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Night Run 2017

Event Information

This unique event will follow an amazing route, within the Ticknock Forest Park,  and give you stunning views over Dublin City and the Dublin Coastline at night.

Date: 14th October 2017
Registration Times: 4.30-5.30pm
Registration Location: Ticknock Forest Park
Race Briefing: 5.40pm
Start Time: 6.00pm

Registration Costs: €45

Register: To register for this event please complete the registration form here. 

Included in Registration: Your race number, finishers medal, all usual race support along the route, refreshments and post-race tea and coffee.

Fundraising:  This is a charity event and funds raised will ensure that Peter McVerry Trust can continue to provide homes to people experiencing homelessness. All additional funds that you can raise will make a big difference to the lives of people we work with.


Getting There

By Car

M50 Southbound: Take Exit 13 Dundrum off the M50, take the first exit at the roundabout and take the second left at the traffic lights. Keep left at the next lights. Turn right up Ticknock Road, just after crossing M50 Bridge. Follow Ticknock Road for 2km and turn left into Ticknock Forest.

M50 Northbound: Take Exit 13 Sandyford off the M50, take the first exit at the roundabout, and take next right at the traffic lights. Continue straight through next cross roads. Continue past LambDoyles pub. After 1km, take left turn into Ticknock Forest.

There is parking in Ticknock Forest along the roads up to the start line. Please car pool where possible. Do not leave valuables in your car. Cars are parked at your own risk.


Public Transport. If you don’t have a car, the best way to get to Ticknock Forest Park is via Taxi. Your stop is “Ticknock Forest, Sandyford”. Typical costs of €25 plus €1 per person extra. This cost is each way.



Registration form with terms & conditions as a pop out document. ( See Terms & Conditions)


Distance:  5km

This amazing route will give you stunning views over Dublin City at night.

We will start on the road leading to the masts on 3 Rock Mountain. Keep an eye out for our volunteers and staff on the night who will direct you.

From the start, there is a bit of a climb as we gain height to reach the forest roads. Here the route will ease slightly as we head south.

Another short climb along a narrowing track leads us to the highest point of the trail. As we turn to head back north, the views over Dublin City will open out below us stretching all the way from Malahide and further north, along the coast to Dun Laoghaire, and towards Wicklow and the Sugar Loaf Mountain to the south.

We will then begin our descent to the finish line.

The course will take place over mixed ground of flat mountain road, and tightly packed, but narrow trail. There are no obstacles or water features on the course and will be clearly marked. Key Junctions will have a marshal to direct you.

This event is suitable for those with some experience of trail running. If you have no trail running experience we advise that you walk the route instead of running it. Trail running footwear is essential along with a windproof jacket, gloves, warm cap and head-torch, which should be pointed towards the ground in front of you, ensuring that you have a clear view of the route.


Can I buy Entry for a friend?

One entry per person. Race numbers will be allocated to the name on the registration form so please ensure correct details are provided at the time of registration. Any changes, or reissues of numbers will incur a charge of €5.

How do I get my numbers? Race numbers will be posted out to the name and address provided on registration one week before the race. Please ensure your name and address are correct. Alternatively, you can collect your race number on the day of the event up to 5.30pm. If collecting at the start of the race, please indicate on your registration form as otherwise your number will be posted.

What does my registration include?

  • The race, including all the usual race support on the route.
  • Chip timing (TBC)
  • Medical Personnel at the finish line
  • Race medal, Head torch & High Vis Tabard
  • Post-race refreshments
  • A sense of wonderful achievement of having completed the first Peter McVerry Trust Night Run
  • The knowledge you have raised funds for people experiencing homelessness.

Can I get a refund of the entry fee? No, there will be no refund of the entry fee given.

What time does the race start? The race will begin at 6pm sharp.

What do I need to bring with me? Most importantly, don’t forget your race number. If you forget your number and need to have a new one issued there will be a €5 charge.

If you plan on arriving early (more than an hour before the race start) bring some pre-race clothes to wear to keep you warm. 

What kind of gear should I wear? Two items of kit that are strongly advised are a light windproof & rain proof jacket. You will be in the Dublin Mountains and the wind can be quite chilly. Trail shoes are also strongly advised as they will give you a little more grip on the off road sections of the course. Wear a couple of thin layers, so that you can remove them as you get warmer when you start the race. It is also advised that you wear clothing that you are used to and find comfortable.

You must wear a high Vis vest and a head torch while on the course. These will be provided to you at the event.

Where can I leave my gear? You can leave a small bag at the start/finish line and our volunteers will keep an eye on it. Please do not leave valuables in your bag as we can’t be responsible for items that are missing/lost on the day.

Are there showers? No, there are not showers.

Are there toilets? There will be portable toilets at the start/finish.

I have signed up and haven’t received my number yet. Numbers will be posted out to runners one week before the race, unless you have selected to collect your number at the start line. Please ensure that you have given us the correct postal address on your registration form as this is the address that will be used. If you have changed address please let us know as soon as possible by emailing fundraising@pmvtrust.ie or calling +353(0)1 823 0776.

Where are the water stations? There will be water available at the start/finish line. There are no water stations on the route. You can bring your own water bottle but please do not litter the route. Bring your rubbish/empty bottles home with you or dispose of them at the start/finish area.

Are there post-race refreshments? There will be water and snacks available for runners at the finish line.

Are iPods/Personal music players allowed on the route? For health and safety reasons, iPods and personal music players/headphones are not permitted on the route. The course is narrow in parts, and if a runner is approaching you from behind, you need to be able to hear them. Volunteers will also be offering direction along the route.

What is the route like? Is it very mountainous? The route is a mixture of mountain road, and well packed trail so it will be different than running on a flat road or track. There are no technical climbs, or water features on the course. And while there are some hills, they are “gentle” hills. And remember, what goes up, must come down.

Is there car parking available? There is parking in Ticknock forest park. Please note there is parking along the road up to the start point and around the forest itself. We will have volunteers and stewards on site to help you. Please consider carpooling if you are running the race with a group of friends and family.

Are dogs allowed? No dogs are permitted to take part in the event for reasons of health and safety. They are however, allowed as cheerleaders once they are with a responsible human.

Contact Us

We have tried to include as much information on this website as we can. So the answer to your question might already be here or in the FAQ page. However, if not, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on +353 (0)1 823 0776 or email us at fundraising@pmvtrust.ie