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The course

The course is at Malahide Castle, Malahide. The course is 2000m (2K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is run entirely on tarmac paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Marshals will be located along the course.

The course will be marshalled so that juniors will be in sight of a marshal at all times.

Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. Please give way to other park users. This won't slow you down and will help ensure the overall success of 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.

junior parkrun rules and guidelines

Malahide Castle junior parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. To make the event as safe as possible, participants, spectators and volunteers are asked to take note of the following rules and guidelines:

  • Whilst parkrun fully accepts its duty of care and will do everything it can to minimise risk of injury and harm to all participants whilst at parkrun events, it is parent/guardians who ultimately have responsibility for the welfare of their children.
  • It is not mandatory for a parent/guardian to participate in junior parkruns, but children under the age of 11 must be accompanied to/from the event by a responsible adult, and the responsible adult must remain in attendance for the duration of the event.
  • Junior events are open and inclusive. Disabled people may participate wherever it is safe for them to do so. The event team can provide disabled participants with course information in order that the participant (or their parent/guardian) can make an informed decision about their safe participation.
  • Whilst more competitive children can use junior parkruns to test themselves against their own time, and against others, participation should ultimately be for fun, and we urge all parents/guardians/volunteers not to put children under undue pressure to perform.
  • Participants should be able to complete (run, jog, walk) 2km. 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).
  • junior parkruns are running, jogging and walking events, and the use of children’s scooters, balance bikes, trikes or cycles is prohibited.
  • Slower runners are encouraged to seed themselves, by starting towards the back of the group especially if an adult is accompanying them.
  • junior parkruns are timed events. Only those aged between 4 to 14 years old completing the course themselves will be given a result. ​
  • Exceptions to this rule are subject to the discretion of the Event and/or Run Director. Examples include those over 14 with special educational needs (SEN) or those with a registered disability, for whom social interaction and physical activity may be difficult but important.
  • A strict ‘no barcode no result’ policy will be enforced.
  • Buggies are allowed, subject to course conditions, but only if the adult pushing the buggy is accompanying a junior runner. Adults with buggies are urged to position themselves appropriately for the safety and enjoyment of all.
  • Dogs or other pets are not allowed to take part in junior parkruns.
  • When running, take care should be taken on uneven surfaces and participants should watch out for other park users, animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, trees, posts and other obstacles around the course. All parkrunners should be considerate to the park and all other park users at all times.
  • Spectators should keep clear of participants on the course and keep control of any children and dogs.
  • Participants should take care near roads and car parks, congregate away from the cars and be careful if driving to/from the event.
  • Photography or filming is likely to take place at junior parkrun events. Please see our photos page for more details.
  • 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.

Please consider helping the event by volunteering - this event survives only because of your generosity. Please visit the volunteer page for more information.

Course map

Course description

The course is two and a half laps clockwise around 'Lady's Acre', mostly on a wide tarmac path but a small portion is on grass. The start line is at the back of the cricket pitch and the finish line is about 20m before the Tree House Café. See map for details.


There are toilets, a coffee shop (The Tree House Café), tennis courts and a pitch 'n' putt course 20m from the finish line. The cricket club is 200m from the finish line. Avoca café is about 800m from the finish line. Malahide train station is close to the start line. There are GAA and soccer pitches nearby as well as the beautiful Malahide Castle and gardens. There is a large playground in the castle grounds, about 800 m from the finish line.

Location of start

The event starts at Malahide Castle.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: If taking the bus, the 42 bus stop is opposite Malahide train station. Follow directions as below. The 32 bus terminus is near the Diamond in Malahide Village. Follow the "getting there on foot" directions as below. The 102 bus runs between Sutton DART station and Dublin Airport. It stops near the humpback bridge in Malahide Village. Follow directions on foot as below.

Train: Take the DART or Commuter train and disembark at Malahide train station. Exit the station and cross the road at the pedestrian lights. Turn right and walk over the humpback bridge. Just after the entrance to the car park, turn left through a double, black, wrought iron gate into Malahide Castle grounds and the start line is directly in front of you.

Getting there on foot

From the Diamond in Malahide Village walk southwest towards the train station. At the entrance to the train station, cross the road at the pedestrian lights. Turn right and walk over the humpback bridge. Just after the entrance to the carpark, turn left through a double, black, wrought iron gate into Malahide Castle grounds and the start line is directly in front of you.

Getting there by road

Coming from the city centre, take the Malahide Road towards Malahide. As you enter Malahide village, the car park is on the right hand side just before the humpback bridge.

Coming from Portmarnock, drive along the coast road and through Malahide village. After the train station drive over the humpback bridge. The car park is on your left hand side just over the bridge.

Free parking is available at Bridgefield car park, across the road from Malahide DART station and over the humpback bridge. The car park is a one minute walk to the start line.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Tree House Café - please come and join us!