Simon Home Run


Dublin Simon Community would like to thank all of our supporters and volunteers who came out in force and took part in Simon Home Run 2020. We hope you had an enjoyable day and look forward to seeing you at next year’s race.




About the Home Run

The Dublin Simon Home Run is a challenging and fun five mile run through the serene setting of Phoenix Park. It is a professionally organised race and registered with Athletics Association Ireland. Every participant running the five mile race will receive their own race number with embedded timing chip. We welcome elite runners, joggers, walkers, buggy runners, students, corporate groups and anyone in fancy dress to take part.

Family fun activities will be ongoing throughout the morning in our Deutsche Bank Kids Zone at the finish line. Children under 12 years can take part in giant board games, hang out with our race mascots and bring their best selfie game at our giant selfie mirror.

Our festival village returns this year, where runners and their families can relax after the race. With live music, kids entertainment, tea and coffee, and refreshments from Offbeat donuts and much more to be announced, there’s sure to be something for everyone at this year’s Simon Home Run.



Testimonials

“I feel it is important for everyone to assist others less well off; there can be few misfortunes worse than not having some place to call home, a base, an anchor in our lives, in which we can feel safe from all life’s woes, be they financial, ill health, addiction, relationship breakdown and so on. Even the little I contribute helps make peoples lives better – that is what has spurred me on each year to sign up for the Simon Run.”

– Cormac Corrigan (Home Run Participant since 1983)



  • Punctuality:

Punctuality is vital if the Home Run is to be a success. The Home Run is a professionally organised main road race and will start at 10:30am sharp. The Deutsche Bank Kid Zone will open from 10.30am and activities will continue even after the 5 Mile race is complete.

  • Parking:

Parking will be located at:
• The Papal cross car park – this will likely be full by 9:30am
• Along the main road on both sides from Parkgate Street to the Phoenix Monument.
• Limited parking from Mountjoy Cross to Castleknock Gate on both sides of the road.
Do not park on the route of the race or at the entrances/properties in the park, please adhere to all restrictions.

  • Directions:

By Car: Preferred entrance through Parkgate Street / Castleknock Gate
By Foot: Through the Chapelizod Gate.
Where is the Start Line? On Acres Road
Where is late registration & baggage drop? Located at the triangle (finish line area) between the Phoenix Monument and across the road from the Papal Cross Car Park – you will see the big tent!

  • Public Transport:

Bus Routes to the Phoenix Park: 25, 26, 46A, 66 / 66A / 66B, 67, 69
Luas: Red Line to Heuston Station, then 10 minute walk to Parkgate street entrance, and 15 minute walk to Phoenix Monument – warm up done! Please give yourself an adequate amount of time to get to the tented village.

  • Road Closures:

Road closures for this year TBC before the event.

More details about the Race…

The Distance: 5 Miles

The course for a Runner/Walker/Jogger….

  •  First Mile
    The Home Run starts approximately a ½ mile from the Papal Cross down Acres Road and heads towards the Phoenix Monument. It takes a left turn at the Phoenix Monument and heads up the Main Road (Chesterfield Avenue) towards Mountjoy Cross. The first mile is very flat with a very slight incline. Your only real enemy here might be wind or rain.
  •  Second Mile
    The Home Run then progresses to Mountjoy Cross and takes a left onto Survey Road. Again, this part of the course is flat with no hills in sight!
  •  Third Mile
    The road naturally progresses along Corkscrew Road and heads towards Chapelizod Gate. This part of the course is flat at the start of Mile 2 to downhill on passing Mile 3. It is by far the fastest part of the course, but don’t be fooled, what goes down must eventually go up! Enjoy the downhill but reserve your strength for the last 2 miles.
  •  Fourth Mile
    Starts downhill from the entrance to the Cheshire Home and turns a sharp left (at the apex of the triangle at Chapelizod Gate) and proceeds uphill towards St Mary’s Hospital, here you will be approaching the water station. Your uphill climb begins and continues right onto Serpentine Road which is snake like and steadily uphill. On the last curve of the road bends the course suddenly straightens out and proceeds sharply downhill.
  •  Fifth Mile
    As stated earlier you are proceeding downhill at a rapid pace when you turn left onto the Kyber Road. Wheelchairs be careful as the bend is a sharp left and your speed will be at maximum here! Taking the left here leads you gently along the Kyber Pass which steadily proceeds uphill all the way up to the finish line at the triangle opposite the Papal Cross. This is a tough finish as the last ¾ mile is a steady uphill incline.

