The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at the RSPB Nature Reserve, Conwy. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and gravel 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 Conwy 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 Conwy 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

The parkrun follows a simple out-and-back route along the banks of the river Conwy, with a short diversion towards Conwy castle on the outward section of the run. It is mostly flat, only climbing when it crosses the railway line over a pedestrian bridge. The path used for the parkrun is quite wide on the whole and is gravel/tarmac throughout. There is, however, a narrow section with restricted visibility as you cross the railway bridge so please be aware of other path users at that point.
Please keep to the left of the path at all times, especially when meeting fellow parkrunners heading in the other direction.
The course starts and finishes next to the small car park at the bottom of the hill outside the RSPB Conwy nature reserve. It runs from the reserve in the direction of Deganwy along the riverside footpath. After 600 metres or so the path passes over the pedestrian railway bridge and then dips under the main road between Llandudno Junction and Conwy through an underpass. After the underpass it bears left and heads towards Conwy castle on the higher of the two paths that can be seen. Just before crossing the bridge over the river to the castle the course turns right and immediately right again to follow the lower path to return to the riverside path. It bears left at the end and follows the riverside path once again towards Deganwy. Eventually it reaches the turnaround point, where a marshal stands to direct everyone to return to the RSPB and the finish. Please note that the castle diversion does not happen on the way back; the course runs directly from the turnaround point to the finish by the shortest route.

The route is pushchair and wheelchair friendly, although it may be a bit bumpy on the gravel sections! Pushchairs, if possible please start at the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.
We have a special starting area for runners with dogs on the side of the path away from the river. We request that everyone with a four-legged friend starts in this area. Also, please note that due to the out-and-back nature of our course we do not permit the use of extendible leads or fixed leads greater than a metre in length.

Facilities

  • Car park: Free parking for about 200 cars.
    Please follow any instructions given to you by the car park marshals and try to park together as tightly as you can. Make sure you arrive early to avoid disappointment. Once the car park fills up you will be directed to find alternative parking and the nearest alternative is almost half a mile away.
    Please do not park in the small car park at the bottom of the hill at the entrance to the RSPB. These spaces are reserved. Also, please do not park on the hill itself. Doing so will cause a great deal of congestion when the run is over and everyone is trying to go home.
    Cycle racks are available and all runners are encouraged to use this option.
  • Waterside Coffee Shop: We will be processing the results in the coffee shop after the event so you can pop in and reward yourself with a drink/snack whilst you have a sneaky peek at how you did in advance of your results email! Please support the RSPB coffee shop. They are opening up half an hour early especially for us!
  • Toilets: Located within the Waterside Coffee Shop building, but with no access via the Coffee Shop itself. The toilet entrances are on the rear side of the building.
    There is a disabled toilet available inside the Waterside Coffee shop.
  • Pre-run warm-up: If you wish to do a warm-up, please do it on the parkrun course and not in the RSPB reserve. Any use of the reserve other than the car park and café is subject to an entrance fee.
  • RSPB Visitor centre: You could include a family visit after your run.
  • Baby-changing facilities
  • Picnic area

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts and finishes by the small parking area of the RSPB nature reserve.

Getting there by public transport

Train: The nearest train station is Llandudno Junction, less than a mile from the RSPB reserve. The quickest route to Conwy parkrun is to turn left out of the station and take the first left down Ferndale Road. Follow the footpath to the right and turn left over the road bridge (Ffordd 6G). The road goes past Tesco and a cinema complex to the large A55 roundabout. The RSPB reserve is on the south side of the roundabout and is signposted. A map to the reserve is on posters at Llandudno Junction railway station.

Bus: The nearest bus stop is the number 27 at Tesco, follow directions as above. Many other buses stop nearby in Llandudno Junction (number 5, 9, 14, 15, 19 and 84), directions are as from the train station.

Getting there on foot

See direction from train station above if approaching from Llandudno Junction.

If coming from Conwy, cross the road bridge by the castle, drop down onto the bottom footpath and go through the underpass and over the railway bridge. Follow the path along the river to the start.

Getting there by road

From the A55 take junction 18 (signposted Conwy and Deganwy) and follow the brown RSPB signs. The reserve is on the south side of the roundabout.

From Conwy, Deganwy and Llandudno take the A546/A547 to the Weekly News roundabout, drive south past Tesco and the Cinema complex (Ffordd 6G) and cross the roundabout over the A55. The entrance to the RSPB reserve is on the south side.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Waterside Coffee Shop - please come and join us!