The course

The course is in Bremore Castle Park, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. The course is 2000m (2K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and grass. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Marshals will be located along the course.

The course will be marshalled so that juniors will be in sight of a marshal at all times.

Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. Please give way to other park users. This won't slow you down and will help ensure the overall success of 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.

junior parkrun rules and guidelines

Balbriggan junior parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. To make the event as safe as possible, participants, spectators and volunteers are asked to take note of the following rules and guidelines:

  • Whilst parkrun fully accepts its duty of care and will do everything it can to minimise risk of injury and harm to all participants whilst at parkrun events, it is parent/guardians who ultimately have responsibility for the welfare of their children.
  • It is not mandatory for a parent/guardian to participate in junior parkruns, but children under the age of 11 must be accompanied to/from the event by a responsible adult, and the responsible adult must remain in attendance for the duration of the event.
  • Junior events are open and inclusive. Disabled people may participate wherever it is safe for them to do so. The event team can provide disabled participants with course information in order that the participant (or their parent/guardian) can make an informed decision about their safe participation.
  • Whilst more competitive children can use junior parkruns to test themselves against their own time, and against others, participation should ultimately be for fun, and we urge all parents/guardians/volunteers not to put children under undue pressure to perform.
  • Participants should be able to complete (run, jog, walk) 2km. 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).
  • junior parkruns are running, jogging and walking events, and the use of children’s scooters, balance bikes, trikes or cycles is prohibited.
  • Slower runners are encouraged to seed themselves, by starting towards the back of the group especially if an adult is accompanying them.
  • junior parkruns are timed events. Only those aged between 4-14 years old and on foot (eg not those in a buggy or on the shoulders of an adult) can cross the finish line and be recorded in the results list.
  • Exceptions to this rule are subject to the discretion of the Event and/or Run Director. Examples include those over 14 with special educational needs (SEN) or those with a registered disability, for whom social interaction and physical activity may be difficult but important.
  • A strict ‘no barcode no result’ policy will be enforced.
  • Buggies are allowed, subject to course conditions, but only if the adult pushing the buggy is accompanying a junior runner. Adults with buggies are urged to position themselves appropriately for the safety and enjoyment of all.
  • Dogs or other pets are not allowed to take part in junior parkruns.
  • When running, take care should be taken on uneven surfaces and participants should watch out for other park users, animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, trees, posts and other obstacles around the course. All parkrunners should be considerate to the park and all other park users at all times.
  • Spectators should keep clear of participants on the course and keep control of any children and dogs.
  • Participants should take care near roads and car parks, congregate away from the cars and be careful if driving to/from the event.
  • Photography or filming is likely to take place at junior parkrun events. Please see our photos page for more details.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas with deer, and occasionally passed to human's through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.
  • This is a free event and all participants attend and run at their own risk.

Please consider helping the event by volunteering - this event survives only because of your generosity. Please visit the volunteer page for more information.

Course map

Course description

Two x 1km loops in a clockwise direction on tarmac and grit path. Gather on the western side of the archway in the grassy field. Start line is located 20 meters from the arch in the field. Course starts on grass for 20 meters then it runs alongside the all-weather pitches on a tarmac path. After 180m there is a sharp left turn. Stay on the tarmac path for 60m. Turn right and stay on tarmac path for another 60m. Path narrows to 2 meters in width. There is a slight incline here and the beautiful Bremore Castle is to your left hand side. Small step down onto pathway and continue straight for 20m. Turn right onto the grit path and follow it around the perimeter of the field. The ground is slightly sloping to the left here. As you turn around the hairpin bend at the apex of the course, you will continue in a straight line on the grit path along the hedgerow, with the railway on your left and the castle across the fields to your right. This straight is about 500m long. Enjoy the view! Then take a sharp turn around the lamppost and complete your second lap of the course. The finish corral is at the end of the 500 meter straight.

Facilities

Balbriggan FC have kindly let us use their clubhouse toilets. They will also be selling tea and coffee from their clubhouse on Sunday mornings. Profits go to the football club.

Location of start

Gather on the western side of the archway in the grassy field. The start is located 20 meters from the arch in the field.

Getting there by public transport

Train ? the nearest train station is Balbriggan. To get there, take the commuter train from Drogheda or Dundalk to the north, or from Skerries, Rush & Lusk, Donabate, Howth Junction, Connolly, Tara St or Pearse St stations to the south.

Bus ? take the 33 from Lower Abbey Street in Dublin City.

Bus ? take the 33a from Swords, Co. Dublin.

See the DublinBus website for more information.

Getting there on foot

Train ? Exit Balbriggan train station by foot and turn right out of the station carpark. Take the next right and go through the pedestrian tunnel, out onto the path along the back of Balbriggan beach. Turn left (north) along this pathway and follow it all the way around towards the Martello tower. 50 meters before the tower, follow the road around to the left. The lambeecher carpark will be 40 meters down that road on your right hand side.

Bus ? take the 33 bus from Lower Abbey Street in Dublin city to Balbriggan. Get off at the stop beside Bath road. Walk down Bath Road about 400m and under the railway bridge. Turn left into Lambeecher carpark. Follow the footpath past the FC clubhouse and under the archway to the startline.

Getting there by road

Coming from Dublin take exit 6 off the M1 motorway and follow signs for Balbriggan town centre (about 4km). At the T-junction (with the Milestone pub in front of you) take a left at these traffic lights. Drive through the town, passing Super-Valu on your right hand side. Take the right turn at the traffic lights after McLoughlin’s petrol station (which will be on your left). This is called Bath Road. Drive down Bath road for about 400m and under the low railway bridge. 15 meters after you pass under the bridge, there is a stony carpark on your left. Drive in and park. Follow the footpath past the Balbriggan FC clubhouse and under the archway to the start line.

Coming from Drogheda, drive through Julianstown and follow signs for Balbriggan town. As you come into the town, the Garda Station will be on your right hand side. Continue straight past it and turn left at the next set of traffic lights onto Bath Road. Drive down Bath road for about 800m and under the low railway bridge. 15 meters after you pass under the bridge, there is a stony carpark on your left. Drive in and park. Follow the footpath past the Balbriggan FC clubhouse and under the archway to the start line.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Balbriggan FC clubhouse, who will open their coffee stand - please come and join us!