The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The start line is on the athletics track to the rear of the Graham Sports Centre. . 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 Durham 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Durham 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 course begins at the 300m finish line on the athletics track to the rear of The Graham Sports Centre. After completing one part and one full lap of the track, follow the cones to the rear of the tennis courts. Go around the sign/marshal and take the riverside path. Follow this until you cross the wooden bridge onto the football fields and go clockwise around the whole of the football and rugby pitches keeping to the outside. On arriving back at the wooden bridge follow the riverside path until just before the old railway bridge arch. Bear right up and over the arch and drop down to the other side, turn left and come back through the arch. Bear right on all paths and return by the path until you get to the bridge. At the bridge follow the first part of the course home. When you get back to the track, bear left and head into the finish funnel.


Getting There

Location of start

The start line is on the athletics track to the rear of the Graham Sports Centre

Getting there by public transport

Take buses 55/56/57/X1 from Durham Bus station. Ask for Maiden Castle/Houghall.

Getting there on foot

By bike follow National Cycle Route 14 (Signed Sunderland) from Durham City. On foot follow the river footpath as it heads east. Maiden Castle is approx 1 mile from Durham City centre (Elvet Bridge)

Getting there by road

From A1 (M): Leave the A1 at the A177, Bowburn and Peterlee Junction. Take the exit signposted Bowburn from the roundabout. Continue on this road for approximately 3 miles. At this stage you will see the Rose Tree Pub on your left. Go over the bridge and on the right hand side you will see the Sports Centre playing Fields.

From Durham City Centre follow New Elvet south until you reach the traffic lights just after the shops at Hallgarth Street. Filter left along Hallgarth Street until you reach the A177 roundabout. Take the first left and follow this for approx 200m. The Graham Sports centre is on your left just after the traffic lights for the pedestrian crossing.

Post Run Coffee

Please join us for a post run coffee at The Graham Sports Centre Cafe.