The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Mallow Town Park, Mallow. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, concrete paths and trail 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 Mallow Town 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 Mallow Town 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

One anticlockwise lap of the perimeter of the park. Followed by an out and back section to Annabella. Then another anticlockwise lap of the perimeter of the park. The perimeter of the park is a mixture of rough trail and concrete path. The out and back section is a mixture of tarmacadam and concrete path. The start and finish are close to the soccer pitch.


Soccer and GAA pitches are also on site and a children’s playground, and outdoor fitness equipment are situated across from the park. There is a public toilet available on St James’ Avenue.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts close to the soccer pitch.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Bus Eireann number 51from Cork and Limerick serves Mallow. Alight at bus stop in Town Park. Please see the Bus Éireann website.

Train: Irish Rail serves Mallow from Cork, Limerick and Killarney. Alight at Mallow Train Station. Take footbridge over N20. Continue toward Mallow town centre. Take the first right onto Park Road. Mallow Town Park will be on your right. (approx. 350 metres.) Please see the Irish Rail website.

Getting there on foot

From Main Street in front of library take Bridge Street for approx 200m at N72 turn right park is on the left.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV the Eircode for Tesco on the Park Road, Mallow is P51 H363.

From Cork: Take N20 towards Limerick. At the roundabout in Mallow take the 3rd exit onto West End. Take first right onto Park Road. Mallow Town Park will be on your right (approx. 350 metres).

From Limerick: Take N20 towards Cork. At the second roundabout in Mallow take the 1st exit onto West End. Take first right onto Park Road. Mallow Town Park will be on your right (approx. 350 metres).

From Killarney: Take N72 towards Mallow. At the roundabout in Mallow take the 2nd exit onto West End. Take first right onto Park Road. Mallow Town Park will be on your right (approx. 350 metres).

Four car parks are available opposite the Town Park. Tesco’s, off Canon Field Road, off St James’ Avenue and a public car park near Mallow Bridge. (LIDL car park is for customers only.)

Post Run Coffee

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