Tried and tested by Jess @the_buggy_runners_diary (IG)
Buggy Friendly rating: 5/10
Tramore parkrun starts at The Promenade in front of Molly’s cafe. The first and last bit of the course is run on the promenade, which although is very flat and the surface is paved there are a few turns between bollards and a small kerb which can slow you down and possibly others behind you. The route then takes you through a carpark which you will also run around towards the end of the run. The route then goes up a short hill for two loops of a raised plateau with great views across the ocean and the town. It’s on trails but they’re hard-packed and it is quite buggy friendly and fairly flat. Back down the hill and round the carpark which is not that buggy friendly as it is filled with stones and potholes and really needs an all-terrain buggy to run it, however it would be possible to walk it with a standard buggy so don’t let this put you off (a parkrun volunteer did let me know that they are resurfacing this carpark so it should be more buggy friendly in the near future.) 500m is along the promenade to the finish line.
Facilities, cafes and playgrounds:
There are quite a few cafes along the promenade and many places to eat in the main town just a short walk from the parkrun. The coffee in Molly’s is very good! Toilets and ample parking is opposite the start but you will need to pay for parking – we were there in Sept and the daily rate was just €2.
There is A LOT to do for the kiddos of all ages, all just a short walk away. Besides the beach itself, there is a fab adventure playground, amusement arcades, a fairground (summer only), pedal boats, mini golf (summer only), water rapid slide (summer only) biking and scooting along the promenade. You won’t run out of things to do!
A great day out for all the family! We saw quite a few park runners jump in the sea for a cool down after the run and I was told that a few brave people do this all year round so something to consider if you’re brave enough!