The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Poppintree Park, Dublin. 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 Poppintree 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 lymediseaseuk.com 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 Poppintree 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

A fast, flat 5 kilometer course through the park's series of tarmac paths. Runners are to meet at the pond, located at the south side of the park. The finish line is located a bit further north, with the closest gate being the Poppintree Crescent gate. The route follows the path north towards the Jamestown Road, around the circumference of the park and loops back down around the pond. This route will be completed three times.

Facilities

Some on-street parking is available plus limited parking in housing estates before and after the Jamestown Road entrance. Limited parking is also available in housing estates at all other entrances.

Getting There

Location of start

Please meet at the pond, located at the south side of the park.

Getting there by public transport

Dublin Bus:

  • Number 13: Take bus from O’Connell Street (bus stop number 281). Exit at Poppintree Shops (bus stop 104) and continue straight ahead talking the first left onto Belclare Drive. Park is straight ahead at end of this road.
  • Number 9: Take bus from O’Connell Street (bus stop number 281). Exit on Glasnevin Avenue/Benevin Drive (bus stop number 131). Cross road and take a right at the roundabout onto Willow Park Road. Park is straight ahead at end of this road.

Getting there on foot

Via Jamestown Road entrance: Continue straight through the gate and towards the pond. The start/finish line will be straight ahead in north west corner of the park.
Via Belclare Drive entrance: Walk straight through playground and continue to centre of park. Take a left towards the pond - start/finish line is on left hand side.
Via Willow Park Road entrance: Continue straight past the pond - the start/finish line is in front of you.

Getting there by road

From Dublin City Centre via Phibsboro (N2): Follow N2 through Phibsboro and take a right followed by main left at Harts Corner. Continue straight up St. Mobhi Road and onto Ballymun Road. Carry on through Main Street Ballymun and take a left at crossroads before IKEA onto Balbutcher Road. Continue straight ahead taking the second exit at the roundabout. Drive straight ahead on Jamestown Road and the park on your left hand side. Some on-street parking is available plus limited parking in housing estates before and after the Jamestown Road entrance.
From M50: If travelling from the M50 take the Ballymun exit (junction 4). At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit towards Ballymun. Then take the second right (at the crossroads). Continue straight ahead taking the second exit at the roundabout. Drive straight ahead on Jamestown Road and the park on your left hand side.

Post Run Coffee

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