The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Newbridge House, Donabate. 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. 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

Donabate 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!
  • 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 Donabate 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 course starts at the front of the house and then goes down past the coffee shop. Go down the service road and come out by the GAA pitches and follow the path down the back of the farm. At the top of the farm turn left and follow the path past the deer and at the top turn right. Take the first path on the right at the top of the path turn left and follow the path all the way round past the deer again and at the top turn right and head towards the house and finish in front of the house.


Free parking is available in the car park to the left of the house.
Toilets are behind the house close to the start / finish area and also in the playground.
There is a children’s playground to the left of the car park.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts in front of the steps of the house.

Getting there by public transport

The nearest train station is Donabate. See the Irish Rail website for timetables then follow the directions for on foot.
The nearest bus stop is outside the main gates of Newbridge House (served by 33B to and from Swords) see the Dublin Bus website for timetables. It’s about a 600 metre walk from the gates to the house.

Getting there on foot

It is about a 1k walk from Donabate town centre to the start. Follow the footpath over the bridge and past the train station on your right. After 100 metres take a left up the hill and then immediate right into the square. Follow the footpath to the side gate of Newbridge park and continue straight on the pathway for another 200 metres. Turn right and you will see the house ahead to the left.

Getting there by road

From M1 North and M1 South exit at Junction 4 Donabate. Follow the signs for Donabate and Newbridge House along the Hearse Road (R126) and after 2k turn left through the main gates of Newbridge House. Follow the road straight to the car park. From Swords or Malahide take the R132 and follow the instructions as above. From Donabate town centre follow the road left over the railway bridge and along the Hearse Road (R126) turning right into the main gates of Newbridge House after 2k.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Coach House Cafe which is close to the start/finish area. 10% discount is available on presentation of your barcode on Saturday morning - please come and join us!