The course is 5000m (5K) long. It's run in Leverhulme Park, Bolton on good quality paths and running track with a short off road section. 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.
The Bolton 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 Bolton parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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
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The course is a mix of running track, tarmac and firm, level trail paths. Normal road shoes are typically recommended.
Starting on the running track, complete one full lap of the running track in a clockwise direction. Runners then exit the track near the football pitches, through a small grass chicane. Here they turn left then immediately right onto a tarmac path for 20 metres, before veering left onto a firm trail path. The path twists left and downhill, bringing runners out to the bottom of Cinder Hill.
Here runners take on the "loop". This entails running along the flats on a firm trail path, before reaching a small section of woodland, where you turn left up some large steps. Follow the tarmac road up the hill and turn left at the park playground, running towards the running track. Upon reaching the Powerleague access road, runners take a left and run down Cinder Hill (a potholed, old tarmac path, which slowly becomes a firm trail path), reaching the point where they popped out from behind the football pitches. Runners must complete the loop a second time.
After completing the loop for a second time, when reaching the bottom of Cinder Hill, runners turn right and head back up the path towards the football pitches. At the top of the small incline, runners turn left along a tarmac path to the "out and back" - turning back on themselves upon reaching a gate with some cones. Runners head back on the same tarmac path towards the running track, entering the small grass chicane, turning left then immediately right, onto the track in an anti-clockwise direction. Complete a quarter length of the track to finish.
There are plenty of parking spaces available at Leverhulme Park Community Leisure Centre (beside the running track). The car park is accessed off Long Lane, follow the brown tourist signs for Leverhulme Park. Parking is free at all times.
Location of start
The runs starts at Leverhulme Park running track, Leverhulme Park, Long Lane, Bolton, BL2 6EX.
Getting there by public transport
The 95 bus passes Leverhulme Park on Long Lane. You can also take the 471, 510, 561, 562 which run between Bolton and Bury and passes Long Lane (you must get off on Bury and Bolton Road and walk down to the park). Please check with GMPTE for the latest travel information and an interactive journey planner.
The nearest rail station to Leverhulme Park is Bolton which is a 1.5 mile walk away.
Getting there on foot
There are multiple access points to the park, much of which is surrounded by easily accessible fields. The easiest is the main entrance where the Leverhulme Park centre is, off Long Lane. Alternative entrance points can be found at the junction of Radcliffe Road and Woodside Place, or at the junction of Blenheim Road and Bury Road.
Getting there by road
Leverhulme Park is situated off Long Lane. This can be accessed off the A58 Bury and Bolton Road and also the B6209 Radcliffe Road. Follow the brown tourist signs for Leverhulme Park. Postcode for sat navs is BL2 6EX.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the event. Most weeks we provide free tea and coffee for post run drinks (and on good days, maybe even some biscuits!). Please hang around after the run to recover, meet your fellow runners, or ask your event organisers any questions you might have - please come and join us.