Buggy-friendly parkrun Cork – Glengarriff

Glengarriff  parkrun

Tried and tested by Jess @the_buggy_runners_diary (IG)

Buggy friendly rating: 5/10

Scenery: 9/10

Course:

This is certainly the most difficult buggy parkrun I have done to date, it is also one of the most beautiful ones I have done too! The course is two loops with the first being through the woods on trails, over tree roots and stones – you definitely need an off-road buggy if you want to run (or walk) this part! Once you’ve finished with the first loop, you then continue past the start of the run and onto the second loop which is on tarmac roads. People may warn you about the big hill at the end of the route without mentioning that the whole of the second loop is undulating with lots of small hills throughout. This is okay for the average runner but when you’ve got a buggy to push, you feel every hill no matter how big or small.

Facilties, cafes and playgrounds:

As the parkrun itself is in the Glengarriff Nature Reserve there are many more routes to explore. We took the short drive to the main playground in Glengarriff and it was perfect for the smallies. There is also a fairy trail from the playground which is worth exploring if the legs aren’t too sore too. Although there are many places to eat in Glengarriff and the town is lovely, we were recommended cafe Organico in Bantry as it has a small children’s play area – it didn’t take us much convincing to go there for brunch and the food & coffee was great too!

There are no toilets near the parkrun start unfortunately but there is parking.

Overall:

Definitely one to do if you want a challenge. A beautiful course in a beautiful part of Ireland.

Buggy-friendly parkrun Limerick – Newcastlewest

Newcastlewest

Tried and tested by Jess @the_buggy_runners_diary (IG)

Buggy friendly rating: 9.5/10

Scenery: 8/10

Course:

This is a really nice run! It’s three loops – with the first being slightly longer than the last two – all on tarmac paths. It’s through shaded woodland and has a slight hill at the end of each loop. Numbers are small so although the path is narrow, passing generally isn’t a problem.

Facilities cafes and playgrounds: 

There is a car park at the start but no toilets unfortunately. The nearest ones are at Aldi which is only a 5 min walk away. There is a big playground just at the entrance of The Demense so only a short walk from the parkrun with parking opposite as well, however there are more areas of The Demense worth exploring on bikes/scooter for the kids too. We didn’t get the chance to eat in Newcastle West but I have been told that Marguerite’s Bakery Cafe in the main town square is lovely with plenty of choice and plenty of seating.

Overall:

A really enjoyable run! Although it’s a three lap course, it doesn’t feel it.

Buggy-friendly parkrun Longford – Longford Town

Longford parkrun

Tried and tested by Louise @lou22kenny (IG)

On Saturdays we do our local parkrun in Longford. It’s in the Mall park just outside the town. It is a lopped run – ‘2 big loops & 2 small loops’ to total 5km. It’s a gravel surface so you get an extra workout!
 I started walking with my 2 girls & now we have built it up to a jog! They have the nicest, friendliest volunteers & have a tail walker every week so no-one ever gets left behind. No matter how slow or fast you go everyone is made feel so welcome.

Whether you are on your own, have a group, a buggy or a dog! We really enjoy it & count ourselves lucky to have a parkrun in our town!

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Buggy-friendly parkrun Kerry – Inch Beach

Inch Beach

Tried and tested by Jess @the_buggy_runners_diary (IG)

Buggy Friendly rating: 9.5

Scenery: 9.5

Course:

This course is pretty unique in that it is all run on hard sand along a beautiful beach with so much space. With there being ample room it was one of the only parkruns I’ve been able to do to date where it has been possible to start at the very front, along with everyone else! It’s an out and back route and although it is all on sand, it is very hard so easy enough to run with a buggy.

The scenery is stunning too with the sea views and the stunning Kerry mountains in most directions.

Facilities, cafes and playgrounds:

There is parking right on the beach next to the start of the parkun – it’s free and easily accessible. If you don’t want to park on the beach there is another carpark just a two minute walk away where the toilets are located. The cafe on the beach front is called Sammy’s and they have great coffee and delicious cakes – a nice way to warm up if you’ve braved the post parkrun sea swim!

There are no playgrounds nearby that we saw but who needs a playground when you have the beach anyway..

We took the short drive to Dingle and spent the rest of the day there where we took a boat trip out to see Fungi the resident dolphin. If you can get to Dingle, do – it’s a lovely town!

Overall:

An absolute must do! Great run, stunning views and good coffee. Don’t forget your swimsuit!!

Buggy-friendly parkrun Waterford – Tramore

TRAMORE parkrun

Tried and tested by Jess @the_buggy_runners_diary (IG)

Buggy Friendly rating: 5/10

Scenery: 7.5/10

Course:

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!

Overall:

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!

Buggy-friendly parkrun Dublin – Tymon Park

Tymon parkrun

Tried and tested by Candi @c_oreilly (Twitter)

Buggy Friendly rating: 9/10

Scenery: 6/10

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Course:

Tymon parkrun starts next to the car park on Limekiln Road in Dublin 12, about 5 minutes drive from the M50. It is a smallish, friendly and inclusive parkrun with numbers usually around 150 – 250 people of all ability levels.

Tymon is an inclusive parkrun and as well as small children in buggies, it welcomes bigger children and adults who need to be pushed around in jogging buggies and there are two available for families to try out on request.

Buggies can start where they see fit and as the field usually thins pretty quickly there are no issues during the two lap course which winds around the park on a tarmac path.

Facilities, cafes and playgrounds:

There are several large toilets by the car park and refreshments are  provided afterwards by the volunteer team. And sometimes cake too!

For the kids, there is a playground (which you will pass on the run).

Overall:

This is a lovely run that is inclusive and welcoming and there is always help for anyone who needs it.

 

Buggy-friendly parkrun Cork – Ballincollig

Ballincollig parkrun

Tried and tested by Jess @the_buggy_runners_diary (IG)

Buggy Friendly rating: 9/10

Scenery: 7/10

Course:

Ballincollig parkrun starts at the the regional park car park – the one with the toilet. There are a few entrances to the park so it’s important to make sure you get the right one. It is a busy parkrun with numbers usually around 300 – 400 and it has quite a narrow start. This can make running with a buggy a little difficult as there is often no room to pass for the first few hundred metres and buggies are asked to start at the back. Continue reading