The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Tolka Valley park, Finglas South, Dublin 11. The course is run entirely on tarmacadam 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 Tolka Valley 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.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or 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 also 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.
  • 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Tolka Valley 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

The course consists of three loops run anticlockwise. The first loop is approx. 3km and the 2nd and 3rd loops are approx. 1km each. The surface is tarmacadam throughout and the route is broadly flat with some minor inclines / declines.


There are no public toilets or café facilities in Tolka Valley park. There is a small playground near the parkrun finish area and the south-eastern side of the park includes a Par-3 golf course; neither of these facilities are supporting or obstructing the parkrun event.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts in Tolka Valley park.

Getting there by public transport

Tolka Valley Park is accessible via two Dublin Bus routes:
Route 40 - Charlestown SC <-> Liffey Valley SC
Route 220 - Shangan Road <-> FAS Centre Roundabout

The nearest bus stop is Stop #1610 - “Finglas South Tolka Valley Park. The 40 and 220 East-bound routes service this stop.
Tolka Valley parkrun Start location is approximately 10 minutes walk from Broombridge Train and LUAS Stations.

More information and timetables are available at

Getting there on foot

If coming via Dublin Bus, the nearest Bus stop is Stop # 1610 which is approximately 500m from the Start area. If utilizing this bus stop, disembark and follow Tolka Valley Road (R102) West for 500m.

Getting there by road

GPS Co-ordinates: The start area is in proximity to GPS location 53.378343, -6.302693

From the M50: Exit the M50 at Junction 5 (Finglas) heading city-bound. Continue on the N2 city-bound for approx. 3km,then turn right onto Tolka Valley Road (R102). The start area will be approx. 1km along Tolka Valley road on your left, within the grounds of the park

From the City Centre: Follow the R108 out of the City Centre as far as Phibsborough, keeping left onto the R135 (Finglas Road) and following signs for N2 / Finglas / Ashbourne / Derry. Continue on the R135 (Finglas Road) until you see Glasnevin Cemetery on your right; just after the cemetery, take the left hand turn onto Tolka Valley road (R102). The start area will be approx. 1km along Tolka Valley road on your left, within the grounds of the park

There are no car parks available within Tolka Valley park. There is ample street parking available along Tolka Valley Road which borders the North side of the park. Additional street parking is available on Ballyboggan road which borders the South side of the park. PLEASE BE AWARE OF STREET CRIME AND LEAVE NO VALUABLE VISIBLE IN YOUR CAR. The parkrun start area is accessible via numerous walking paths throughout the park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Appatizer's Bistro on Pelletown ave, in Royal Canal Park - please come and join us!