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The course

The course is at Marlay Park, Rathfarnham. The course is 2000m (2K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is run entirely on permanent 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

Marlay 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

Two laps on a permanent path around the perimeter of the Concert field. The start and finish is located at the lakeside of the Concert field and the course is visible throughout.


Marlay Park is a lovely park with an excellent children’s playground located beside our meeting area at the College Road car park.

Location of start

the run starts at the lakeside of the Concert field.

Getting there by public transport

The following bus routes stop near the park
  • No. 16 (Santry and City Centre to Grange Road), ask for Marlay Park.
  • No. 16A (Santry and City Centre to Grange Road & 10mins walk up Grange Road)
  • No. 116 (From DCU to Marlay via Drumcondra, Leeson Street & Dundrum)
  • No. 161 (via Nutgrove, Rathfarnham)

Getting there on foot

You may enter the park on foot from a number of gates across the park.
From Balinteer Avenue enter at the Balinteer Gate and turn right towards the Concert field.
From the Grange Road enter at one of three gates and follow signs to Marlay House and to the start.
From College Road, walk down past playground and turn right. Follow sign to parkrun start line.

Getting there by road

From M50:
  • Exit at junction 13, take Grange Road exit first left off roundabout. Continue along Grange Road for 1km.
  • Turn left at traffic lights just before Balinteer St. Johns GAA club. Follow road keeping park perimeter wall on your right for 0.5km.
  • Turn right onto College Road. Entrance on right after 0.5km. Head down to car park beside the children’s playground.
  • It is short walk down (400m) from the College Road car park to the start area.
  • For those driving to the event please park in the College Road car parks.
  • There are 350 spaces here making this easy entry and exit for any cars.
  • There is also an excellent children’s playground located beside the College Road car park.
  • The children’s playground car park is 400m from the start and we meet at the car park from 9.10am and walk down to the start together.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Marlay Park Co Co market or Bolands Café - please come and join us!