Thoroughbred 2018 Race Day Information

New Location of Thoroughbred Runs Race HQ –

Grey Abbey Road, Kildare, Eircode – R51 FD70

Known locally as the old Heffernan’s Builder’s Providers / Funeral Home opposite St Brigid’s National School

Registrations/ Race Number / T-shirt Pickup

Online Registration is now closed as this race is SOLD OUT there will be no new registrations taken at race HQ.

Race Numbers & Pre-Purchased Race Tee shirts can be collected on Saturday the 16th June from 10.00am -2.00 pm and on Sunday morning from 730am at Thoroughbred Runs Race HQ (address as per above).

Race number pick up will close approx. 15 minutes before each event is due to commence, therefore registration and race number pick up will close at the following times,

5k registration will close at 11.00hrs

10k registration will close at 10.45hrs

Half Marathon registration will close at 1015hrs.

Marathon registration will close at 0815hrs.

The timing of the Thoroughbred is bound by certain constraints such as access to The National Stud and directions by an Garda Siochana etc, as a result we are operating to tight deadlines so please help us by registering, and/or picking up your number as early as possible and by being at the start line for your race in plenty of time, at least 10 minutes before your race is due to commence.

Baggage Drop

There will be an unsecured area to leave Baggage at Race HQ. Please do not leave valuables in the baggage area, it is really only intended for items of clothing etc.

Baggage drop will open at 0730hrs.


The town will be extremely busy on race day as we are expecting over 1400 runners and their families also with the planned family attractions in the square.  Please park sensibly and follow any instructions given to you by our marshals. We would request that you do NOT park in the following places as clamping will be in operation; around the parish church or its car park, around The Carmelite Church or its Car Park,  Kildare Village or Tesco.

There are a number of Car Parks available on the day all within extremely close proximity to start and finish

Marathon Participants  - are requested to park in the Boys National School – Scoil Na Mainistreach De La Salle, Bride St. Kildare R51 KF66

5K Participants -  are requested to park in either of the following two locations      KWETB – Priest’s Lane, Kildare  R51 AX65

The Back of Cunninghams Bar (through the archway at Apache Pizza) – Main St. Kildare R51 8272

Half Marathon & 10K Participants – are requested to park in either of the following two locations

Kildare Buisness Park, Melitta Road Kildare  R51 YX84 (This is approx a 15 min walk to Race HQ where you will collect your race number and Tshirt - a free return shuttle bus service will be provided from 9am to race HQ, last bus will depart at 10.15am Sharp)

Educate Together National School, Melitta Road, Kildare R51 RX38 (this is less than a 10 min walk to Race HQ)

Additional parking is also available at the following locations

Kildare Train Station (Free of Charge for the day) – Station Rd – R51 AW63

Kildare Chilling until 2pm Dublin Road Kildare R51 WD85

Heffernans Tyres Dublin Road Kildare R51 K043

Public Car Park – Dara View, Station Road R51 KX23


There are a number of toilets available at Race HQ

We do not have permission to use any other toilets in other private premises located in the town and the organisers do not endorse this practise.

There are no toilets on any of the race routes.

Race Start

The Marathon commences at 0830hrs at the playground, Bride St, Kildare town

The Start for the other 3 races are all within 150 metres of Race HQ

The Half Marathon commences at 1030hrs 

The 10k commences at 1100hrs

5k commences at 1115hrs


The 5k race has no planned water station on route, in the event that temperature are excessive contingencies have been put in place to provide water at the 2K mark.

The 10k race has 1 water station on route.

The Half marathon has 3 water stations on route.

The water will be provided in bottles and there will of course be water for all participants at the finish.

Please be considerate of the environment by disposing of your used water bottles in or as close to the bins provided after the water stations. Ideally, we would appreciate if you could drop the bottle within 15-20 meters of the water station! Or at any of the mile/Km signpost markers.  We would ask that no one disposes of water bottles in people’s gardens.

The Race itself

All three races will have a lead car provided courtesy of TP Waters. Maps of each course are provided here. The entire event is being run on open roads with the exception of the part of the course that passes through the Irish National Stud.

All races will be run on the left hand side of the road in the same direction as the normal flow of traffic. We recommend that you do not use headphones for your own safety.

If you have entered children in the event and might I add children are very welcome but please note that they must be accompanied by you or a responsible adult for the entire race.

The Half Marathon course passes over two cattle grids; the first of these is at the 1.5k mark. Please do not attempt to run over the cattle grid, we will have the gate to the left hand side opened and it is wide enough to take the expected volume of runners with ease.

The second cattle grid is at about 16k, the gate for this cattle grid again is sufficient to handle the expected volume but it is on the right hand side of the grid. You will have to cross to the right hand side of the road to use this gate; you will be directed by our marshals. As soon as you have passed this cattle grid you will again merge with the 10k race. Both grids will be well marshalled so please follow the marshal’s instructions in particular at the cattle grids and DO NOT attempt to run across them please.

Both the 10k and the half Marathon course merge at about mile .5 miles on the 10k route and mile 4.5 on the half marathon run, they run together for about 2 miles. At the 2.5 mile mark for the 10k race or the 6.5 mile mark for the half marathon the two courses separate again. At the 16k mark the half marathon runners will again merge with the 10k runners, the two races will continue to the entrance of the National Stud where you will all merge with the 5k runners. All three races will continue from that point to the finish.

The Marathon route is 2 loops of the half marathon route

So what do you really need to watch for?

!This is the big one!  After you pass the main visitors entrance for the Irish National Stud on the left hand side you will very soon come to a water station, after this water station the 10k runners will stay left and the Marathon and half marathon runners will stay right! It’s really that simple.

This part of the course will be particularly well marshalled and you will be well warned in advance.

Colour Codes

Mile/KM markers on the course on the day will be colour coded as follows.

RED – Marathon, marked in miles

BLUE – Half Marathon, marked miles

Orange – 10k, marked in KM

White – 5k, marked in KM

The Finish

The race finishes at Dr Dwyer’s which is on the National Stud side of the Parish Church, and we ask that the finishers keep moving forward from the finish line where you will be provided with water/ bananas/oranges

Your finishers medal and Food token for the Taste of Kildare (available in the Square) will be available for collection close to the finish line.


All winners will be presented with their prize/trophy soon after they cross the finish line and the results have been verified by the race timer.


We encourage you to bring the family along and make Father’s Day a family fun filled day, with the following attractions;

Taste of Kildare

Artisan food producers and restaurants serving an array of gourmet food, why not eat al fresco on our picnic tables where everyone can be catered from their own favourite restaurant in town.

If you prefer to skip any queues you can choose from the newly appointed grab and go section - supplying a selection of Gourmet wraps, Sandwiches, Cous Cous dishes, Salads and much more.

Worth mentioning if you are a walker or a runner please do not bring your dog! For obvious reasons Dogs are not allowed access to the Stud.


The organisers would like to thank you for choosing our race; we do hope you find it enjoyable and that we live up to your expectations before during and after the race.

Long may you run,  Congratulations.