The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Cuerden Valley Park, Preston. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, gravel paths and off road. 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 Cuerden Valley 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 for further details.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Cuerden Valley 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

Walk from car park past building on left & through five barred gate. Start will be a little further along this path.
Run down into Cuerden Valley park but turning left before river, up tarmac path to entrance of Cock Cabin wood, follow path out of wood onto main path within a few yards turn left into small wood (name not known). Follow path until it meets another path-turn left, this take you over the river. Continue on this path bearing left & up to large duck pond (ignore the steps on left). Turn right up into Black Banks wood follow path to bottom of hill & turn right. Run along the river until you reach the bridge again, cross river & take second turning on right & back up to Cock Cabin wood. Repeat this route until you get to bottom of hill in Black Banks wood, turn right, as you come out of trees on this path turn left over a wooden bridge & into wood, run straight up here you will finish just outside walled garden passing the sun dial.


Note a £1.10 charge for car parking facilities is needed.

Getting There

Location of start

From the main car park in Cuerden Valley Park walk past further parking to your left and proceed down a slight incline. Cross through an opened five bar gate and continue a further 200 car park. The parkrun start location will be signposted from the first main car park.

Getting there by public transport

Using one of three bus companies you can travel to Cuerden Valley park using the following companies and bus numbers as follows;
  • Preston bus ltd numbers 112/114
  • John Fishwick buses number 117
  • Stagecoach bus number 125
All buses are available from Preston Central Bus Station, Tithebarn Street, Preston, PR1 1YT. 01772 821199

Getting there on foot

The park is a short walk from Sainsbury's supermarket and Seven Rings Business park.

Getting there by road

The A6 Bamber Bridge and the M6 (Lancaster and Birmingham) are the main road links to Cuerden Valley Park. From the A6 turn right onto Wigan Road, passing x 2 car parks and follow directions to Sue ryder Trust. Turn 2nd left onto Berkeley Drive and continue over a speed hump and the 'Barn' is to your left. Continue on the main path bearing right to the first car park to your left.

Note a £1.10 charge for car parking facilities is needed.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Barn near to the main entrance of the park - please come and join us!