The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Castletown House, Celbridge. The course is run on a mixture of bitmac paths and gravel paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.

Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.

Course Safety

The Castletown parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the run as safe as possible, so runners, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:

  • Please be considerate to the park and other park users at all times.
  • Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.
  • Please arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the planet.
  • Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity - please visit the volunteer page for more information.
  • Take care near roads and car parks - some vehicles drive very quickly. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you’re driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you’re late!
  • When running, take care on uneven surfaces - whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
  • Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles) with us. Health advice about running can be found at the excellent Runners' Medical Resource website (although this external website focuses on preparation for a race and does not describe parkrun events).
  • Remember to warm up before the run.
  • If you see a runner with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.
  • If you’re watching, keep clear of runners on the course, and look after any children and dogs you may have with you.
  • It is not permitted to run with a pushchair and a dog at the same time.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
  • Runners pushing buggies are also welcome, but please take extreme care of other runners around you. If possible start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.
  • Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Consider protecting yourself by wearing repellent when at parkrun events in grassy or wooded areas. See lymediseaseuk.com for further details.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Castletown parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes compare results.

Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.

For more information, please see our Support page.

Course Map

Course Description

The run starts a few hundred metres away from the front of the main house in Castletown and a few hundred metres away from the parking area, so ensure you give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the event on time. This parkrun passes the front of Castletown House and then takes a left turn through a gate where participants run along the reservoir filled with ducks and the occasional swan, then it turns right and follows a top path for 200m with a downhill stretch at the end. There is a sharp left turn at the end where the parkrun route follows a lower path along the side of the River Liffey. The route then follows a steady incline back to meet the top path where it takes a left turn to return back past the start/finish area. parkrunners get to enjoy the views for a second time to make up the 5k for the event.

Facilities

There are no facilities available to parkrunners on site.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts a few hundred metres away from the front of the main house in Castletown and a few hundred metres away from the parking area, so ensure you give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the event on time.

Getting there by public transport

Using Dublin Bus: The 67 bus from Merrion Square in the centre of Dublin to Main Street Celbridge and walk (approx. 10-15mins) along the historical lime avenue to the House through the restored designed 18th century parklands.
Please refer to the Dublin Bus website for bus times.

Getting there on foot

As directions after arriving by bus above enter the park via the gate at the end of Main Street.

Getting there by road

The house is located just 20km from Dublin city centre on the M4 Galway/Sligo Road. From the M4 take Exit 6 (Celbridge West/Leixlip West Exit - R449, signposted for Castletown and Hewlett Packard). As you leave the M4, stay in the left hand lane and before the top of this sliproad there is a third lane on the left, go into this lane and then after approximately 100 meters you will see the modern Castletown Estate gates on the right.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The courtyard café, open after parkrun for your enjoyment - please come and join us!