About Us

River Valley parkrun is a FREE weekly 5km event for participants of all standards, which takes place every Saturday at 9:30am in River Valley Park, River Valley Rd, Swords, Co. Dublin. It is not a race against other runners, but a 5k timed run and it can really be whatever you want it to be, whether that's for fun or as part of a training plan.

It offers an opportunity for all the local community, regardless of age or gender, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy this beautiful park and get physically active into the bargain. We want to encourage people to run, jog or walk together irrespective of their ability – this event is truly open to all and best of all it really is FREE!

Taking part is easy – just register before your first ever parkrun. The great thing is that you only ever need to do this once! Then just set your alarm for Saturday morning and get yourself there!

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in River Valley Community Centre - please come and join us! Maybe swap stories about your run that day, chat to other parkrunners over a cup of tea or coffee and just be an important part of this new community.

So whether you are a complete novice looking to get yourself started on your own "running journey" or a seasoned athlete wanting to use this as a part of your training schedule, you’re welcome to come along and join us.

  • Healthy Ireland: Healthy Ireland is the national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Ireland. Its main focus is on prevention and keeping people healthier for longer. Healthy Ireland’s goals are to: Increase the proportion of people who are healthy at all stages of life; Reduce health inequalities; Protect the public from threats to health and wellbeing; Create an environment where every individual and sector of society can play their part in achieving a healthy Ireland.

  • HSE: The evidence base for promoting an active lifestyle for well-being is well documented. Mass participation & community events are being heralded for their potential to get people started and help those who have committed to the change to stay moving. Through the HSE’s Get Ireland Active initiative we are a proud supporter of parkrun and firmly believe that such an event will serve as a fantastic enhancement to the community of Swords.

  • Fingal County Council: Fingal County Council's Vision is: “Fingal ? the most active, innovative, dynamic sporting community in Ireland”. Our Mission is to support sport in Fingal by: “Increasing opportunities to participate in sport; delivering excellent innovative programmes; providing training, leading and raising the profile of sport in the County”. Fingal County Council is happy to support parkrun in its designated parks.

    Your donation could be used for the anniversary event, the annual prize giving, replacing worn equipment or for improving your parkrun. parkrun is completely open about all donations. All donations to this event (and withdrawals that the event teams makes) will be published below. You can also view all donations in this country here

    parkrun Ireland is a not-for-profit organisation.


    Donation DateNameRecipientDonationContribution to EventContribution to New Event FundNote
    2022-07-25Jennifer LawlorRiver Valley€10.00€10.00€0.00
    2022-07-24Imelda KavanaghRiver Valley€100.00€100.00€0.00
    2022-07-24Noreen DowlingRiver Valley€10.00€10.00€0.00
    2022-07-24David McCarthyRiver Valley€5.00€5.00€0.00
    2022-07-23Stephen ElderRiver Valley€50.00€50.00€0.00
    2022-07-23Cecile OllagnierRiver Valley€10.00€10.00€0.00
    2022-07-23Darragh ButlerRiver Valley€40.00€40.00€0.00Sidegators  Darragh
    2022-07-23fiona murphyRiver Valley€20.00€20.00€0.00
    2022-07-23George ScullyRiver Valley€10.00€10.00€0.00
    2022-07-23letitia smailsRiver Valley€20.00€20.00€0.00
    2022-07-23MARION TUCKERRiver Valley€10.00€10.00€0.00
    2019-12-09Imelda KavanaghRiver Valley€50.00€50.00€0.00
    2019-12-05DCMRiver Valley€45.00€45.00€0.00Donation to event
    2019-08-02Mini Marathon VolunteersRiver Valley€90.00€90.00€0.00Donation to event
    2019-06-11imelda kavanaghRiver Valley€30.00€30.00€0.00
    2018-11-29Dublin Marathon volunteersRiver Valley€65.00€65.00€0.00Donation to event
    2018-10-09BeActiveRiver Valley€30.00€30.00€0.00European Week of Sport donation
    2018-03-26imelda kavanaghRiver Valley€20.00€20.00€0.00
    2018-01-17Andrew Mc AllisterRiver Valley€79.00€79.00€0.00
    2018-01-11Dublin Airport AuthorityRiver Valley€320.00€320.00€0.00In support of River valley
    2017-12-22imelda kavanaghRiver Valley€20.00€20.00€0.00
    2017-12-03Dublin Marathon 2017River Valley€175.00€175.00€0.00Bag Drop


    Withdrawal DateEventAmountNote
    2018-01-18River Valley€594.00Purchase gazebo
    2019-10-08River Valley€78.33tea / Coffee & first aid
    2021-10-04River Valley€147.60AED battery and pads
    2022-08-30River Valley€38.49Lock box for key