The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is on Cramond/Silverknowes Promenade and run entirely on tarmac footpath. 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 Edinburgh 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:
We hope these tips help to ensure that Edinburgh 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 page.
From the start line (0.5km east from Cramond Village), you will follow the promenade for a period of roughly 2.5 km; you will have the Firth of Forth to your left. Look out for landmarks such as Birnie Rocks and Ronald Rae's eight tonne Fish Sculpture which can be seen standing proud on the beach.
Shortly after passing the 2km marker, a marshal will point you in the direction of the new section of promenade which you will follow for a short time. This section of the course was renamed at our third anniversary event in 2012 as "The Fiona Crawford Loop" in memory of our fellow parkrunner. You will then follow the signs and take a right turn onto the first footpath across the park and then turn right again at the end of this footpath to rejoin the old promenade and from there, you will start the straight run back towards the finish line. The tips of both the Forth Road and Rail Bridges will be visible, as will the tall white ship's mast at Cramond Village.
First bus Service 43/X43 will take you to the A90, Queensferry Road, at Whitehouse road, about a 2.5km walk/jog to the start. Head up Whitehouse road to Cramond Glebe road, or turn left at Brae Park Road to head down the Almond River walkway. This will be muddy in wet weather and has two long flights of stairs (one up and one down). Or you could take the Lothian Bus 41. See First Buses website for more information.
The Edinburgh Promenade extends east from Cramond to West Shore Road in Granton. Be careful of the rough surface and broken glass on the eastern end of the promenade. The surface quickly smoothes and clears before you reach the run course. See Open Cycle Map for more cycle routes
From the City Centre, follow the A90 (signed to the Forth Road Bridge) then turn right into Quality Street (B9085, signed to Davidson’s Mains). Continue straight onto Cramond Road South. Follow Cramond Road South to the left, where it becomes Cramond Road North, and then turn right to stay on Cramond Road North. Continue on Cramond Road North until it becomes Cramond Glebe Road and continue to the car park at Cramond Village.
From the west, follow the A90 and turn left into Whitehouse Road. Follow Whitehouse road, and then turn left into Cramond Glebe Road and continue to the public car park.
Limited free parking is available in the Council car park on Cramond Glebe Road; this is behind the Cramond Inn. Please do not use their car park as this is for patrons only. Further parking is also available on Marine Drive (above the Tearoom), this is an approximately 10 minute walk to the start line. All parking is free. Please exercise common sense whilst parking.