The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Cross Loop, Cross, Binghamstown, Belmullet. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, grass and sand . 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 Erris 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 Erris 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

This is a 1 lap, clockwise course.
Park adjacent to Cross Lake and walk approximately 100 metres to the start of the course adjacent to the lake. The course circles Cross Lough on minor access roads with underfoot generally firm and even. From the finish area to the Car park/Start area there is a short section with a climb and descent through sand dunes which runners should be aware of and negotiate carefully.

Facilities

Car Parking adjacent to Cross graveyard.

Getting There

Location of start

Park adjacent to Cross Lake and walk approximately 100 metres to the start of the course adjacent to the lake.

Getting there by public transport

The only scheduled Bus Eireann buses to Belmullet leaves Ballina each evening at 18.20 (Sunday 13.00) and also 21.45 on Friday evenings.

Getting there on foot

See Getting there by road

Getting there by road

From the town of Belmullet travel in a Westerly direction out of town on Barrack Street past Eurospar and take the first left (signposted An Fód Dubh (Blacksod) and an Geata Mór (Binghamstown). Travel for a distance of approximately 5km to the village of Binghamstown (An Geata Mór) and turn right immediately before the Church on your right hand side. Continue on this road for a distance of approximately 3km and veer left at Cross Graveyard and follow signs to park adjacent to Cross Lake.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the finish line - please come and join us!