The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at The Demense, Newcastle West. The course is run entirely on tarmac 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 Newcastle West 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 Newcastle West 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

Starting just inside the pedestrian gate beside the soccer field carpark you run in a clockwise direction around the course. Care to be taken at the first left turn as the wall of the bridge is low and the turn is sharp. The track which you are running on is about a Metre wide and is Tarmac surface, care to be taken during the year for fallen leaves Etc. Some of the shaded trackway has a slight growth of moss. After doing the first lap you continue around to do the second and third laps which are the same, Turn point will be marked on the course. After 3 laps are completed you will finish at the place where you started. Course is generally flat with just 1 point where there is a slight rise. This is in the section close to the end of each lap.


There are toilets in the community centre postcode V42PN25. There is also a playground and skater park in the area also. Free carparking is available in a number of sites within the demesne. There are also a number of shops and café’s within walking distance of the demesne for refreshments.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts just inside the pedestrian gate beside the soccer field.

Getting there by public transport

Not applicable park is in town centre.

Getting there on foot

From the North West corner of the square take the narrow road at the side of Bank of Ireland sign posted Castle Demense. The park is approx 400m along this road.

Getting there by road

At either side of Newcastle West on the N21 there are signs for the Castle Demense. Follow these and once you Pass the Aldi Store there are carparks at the Community centre, Gaa Field, Soccer Field and other general Parking around the entrance to the Demense. The park entrance is just past the Ballygowan Water Plant and beside the soccer field carpark.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!