The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Hartstown Park, Hartstown. The course is run entirely on tarmac 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 Hartstown 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 Hartstown parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes 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 all-weather pitch near the park’s entrance behind Hartstown Community School next to the park’s parking lot. The route heads north and continues around the border of the park in a clockwise direction. In the middle of the park, the route takes a sharp right where it returns around to the start line. A second, near idential loop is completed with only a small 20 metres or so to be completed off the main path to the finish chute.


Free parking is available at the Hartstown Park car park, beside Hartstown Community School.
Participants can also use the parking lot at the Hartstown Shopping Centre, which is approximately a 5 minute walk away from the meeting point.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the all-weather pitch near the park’s entrance behind Hartstown Community School next to the park’s parking lot.

Getting there by public transport

Bus routes 39 and 39A from Ongar to UCD and route 220 from Lady’s Well Road to Ballymun. See the Dublin Bus website for details.

Those travelling from Maynooth can take the train to Clonsilla train station, then the 39A bus down the Clonsilla Road to Hartstown park. See the Irish Rail website for timetables.

Getting there on foot

From Blanchardstown Centre make your way to the bus stops at the road near the yellow entrance of the shopping centre and get either the 39 or 39A bus, which travels past Hartstown Community School.

Getting there by road

From Dublin city centre take R107 onto the Navan Road then take a left onto R121 beside the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. Travel down the Mountview Road until you get to Hartstown and follow the road adjacent to the park until you reach the park’s parking lot beside Hartstown Community School.
It's about a 100 metre walk from this car park to the meeting point.

Post Run Coffee

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