Date: Saturday March 7th 2020

Time: Race starts at 10.30am sharp

Location: Papal Cross, Phoenix Park. The start line is on the Acres road just past the Papal cross, and registration is at the Papal Cross triangle. The course is a loop and the finish area is also located at the triangle.

Route: The race takes a five mile (8k) route through Phoenix Park, starting on Acres Road, turning left down Chesterfield Avenue, with the final mile up Khyber Road to the finish line. This route is exclusive to our race, no other race takes this route around the park.

Registration: Registration is online through www.homerun.ie.

Participants: Home Run is for everyone! We welcome elite runners, joggers, walkers and now even buggy pushers to come and join us on the day!

Cost: The cost of participation is €25 + processing fee (€2.50). This includes the race, timing chip, and a goodie bag. You can purchase a Simon running top for €5 at the time of registration.

Chip Timing: Our race is professionally chip timed. The chip is embedded in each runner’s race number, which will be posted to them before the race. Late registrants can collect their race number on the day. Each runner’s will receive their time via email shortly after the race.

Disabled Access: The site is accessible for people with a physical disability. If you think you might have have special requirements, please let us know by emailing katekavanagh@dubsimon.ie

Athletics Ireland: Our course has been measured by a representative of the Athletics Association of Ireland and a permit issued for the race. This means that AAI athletes are officially allowed to complete in the Simon 5 Mile.

Water: There will be a water stop halfway around the course and drinking water available at the finish line for runners. In an effort to reduce plastic waste, all cups will be collected after the race and are fully reusable.

Kid’s Activities: Deutsche Bank are once more hosting the Kid’s Zone. There will be plenty of activities and games to keep kids active, as well as other goodies, magicians and face painting.

Music: There will be musical entertainment from the U Band at the festival area at the finish line.

Toilets: There will be toilet facilities onsite.

Medical: We will have two St. John’s ambulances onsite who will track the race.

On the day registration: Will be available at a cost of €30 per runner.

Parking: There will be road closures in place to facilitate the race. Parking will be outside the park along the road at Coyningham Road and Chapelizod Road. There will be parking along both sides on Chesterfield Avenue as far as the Phoenix Monument. There is also limited parking in the Papal Cross carpark – this will fill very quickly and will likely be full before 9.30am.

Road Closures: Road closures and traffic diversions will be in place for the duration of the race. These are detailed on the signage on each gate of the park.

Volunteering: We welcome anyone who would like to volunteer as a race steward. Please contact katekavanagh@dubsimon.ie

Spectators: Family and friends are encouraged to come and support the runners. After they have cheered them on, they can avail of the entertainment in the festival area.

Sponsorship: As the Home Run is primarily a fundraising event, sponsorship is encouraged among all of the runners. Anyone who registered online will have an automatic EverydayHero page created for them which they can share with friends and family be email and social media. Sponsorship cards are available if required.

Baggage: There will be a baggage tent available on the day.

Do’s:

  • Have a light breakfast on the morning of the Home Run.
  • Arrive early and relax.
  • Stretch your calf muscles before the start (straight legs, try to the touch the floor).
  • Light, easy warm up before the start.
  • Get into the time zone that suits you (i.e. 25-40 minutes, 40-50 minutes, 50+ minutes).
  • Start slow and get into your natural running speed.
  • Walk if you get a stitch.
  • Bring a small bottle of water, sip slowly, do not gulp.
  • Have fun en route and enjoy the experience.
  • Remember the start of the Home Run is 700 metres from the tent village/registration area – allow 15 minutes before the 10.30am start time to walk to the start line.

Dont’s:

  • Do not go to the front line unless you are a serious runner. You will be blown away at the start and 5 miles is a long way if you start too fast – relax!
  • Do not over do the warm up. Easy warm-up is best.
  • Do not over drink water before the run. It will lodge in your stomach; sip slowly!

Have a fantastic day and thank you for supporting Dublin Simon’s Home Run!




Simon Home Run 2020’s route and running top





Simon Home Run Sponsors

Thank you to all of our sponsors Deutsche Bank, Susquehanna, Arthur Cox and Dublin’s 98FM.




Images from the 2020 Simon Home Run