The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Halton's Amenity Park, Cootehill. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, gravel paths, trail paths and dirt 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

Cootehill 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 event 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 event, please drive carefully even if you’re late!
  • Take care on uneven surfaces – whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other participants, 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.
  • If you see someone with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.
  • If you’re watching, keep clear of participants 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.
  • parkrunners 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 Cootehill 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

The route is a 2.5km loop which is completed twice along the east and west banks of the Dromore River. It starts from 'Halton's' Gate Lodge, continues up the forest lane until a Y junction - Keep left at this junction, continue down a gentle hill and turn left at the bottom of the hill onto a pathway which runs adjacent to the Dromore River. Continue until you come to the footbridge, cross over the bridge and continue along this path which runs parallel with the Monaghan Road. Keep right on the path, then continue straight across Dartry avenue where you do a 'U' loop and come back along the forest path and return across the footbridge and back to the start area. At this point, 2.5km are complete so you do the full loop a second time to complete the 5km route. You will be treated to beautiful broadleaf forest trails, stunning river views in a wonderful family friendly outdoor amenity setting. This route is the only parkrun route which crosses between two County boundaries! When you cross the footbridge and the Dromore River you are leaving County Cavan and entering County Monaghan!


There are limited parking spaces available so car sharing is recommended. There are no toilet facilities on site. There are picnic tables and open green spaces available for attending children and family members. The Car Park at Haltons Cootehill also provides 2 Aires de Service (Motor Home Service Units) together with 2 outdoor Barbeque units piped to Natural Gas Supply.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts from Haltons Amenity Area - Gate Lodge.

Getting there by public transport

None available.

Getting there on foot

From Cootehill town take the footpath leading from Bridge Street out the Monaghan road. The path will lead to the amenity area on the right. (1.1km walk, circa 10-15mins).
A bicycle stand is located over the bridge on the west side of the river. It is located behind the stone wall between the public road and the changing shelter area.

Getting there by road

Sat Nav - 54°04'53.5"N 7°05'18.0"W
Take the Monaghan road out of Cootehill town (R188) and continue for 1.1km. The amenity area and car park is on your right. Use the second entrance.
From Monaghan/Rockcorry direction follow signs for Cootehill (R188). Continue from Rockcorry for 7km. When you pass Abbots Factory (on right) continue over the bridge and the Amenity Area in on your left. Use the first entrance.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post-parkrun coffee: the finish area. Please come and join us!