The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Rozelle Park, Ayr. The course is run entirely on trail 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 Ayr 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.
  • A parkrun cani-cross line can be used as long as it is held at the twist throughout the run. This is compulsory due to technical nature of the course.
  • ALL runners, run on left hand side when running with or without a dog.
  • Announce to runners ahead that you are going to overtake if running with your dog.
  • Provide a wide berth around runner as safely as possible.
  • 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 Ayr 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

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Course Description

The course is a trail run of one and half loops. The course starts north of the pavilion, on the track adjacent to the Rugby pitch. After 100 metres on the track, the route enters the trail on the left hand side after a further 30 metres there is a sharp left turn. After 500 metres the course takes a left fork and goes round the pond. The course then returns to the trail and heads south returning on the trails adjacent to the pavilion. The trails skirt round the perimeter of the park before cutting in towards the centre of the park before heading back North and rejoining the trail adjacent to the pavilion to commence the half lap. After returning to the trail adjacent to the pavilion, the course rejoins the track this time at the South of the pavilion and finishes on the track close to the pavilion.


Parking strictly at the main gate car park.
There are a number of different car parking areas within Rozelle. Please make use of the car park on the right near the park entrance (this is surrounded by trees) and the car park at the far end of the park beside the sports pavilion. In order to be respectful of other visitors, who may be accessing the house and gallery, we ask that you do not park in the gravelled area directly outside Rozelle House. If additional parking is needed, please use the overflow car park opposite the gallery entrance and do not park on any of the grass verges.

Toilets: The MacLaurin Galleries, Tearoom and House toilets are all on the ground floor. In addition to the Ladies and Gents toilets, there are two accessible toilets in Rozelle House, one with a Baby-change facility at wheelchair height. Both Ladies and Gents toilets have baby-change facilities. The ground floor accessible toilet requires a RADAR key. If you are not in possession of such a key, one is available from either the staff in the Tearoom or the staff in the Maclaurin Galleries.

Park Attractions: Within Rozelle Estate are Rozelle House, The Maclaurin Galleries, the gallery gift shop and a tearoom. Rozelle House is an ‘A’ listed building. An elevator and disabled toilet facilities have been installed. All public areas over three floors are now wheelchair accessible. However, some fire-doors may require assistance to open and pass through (although this is hoped to be improved). The tearoom is at the rear of Rozelle House and is open from 9.30am. The tearoom has a patio area with seating as well as tables inside.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts north of the pavilion, on the track adjacent to the Rugby pitch.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Rozelle is well served by regular buses, with bus stops in both directions at the park entrance on Monument Road. Bus stop 619081 when travelling towards Ayr and bus stop 619080 when travelling from Ayr to Rozelle. These stops are served by the 361 Ayr-Dunure bus service. For further information see the Stagecoach Bus website.

Train: Ayr is accessible by Train starting from Stranraer, Carlisle, Glasgow, Girvan, Kilmarnock and many more. Rozelle is within walking distance of the train station and there are taxis and buses available to continue your journey to Rozelle. For further information see the ScotRail website.

Getting there on foot

Rozelle is about a 30 minute brisk walk from Ayr Train Station and town centre. Leave Ayr Railway Station and cross into Burns Statue Square, walk past the Odeon cinema to Killock Place. Then turn left along Killock Place into Beresford Terrace and walk South past Grammar Primary School, the school should be on your right hand side at this point. Continue walking until you see St Leonard’s Church, continue on Carrick Road, with the church on your left as you pass. Carrick Road later becomes Monument Road and Rozelle Park is on your left off Monument Road.
From the entrance to Rozelle follow the road through the park and the parkrun starting point is on your right after passing the house and gallery.

Getting there by road

Rozelle Estate is situated on Monument Road (B7024) which links Ayr and Alloway. The park is clearly signed from this road. If using sat nav, the postcode of the estate is KA7 4NQ.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Rozelle Tearoom, Rozelle Park, Ayr, KA7 4NQ - please come and join us!