The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Eglinton Country Park, Irvine. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and trail 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 Eglinton 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.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to human’s through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Eglinton 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 route is a trail mixture of footpaths and tracks, going through the gardens, around the loch, in the woods and along the countryside. It is a single lap figure of eight route with some undulation.
From the start head east along the path towards the river, turning right just before the bridge then following the river on your left until the path forks where we take the right fork.
Follow this path till the T-junction where again we turn right. We then follow this path going through a gate until you come to another gate on your right hand side just before the car park, which we turn right and go through.
Following this path takes us back down to the river where we again turn right heading towards the fork where this time we go straight on over the stone bridge.
Turn left at the crossroads and then left again at the next junction over the bridge. Follow this path to the bottom of the hill and over the bridge on your left then its straight on over the hill towards the start/finish area.

Facilities

  • Toilets: Toilets are found next to the Tournament café.
  • Parking: The carpark is free and near the café.
  • There is a childrens outdoor play area.

Getting There

Location of start

We start in the Clement Wilson Gardens, below the castle ruins which is behind the café and old factory which is currently being redeveloped.

Getting there by public transport

Train: the nearest train stations are Kilwinning and Irvine.


Bus: From Irvine Cross, take the number 11 Ardrossan bus to the Dykehead cottages stop. From there follow the footpath into the park.

From Kilwinning, take the number 11 Kilmarnock bus to the Dykehead cottages stop. From there follow the footpath into the park.

Getting there on foot

From Kilwinning: The Kilwinning gate entrance is 1mile from the centre of Kilwinning and 1.5 miles from Kilwinning railway station. From station go left (eastward) at traffic lights and continue along main road via Kilwinning centre in direction of Irvine (A737). Park entrance is on left on way out of Kilwinning.


From Irvine: The Kilwinning gate entrance is just over 2 miles from the centre of Irvine, travel north along the A737. The park entrance is on the right on the way into Kilwinning.


The start is 1km from the park entrance - along road and over stone bridge and keeping left, continue along road. The start is between the old factory and the Tournament Bridge.

Getting there by road

Eglinton Country Park is well sign posted from all nearby roads: situated between Irvine and Kilwinning. Access is from the A78 Eglinton interchange or from the A737 from Kilwinning

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Tournament Café - please come and join us!