The Course

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

Listowel 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 Listowel 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 3 lap, anti-clockwise course around the edge of the beautiful Listowel Town Park.

It starts next to the playgrounds, following the path around the community centre before turning left to follow the river. The route bends around the end of the rugby pitches, heading into the woods, up the hill toward the GAA club. It then follows the edge of the graveyard, returning down the hill along the edge of the pitch-and-putt course.

The finish line is a few hundred metres after the end of the third lap at the river’s edge.


A limited amount of car parking (including disabled accessible spaces) is available inside the Town Park adjacent to the community centre near the start location. Plenty of additional car parking is available beside the bridge near the finish line, accessed by the gate next to (not under) the arch monument.

There is a petrol station with a shop located very close to the start and finish area. There are also toilets available inside the community centre.

A children’s playground is located in the park adjacent to the start line. There is also a pitch-and-putt course, outdoor exercise machines and tennis courts in the park for families looking to plan a day of recreation around their parkrun.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts next to the playgrounds.

Getting there by public transport

Private and public buses drop off in the Town Square. The Park is easily accessible from there by walking down the hill along Bridge Street to the main Park entrance gate on the left. The start line is next to the playground which is visible from the Park entrance.

Getting there on foot

The Town Park can be accessed through the Bridge Street main gate or from Upper Church Street (N69) by following Gurtinard or through the graveyard. The start line is next to the playground at the Eastern side of the Park.

Getting there by road

From Listowel town, head down the hill on Bridge Street toward the river and the Town Park entrance will be on your left just before the petrol station. Additional parking is available in the lot located near the arch monument just before the bridge. Enter to the left before the arch (do not drive under the arch).

From Tralee or Abbeyfeale, approach the town over the bridge and the carparks are on the right. The main Town Park lot is after the petrol station with additional parking in the lot on the right before the station.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Listowel Arms Hotel - please come and join us!