The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Palace Demesne Public Park, Armagh. The course is run on a mixture of natural woodland, 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.

Course Safety

The Armagh 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.
  • 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.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to human’s through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Armagh 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 the Running For Fitness website.

Course Map


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Course Description

An undulating, picturesque two lap course which starts on tarmac and moves to trail paths through woods. Runners then go back onto tarmac through to natural woodland, back onto trail paths up a wee hill to the start / finish point.

Facilities

Getting There

Location of start

The run start/finish area is located next to the play park entrance on the tarmac path.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Armagh is well served with bus routes. Armagh's main bus station is a mere 10 minute walk to Palace Demesne Public Park along the A3 Friary Rd.

Getting there on foot

Enter the park and keep walking up the drive. When you get to the end of the main drive the start / finish is on the driveway adjacent to the car parks and play area.

Getting there by road

Due to its central location, Armagh can be easily reached using the roadwork network.

Newry & Mourne: Head south on Downshire Rd/A28, at roundabout take the 2nd exit onto New St/A27. Take 2nd exit onto Fairlawns Way/A28 for 22mins, turn left onto Friary Rd/A3, 18.5miles for 26 mins.

Monaghan: From Coolshannagh Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Old Armagh Road/N12, continue onto Monaghan Rd/A3, left onto Irish St/A3, turn left onto A3, turn left onto Friary Rd, 28.4km for 28mins.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Moody Boar restaurant is on site within the stables courtyard offering fresh homemade food - please come and join us!