The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Belleek, Ballina. The course is run on a mixture of bitmac and forest trail 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

Ballina parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 for further details.
  • You are welcome to take part with one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

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

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners 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 down and out course starting below the grounds of the Ballina Soccer club at the entrance to Belleek Woods, running down the main avenue also known as "The Heritage Trail", this takes you to the duck pond where you will hear lots of quacks as you run past. Keeping the river Moy to your right as we continue down to where the wood opens out to a big picnic area, and it is here you will see the ruins of the stone ship SS Creteboom (one of 12 ships constructed during World War 1 for use as tug boats). Keeping the river on your right the whole time you will continue to the end of the woods where you will come across a barrier, there is a turn around here where you will make your way back the same route. This lovely route takes in part of the newly constructed monasteries of the Moy greenway with fantastic views of the river Moy.


Toilet facilities, Fee car park, Tea & Coffee also available to purchase post event

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at Ballina Soccer Club.

Getting there by public transport

Public transport into town is by Bus and rail situated on Station Road Ballina. Taking the N59 to Sligo till you come to Dunnes Stores, follow road around passing Ballina Town Council on your left, take the immediate road on the left and follow this road down till you come to Ballina Athletic Club track on your left, continue down for about 300m where you will arrive at the soccer club.

Getting there on foot

When you are standing outside the Ballina Council office take the road to the left and keeping walking till you reach the Ballina Athletic Club on the left on your left, continue down for about 300m where you will arrive at the soccer club.

Getting there by road

Driving Directions coming from Foxford: You will come to 1st set of traffic lights go straight on to the 2nd set of lights, straight on thru these, you will come to mini roundabout, take right onto Circular Road heading straight you will come to another mini roundabout, keep straight and you will pass Dunnes Stores on your left, follow the road around by dunes you will come to Ballina Town Council Office, take the road off to the left heading down Nally Street onto Castle Court, athletic track on you left, continue down for about 300m where you will arrive at the soccer club.

Driving Directions from Sligo: You will drive up alongside River Moy (Claire Street) onto Cathedral Road keeping in the right hand lane (one way system) all the way as you have to go around Ham Bridge. When you have gone over the bridge onto Emmett Street, get into the left hand lane where you will drive around onto Dillon Tce. Take the 1st right (Ballina Town Council Office in front of you) onto Nally Street then onto Castle Court, athletic track on you left, continue down for about 300m where you will arrive at the soccer club.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Runaway Cafe - please come and join us!