This is a fundraiser for the Swords Community First Responders, taking place in Malahide Castle on December 11th, with both 5k & 10k starting at 10:30am.

Festive attire is encouraged, and there will be a goodie bag for all finishers which will include a Bottle of water, Fyffes banana, piece of fruit and packet of Keoghs crisps, along with a silver medal.


Winning children (boy and girl) in 5k gets family pass to Malahide Castle and Gardens

Thanks to Fyffes Ireland for sponsoring the bananas at the finish.
And also to our sponsors: MFCU (Members First Credit Union), ASL Airlines and Holywell and Applewood Community Centres.


Registration online or from 9:30am at the start area (route as per Malahide parkrun: Please note that parking is available in THE OVERFLOW for the main car park only.

Please respect the park and local businesses on site, and leave them as you find them.

Detailed Instructions Below:

Swords CFR Santa 5k and 10k Run 2016

5k Run is one circuit and the 10k is 2 circuits.

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Malahide Castle grounds, Dublin and run on a mixture of tarmac paths and gravel/dirt paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Course Description

The meeting place and finish are at the top of the pedestrian avenue beside the bridge field. After the briefing, we walk over to the start, which is beside the tennis courts. The course goes clockwise around the golf course doing one complete lap. After another half lap of the golf course, it turns left onto the larger lap. This goes through the trees and after crossing a pedestrian path from the Swords road entrance, turns right onto a gravel path through more trees. At the furthest point out on the course, it turns right onto a long section through the woods and follows the perimeter path back towards the golf course and the tennis courts. After heading up the slight incline from the start (for the third time), the course turns left to get to the finish for the 5K and will repeat the course for the 10k race.



  • Parking: Free parking is available in the overflow car park to the rear of the main carpark (adjacent to the playground)
  • Toilets: Toilets are available next to the Back Road car park.

Getting There

Location of start

The start is beside the tennis courts.

Getting there by public transport


Take the DART train to Malahide station. Leave station by main entrance and go right. The (bridge-field) entrance to the park is about 200 metres on left. Walk straight up to the top of this path (about 400 metres).


Take 42 bus to Malahide (St. Sylvester’s church. stop number 3585). Walk back direction bus came a short distance to find pedestrian entrance to park. Walk up path inside park.

Getting there on foot

From Malahide village make your way to the DART station and follow instructions above.

Getting there by road

From Dublin city centre: Take R107 and turn right onto Back Road.

From Swords: Take R106 and turn right onto R107 then left on to Back Road.

Main vehicle entrance to the castle is approx 500 metres up Back Road, continue to the top of the road facing the Castle and park in the overflow carpark only, adjacent to the playground. It’s about a 300 metre walk from this carpark to the start. Follow the path out of the carpark towards the playground, past the playground the path veers left. Continue for 100 meters to meet the start line. Close to delivery entrance of Avoca.