Take the hard work out of running.

We get you out the door, make it fun and inspire to keep moving long into the future. 

Join us and enjoy the freedom of running.   

We believe that consistency makes the magic happen. Finding something you love doing will mean you will keep it up and find it easier to get off the couch!

We offer classes, virtual coaching membership, retreats and plenty of inspiration for those starting out, making a comeback or indeed just needing a new focus.

“My old mantra of 'I can’t run' has changed to 'I can’t imagine not running.' Forget The Gym is like one big family, it’s a social group that enjoy running. I’ve gone from 5k to 10k, half marathon to marathon. Not only that, I have made some absolutely amazing friends, people who be part of my life for a long, long time.” - Louise

Meet Our Coaches

We are a team of 4 coaches who understand how hard it is to juggle everything. But we recognise how important it is to look after our body too. So we don’t shout, scream or scare you off running, instead our aim is to encourage you to get started, build your running confidence and keep you motivated and inspired to keep on moving in the great outdoors.

We show you that running doesn’t have to be competitive, but can also be a hobby, a social outlet or sometimes just a way to escape, destress and replenish your energy and enthusiasm for life. 

Mary Jennings, Founder & Coach

Mary founded ForgetTheGym 16 years ago when she couldn’t face another day of going back into the office of her ‘proper job’ after sunny lunchtimes.

It was time to follow her passion for spending more time outdoors. A relative late comer to running, Mary understands what it’s like not to feel ‘sporty’ and loves building confidence in new runners and helping people reach their running goals.

Mary is the author of the book ‘Get Running’ published by Gill Books.

She is a regular columnist with The Irish Times and a frequent voice on radio, television and print.

She has plenty practise on the roads herself having completed over 45 marathons and ultramarathons. 

Aoife Slater, Running and Strength Coach 

Just like Mary, Aoife discovered running as an adult and has seen it transform not only her appearance but also her lifestyle.

From being a self-confessed overweight and unfit couch potato, things changed in 2009 when she built up slowly from walking to running 10k and hasn’t looked back.

She truly caught the running bug and has replaced the 9-5 office job with running shoes.

From parkruns to marathons, Aoife has seen running change her body and her mindset and today coaches our runners who need support, motivation and a gentle nudge in the right direction.

Aoife is ensuring her love for running is passed on to the next generation as she encourages her children to enjoy junior parkrun too.

Dee Daly, Food Coach

Dee first joined us in 2015 when we teamed up to offer Run+Cook events in Dublin city.

Since then Dee has become one of our regular runners and fountain of knowledge on all things food related.

When we moved to virtual coaching during COVID Dee became our foodie voice of reason, helping us enjoy simple healthy food without making it too complicated.

Dee combines her love of food and cooking with her nutritional background to show people that food can be both tasty and healthy.

She believes the best tool to inspire people to eat healthy is flavour and thankfully she approves of our post run picnics and coffees.

Linda Champ, Yoga Coach

Linda is our yoga guru who helps us all balance our enthusiasm for moving with a little bit of relaxation and yoga.

Founder of Linann Yoga, Linda Champ is based in Co. Offaly.

Linda joined our team in 2019 when we first started our running retreats to the midlands and we loved dropping into her beautiful yoga dome for our yin yoga after our running adventures.

Today we are lucky to have Linda teach virtually for our running group helping us complement our running (and our lives) with yoga.

Linda has over 14 years experience in Holistic Therapy, Nutritional Therapy, Neuromuscular & Physical Therapy and Ashtanga Yoga teaching at home and abroad.

How to get started

After 16 years in business, from beginners to marathoners and everything in between, we have shared the paths, finish lines and post run coffees with thousands of wonderful women who have achieved things they never dreamed possible. Here are the ways you can be part of the gang:


Our virtual hub of coaching, enthusiasm, motivation,  support and fun.

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Beginners Running

8 weeks guided coaching to get you started and up to running 30 minutes.  

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Beach Classes

Mon-Wed evening classes for runners of all levels in Dublin, Ireland.

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Run Retreats

Leisurely getaways at home and abroad for runners. 

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Dublin Marathon 

16 Week virtual guided marathon programme 

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