A Warm Welcome
Blackrock Athletic Club was founded in 1944. From a small beginning during World War 2 it has developed into the biggest athletic club in the country.
The club has come a long way in that it can now cater to everyone, irrespective of their ability, that wants to run. Our training grounds are at the picturesque Carysfort Park, Blackrock where it has been in situ since 1994.
We are proud of the safe, respectful, trusted and friendly environment we maintain for everyone involved with the club. Learn more about us.
Juvenile and Juniors
The ethos of this section of the club is for the athletes to train in a fun and social environment while still allowing them to reach their competitive potential and compete for the club should they wish to do so. We hope to foster a lifelong love for athletics and a long term connection with the club.
Athletes train in their age group which is based on the calendar year January to December. This works well for team competition and for social reasons. As the athletes get older and more competitive or specialised, they can join development squad groups that span age groups but still maintain training contact with their own age group.
Blackrock Athletic Club Women’s section caters for all adult runners who have some running experience, i.e., all running abilities and ages! Most of our group are able to run at least 5K. We run together up to four times a week, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings (long run).
Most enjoy competing or participating in races and parkruns throughout the year. The most popular race events include the Dublin Masters Cross Country, Raheny 5-mile road race, Liberties 4 mile race, Women’s Mini Marathon and the Dublin Race series including the Dublin City Marathon. Learn more about the Women's section.
Blackrock Athletic Club Men's section is intended for all adult runners who have some existing running experience. We cater to various running abilities up to and including elite level; as a rule of thumb, most of our group are able to run at least 10k. We train together twice per week, meeting in Blackrock village, on a Tuesday evening (training run) and a Sunday morning (long run). We have a friendly and relaxed atmosphere at our sessions, with the aim that everyone enjoys it, but also have an opportunity to push themselves and help achieve their running goals. Our sessions are not exclusively for men – runners of any gender are welcome!
Fit4Life was an initiative started by Athletics Ireland in 2006 to provide an opportunity for recreational runners/joggers, both male and female, to train under the guidance of specially trained Fit4Life leaders. It was set up to overcome the perception that athletic clubs only cater to fast runners. The first Blackrock A.C. group has evolved over the years and Fit4life now caters for new and up to marathon runners with 4+ training sessions per week. Those who start jogging with the Fit4Life group move from doing 5km to 10km runs over time. Many members have then progressed to running half and full marathons.