The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Sean Moore Park, Sandymount, Dublin. The course is run entirely on a mixture of surfaces. 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

Poolbeg parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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 one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • 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 Poolbeg 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 with a run along Blackberry lane before veering right into Sean Moore Park. At the end of the park there is a right turn up a slight incline before turning right again. At the 1k mark the course rejoins the original path and runs back past the start line and on out to Irishtown Nature Park. There is a short sharp hill just before the turnaround point before returning back past the start line and completing another loop in Sean Moore Park before the final sprint to the finish line.


There are no toilet facilities available at start/finish area. Please do not use the toilet facilities in the GAA Clubhouse.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on Blackberry Lane at the Beach end of Sean Moore Park.

Getting there by public transport

Poolbeg parkrun is approx. 1km (15 min walk) from both Lansdowne Road and Sandymount Dart Stations. Bus Numbers 47 and 1 serve Sandymount Village ? stop 374 (Sandymount Rd, Marine Drive, Tesco supermarket). Poolbeg parkrun is approx. 300m or a 4 min walk away.

Getting there on foot

From Lansdowne Rd DART Station walk along Lansdowne Rd past the Aviva Stadium and cross over the river Dodder to small roundabout. Turn left onto Newbridge Avenue and follow to the end of the road. At the junction with Tritonville Road turn left and then first right onto Cranfield Place. Follow to the end of the road and cross Beach Road at traffic lights. Use the entrance to Sean Moore Park and follow the path on the right to the end where you will meet the Beach. Turn left and the start/finish area is 200m along Blackberry Lane.
From Sandymount DART Station walk along Sandymount Avenue towards Sandymount Village. At the end of the road turn left into Sandymount Village. Follow Seafort Avenue (AIB Bank on corner) to the end and cross Beach Road at traffic lights. Use the entrance to Sean Moore Park and the start/finish area is 200m along Blackberry Lane.
From Bus Stop 374 at Tesco supermarket turn right onto Marine Drive. Follow to the end of the road and cross Beach Road at traffic lights. Use the entrance to Sean Moore Park and follow path to the start/finish area 200m along Blackberry Lane.

Getting there by road

From Dublin City Centre travel along Pearse Street, cross Ringsend Bridge and follow Irishtown Road. Keep left at the junction with Irishtown House onto Pembroke Street. Follow Pembroke Street and continue on to Beach Road. Continue through small roundabout at Star of the Sea BNS and Sean Moore Park is on your left. The best place to park is on Beach Road or in one of the Sandymount Strand car parks. Please do not use the parking in the GAA club and consider residents when you are parking.
If you live close why not walk/bike/run to the start as a warmup!

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in one of the cafes in Sandymount Village - please come and join us!