The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Armley Park, Leeds. 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.

Course Safety

The Armley 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 lymediseaseuk.com for further details.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Armley 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

Three laps on a mixture of tarmac paths and grass. The start is at the bowling club gate opposite the tennis court. The course is run anti-clockwise, beginning on a straight wide tarmac path, which then curves to the left at the back of the park and runs straight to join the field. Running along the perimeter of the golf course and football pitches, past the playground and wooded area. It then returns to tarmac path towards the front entrance flower beds, past the old water fountain and back to the bowling club. Armley Park is only 2 miles from Leeds city centre, and although it is an inner city park, it's high aspect provides a course with beautiful leafy views across the golf course and the valleys of Kirkstall and Headingley. The course is flat and accessible for all, including prams, and perfect for couch to 5k groups right through to those looking for a PB.

Facilities

Armley Bowling Club is situated at the start line and has toilets, disabled access and disabled toilet.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the bowling club gate opposite the tennis court.

Getting there by public transport

If travelling from Leeds city centre there are regular buses which stop outside the park including the No.72 and the No. 14. The X6 and X11 also stop nearby.

Getting there on foot

If walking from the city centre, the canal path runs directly from behind the train station, virtually straight to the park. Look for signs at the station pointing to the access to the canal and walk west for approximately 2 miles. Come off the canal at Canal Bridge on Canal Road. Walk past Armley Mills car park (on your right) and take the first right onto Armley Park Road. Walk to the top of the street where the entrance to Armley Park will be visible. Keep walking straight up the hill to enter the main park. On your left the course start and finish areas will be visible.

Getting there by road

If travelling from the north or south, follow the M1 until it joins the M621. If coming from the east or west on the M62, look for signs to pull onto the M621. Follow the M621, then at Junction 2 take the A643 exit. At Elland Rd Interchange take the 3rd exit onto A643. At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto A647. Continue straight on until you reach the first set of traffic lights where the road becomes Stanningley Rd/A647. Turn right at this junction onto Ledgard Way and take the 3rd left onto Armley Park Road. Drive to the top of the street to find on road parking next to the rear park entrance. Limited spaces are available in the main entrance car park off Stanningley Rd (please park to the left or the right side to keep the central reservation clear for emergency services). More extensive parking is available on Armley Park Road where there is another entrance to the rear of the park. The satnav postcode for Armley Park Road is LS12 2PG.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Armley Park Bowling Club and Love & Light Cafe - please come and join us!