Back for 2024

Registration is now OPEN!

Click Here for online entry

The race takes place on Sunday 14th April 2024 and starts at 9am

Its just a 5k, but its a different sort of a 5k!

Think of a flat parkrun, now tilt it 45 degrees and throw in some Lions, Gorillas and Giraffes, now that's more like it!

Those of you who are giving it a second time round, we commend you, those of you who think you can tame the beast on your first time, good luck!


Online entry is open, plese click here to enter online.  Deferred entries will be accepted.  please provide proof of last year's entry, emailing to

Entries, as before, will be £20 for non-affiliated runners, £18 for affiliated.  Entrants are capped at 350

*NEW FOR 2024*

Entry open for ages 12 and over

15 yrs  and under entry = £15 affiliated and £13 non-affiliated

New Medals are limited to first 250 entrants

the remaining 100 entrants will get the previous events medal ribboned for this years event. please see examples here

Additional T-shirt option

In-line with requests being asked of the club, we are adding the option to purchase a race t-shirt for an additional £10


The route is served by Translink Services 1 & 2

There are ample parking spaces at the Zoo car park but  we encourage you to carpool where possible


Portable toilets will be available at the registration area, please avail of these rather than asking for admittance to the Zoo facilities before the race start.

A bag drop will be available at the registration area.  Please again allow time for this.  Bags can be picked up after the race from the finish arena


Runners will finish at the Lion’s Den cafe where they will receive their medals. Canned water will be available here courtesy of Decathlon along with complimentary sports massages from Limbs of Glory. This area is for finishers only and runners will be ushered from here to the Play Park Spectator Zone to prevent overcrowding.  


The run will be timed for 60 mins after which the event will come to a close.  Any runner not through the finish line at this time will receive a time of 59.59.

We encourage you to enjoy the remainder of the day at the Zoo and ask that you respect the animals and the Zoo policies during this time.  

Race Perks

Race entry allows full day's access to Zoo

50% discount Zoo entry for spectators (must be pre-booked and spectators at location in Zoo grounds prior to 9 am)

Prizes for first 3 male & female finishers

Finisher medal for each entrant

Goodie bag courtesy of our sponsors

Complimentary post run massage station courtesy of Limbs of Glory

Contibution to our chosen charities: Dementia NI  &

We are looking forward to providing a fun, safe and rewarding run for you all and have put our best efforts in place in order to do so.  The run will be well marshalled for your safety and direction.  Please take heed of marshals if they ask you to take extra care at certain sections of the course.  The Belfast Zoo is a hilly venue, we ask that you allow for a lot of walking up the steep hills and to take extra care with tight corners on the faster downhills sections.  We would advise that runners pass others on the right throughout the course so please keep left to allow for this where you can.

The Monkstown Spartans are proud to bring the only 5K race in Northern Ireland through the beautiful grounds of Belfast Zoo.

Event Information

Venue: Belfast Zoo

Date: Sunday 14th April 2024

Time: 9.00am Start

Pack Collection: Pre-event collection will be at Decathlon, details to be confirmed

Numbers: capped at 350

Age: 12 and above

Cost: Entry is £20 (£15 for U16's) Affiliated athletes £18 (13 for U16's). See here for list of perks

Entry: Online entry will close at midnight on Sunday 7th April. If the event is not fully subscribed, we will be able to take entry on event day.

Course: A hilly 5k but what goes up, must come down. See here for map and profile

Charity: See here for the charities that your entry to this race will be supporting

Marshals: There will be many on course marshals on the day to direct runners

Water: There will be no water stations on the course but water will be available at the finish line

First Aid: There will be 4 dedicated St. Johns Ambulance staff on course