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The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in St Anne's Park, Raheny. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and grass. 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.
The St Annes 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 St Annes parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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 DescriptionA fast, flat, tree-lined course through the park's extensive series of tarmac paths. Runners are to meet at the centre of the park, where the finish line is located. The course, which follows an anti-clockwise direction, starts next to the model car racing circuit approx. 200m from the centre of the park. The route follows the path north, taking a left turn at the north end of the park, continuing westwards, before turning left around the perimeter of the golf course, heading south, then taking the next right around the tennis courts. The route continues westwards along the path, taking the next left going southwards,continuing onwards to meet the main avenue through the park, where it turns left again and proceeds eastwards along the main avenue. The course takes a left at the centre of the park, continuing over the footbridge before taking a final left turn back towards the model car circuit to conclude the first lap. Second lap follows the same circuit, but finishes in the centre of the park (prior to the left turn at centre of park).
The meeting place and finish will be in the centre of the park, at the meeting point of all the main pathways running through the park.
Olive's Room and the Red Stables market are located adjacent to the main car park and are close to the start/finish. Olive's Room provide hot/cold beverages, cakes, salads, sandwiches and soup. A market also takes place on site every Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Why not join us in the cafe post event and meet the team.
Location of startSt. Anne's parkrun meeting point and finish area is located at the centre of St. Anne's Park, at the eastern end of the main avenue.
The start line is 200m north from the centre point, adjacent to the model car racing circuit.
Getting there by public transport
Getting there by Dublin Bus: Take the 130 bus from Lower Abbey St. towards Castle Avenue: Stop #1750 on Mt. Prospect Ave. opposite Red Stables is a 5 minute walk through the park to the start line; or take the 29a bus from Lower Abbey St. towards Baldoyle: Stop #651 on All Saints Road is on the north side of the park beside the tennis courts and is less than a 10 minute walk to the start line; or 31/a/b, 32 buses serve Raheny village (c. 15 minute walk from course start in St. Anne's Park).
Getting there by Train: Take the DART to Raheny Station. Exit DART station and turn right, walk straight on along Station Road continuing through the main cross roads, down the hill and on through the village. Turn left at Watermill Road, pass roundabout and park entrance is on right. Follow path through to centre of park (allow 15-20 mins total).
Getting there on foot
Via Red Stables entrance (Mount Prospect Avenue, South side of Park): Enter park and follow path, keeping the carpark and Red Stables (red-brick building) on your right. Follow path towards the main avenue through the park. The meeting area is at the east end of the main avenue through park.
Via Sybil Hill Road entrance (West side of Park): Follow main avenue through the park, travelling east to end of avenue.
Via All Saints Park entrance (North side of Park): Enter park, follow path straight ahead, keeping golf course to the left. Turn left at intersection with central avenue through the park. The meeting area is to the east end of the main avenue.
Via Watermill Road entrance (Northeast side of Park): Enter park near roundabout intersection with All Saints Road. Follow tree-lined path through park, following path to the right, then continuing straight, turning left over footbridge and into centre of park and main avenue.
Getting there by road
From Dublin City Centre via Howth Road (R105): Follow Howth Road through Killester, turn right at All Saints Road. Follow All Saints Road through a series of roundabouts, keeping the park on your right. Car park is on the right at the 5th roundabout, which is adjacent to the All Saints Park entrance.
From Dublin City Centre via Clontarf Road (R807): Follow Clontarf Road out along coast from Fairview, passing wooden bridge to Bull Island. Turn left at traffic lights at Mount Prospect Avenue, follow road for approx 4/500m, Red Stables car park is located on right hand side.
From West: Follow Collins Avenue/ Brookwood Avenue to junction with Howth Road, proceed as per Howth Road instructions above.
From North: Follow Howth Road through Raheny village, turn left at Watermill Road, turn right at roundabout intersection with All Saints Road. Car park is on the left at the 4th roundabout.
Please park responsibly and please respect the local residents car parking in and around the park. There are 3 official car parks in St Anne's Park - one at the Red Stables, one at the sea front, and one large one at the tennis courts. Each of them are a short walk/jog away from the meeting area (finish line) and would serve well as a nice warm up before parkrun. There are also numerous places in the roads directly surrounding the park to park on street, including Sybil Hill Road, All Saints Road, Watermill Road and Mount Prospect Avenue.