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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 Malahide Castle grounds, Dublin and run on a mixture of tarmac paths and gravel/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

The Malahide 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.
  • 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Malahide 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 meeting place, start and finish are at the top of the pedestrian avenue beside the bridge field. The course goes clockwise around the golf course doing one complete lap. After another half lap of the golf course, it turns left onto the larger lap. This goes through the trees and after crossing a pedestrian path from the Swords Road entrance, turns right onto a gravel path through more trees. At the furthest point out on the course, it turns right onto a long section through the woods and follows the perimeter path back towards the golf course and the tennis courts. After heading up the slight incline from the tennis courts (for the second time), the course turns left to get to the finish.


  • Parking: Free parking is available in the car park just off Back Road.
  • Toilets: Toilets are available next to the Back Road car park.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the top of the pedestrian avenue beside the bridge field.

Getting there by public transport


Take the DART train to Malahide station. Leave station by main entrance and go right. The (bridge-field) entrance to the park is about 200 metres on left. Walk straight up to the top of this path (about 400 metres).


Take 42 bus to Malahide (St. Sylvester's church. stop number 3585). Walk back direction bus came a short distance to find pedestrian entrance to park. Walk up path inside park.

Getting there on foot

From Malahide village make your way to the DART station and follow instructions above.

Getting there by road

From Dublin city centre: Take R107 and turn right onto Back Road.

From Swords: Take R106 and turn right onto R107 then left on to Back Road.

Main vehicle entrance to the castle is approx 500 metres up Back Road. Please continue past this entrance and use the next one about 200 metres further up Back Rd on left. It's about a 500 metre walk from this carpark to the meeting place. Follow the path, turning right at the point where the path starts to veer left.

Post Run Coffee

Each week we enjoy a post-parkrun coffee in the Avoca cafe in the castle - please come and join us.