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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 Marlay Park, Dublin. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and gravel 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 Marlay 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.
  • 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 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 Marlay 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 course starts at the back of the park on the path between the lower college road car park and the childrens playground. The run starts downhill and takes two sharp right turns, leading to the first hill. A left turn at the top of the hill, around the golf course follows the perimeter path before a left turn across the centre of the football pitches which leads into the woods. The course then loops around the concert field and takes a left turn up a forest path on the opposite side. Once past the fairy tree, a right turn leads to the 4km marker. A right turn down the hill leads to two final left turns into the finish straight, finishing by the lower college road car park.



Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the back of the park on the path between the lower college road car park and the childrens playground.

Getting there by public transport

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

Getting there on foot

From Balally LUAS station:
  • Pass Dundrum Shopping Center on right onto the Wyckham Way
  • Follow Wyckham Way for 1 km
  • At second roundabout turn right on to Balinteer Avenue
  • Walk to end of Balinteer Avenue 1 km
  • Turn right on to Grange Road
  • Follow Grange Rd for 0.5 km
  • Entrance to the park is on left

Getting there by road

From M50:
  • Exit at junction 13, take Grange Road exit off roundabout.
  • Continue along Grange Road for 1km
  • Turn left 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

Post Run Coffee

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