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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Father Collins Park, Dublin. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and concrete 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

The Father Collins 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.
  • 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 a dog, but please keep the dog on a short lead or short 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 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Father Collins 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 course is a two lap course. It starts and finishes on the central path up at the waterfall feature. It runs down the central path and goes clockwise for 2 laps finishing again on the central path. The course is mainly flat with a couple of very small slopes.


There is plenty of free parking. The Clongriffin Park and ride is located at the end of Clongriffin main street. There is also plenty of Parking beside the park on Park avenue and on Marsfield Avenue but please do not park outside residents houses. DO NOT park on Clongriffin main street as there is clamping in operation.
Father Collins park also has two kid’s playgrounds, a skate park and a very large pond with ducks and swans.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the central path up at the waterfall feature.

Getting there by public transport

Bus service 15 from Ballycullen road passes the park.
Using the Dart, get on the Malahide train and get off at Clongriffin train station. Coming out of the station go right down a series of steps with apartments on your right onto Bridge St. Walk up Main Street Clongriffin and the park is located 600m on the right.

Getting there on foot

Father Collins Park is located on the Hole in the wall road in Donaghmede/Clongriffin. As walking directions from train station above.

Getting there by road

Father Collins Park is located in Clongriffin (Dublin 13) which is situated beside Donaghmede and Baldoyle.

Approaching by M50 or M1 come off at the M50/M1 Junction following signs for Malahide. Follow the R139 through three roundabouts turning left at the fourth onto Hole in The Wall Rd which passes the park.

Coming from Malahide/Portmarnock, drive down coast rd into Portmarnock and take a right at the roundabout onto Station rd, continue to the end of the road and go left onto the R124, drive straight to the end and go right and then left onto Hole in the wall rd, take a left at the mini roundabout and the park will be straight in front of you.

Coming from the City centre travel into Fairview and take the left onto the Malahide rd. Travel straight down the Malahide road until you get to Tesco Clarehall in which you turn right at the main junction. Drive straight through the first roundabout and at the second go left. Travel 300m and Father Collins park will be on your right.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!