Park before Town Hall coming from Rochestown direction
  • MONKSTOWN - near as possible to the tunnel
  • SHANBALLY - near the roundabout
  • FINISH - just beyond the finish line

Refreshments including soup and sandwiches will be provided in the Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre after the finish.

Event Beanies

Beanies with the Great Railway Run logo can be purchased during registration for €10. Anyone who purchased a beanie can collet it after the race at the Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre. A limited number of beanies may be available to purchase after the race.


Due to the large number of participants and in the interests of safety, participants will not be permitted to bring dogs on the course.

Prize Categories

Participants in all race categories will receive a specially commissioned medal after completing the race.

10K and 25K Medals

€3000 in prize money sponsored by Phelans Pharamacy. Prizes will be awarded for best overall placings as well as for age categories. Strictly one prize per entrant. The Joe West perpetual trophy will be awarded to the fastest male and female in the 25K race. Cash prizes will be as follows:


  • Men Overall: 1st €500, 2nd €250, 3rd €120, 4th €75
  • Men Categories: Wheelchair, M40, M45, M50, M55, M60, M65 - 1st in each category €50
  • Women Overall: 1st €500, 2nd €250, 3rd €125, 4th €75
  • Women Categories: Wheelchair, W40, W45, W50, W55, W60, W65 - 1st in each category €50

The prize giving will be held after the race at approximately 12:45pm in the Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre on Church Road.