The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. It's run in Saltwell Park, Gateshead and run entirely on tarmac 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 Gateshead 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 Gateshead 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

Starting by the South Pavilion shelter at the top of the Northern Field, runners travel in a northerly direction passing the Almond Pavilion on the right and following the path around the Northern Field to complete one anti-clockwise lap, bringing them back to the shelter where they continue straight ahead. Keeping right on reaching the Enfield Road gate entrance runners follow the path downhill past the dog walking enclosure, around the western side of the lake, through the bowling green, turning left on exiting the bowling green. Keeping left, the path is followed back to the Enfield Road entrance where runners double back to complete a further two laps of this circuit. On reaching the Enfield Road gate entrance for the third time, runners continue ahead, veering right to take them back to the start/finish line at the South Pavilion shelter. Public park toilets are available for parkrunners to use. They are situated at the south western corner of the northern field, directly behind the children's play area. The toilets are approximately a two minute walk, exiting and turning sharp left, from the start line. Please note that runners should not relieve themselves in the park shrubbery as this will jeopardise our use of the park.

Facilities

Getting There

Location of start

Start at the South Pavilion shelter.

Getting there by public transport

Bus:
  • The Number 53 bus leaves from Gateshead Interchange stopping on Brinkburn Avenue which leads directly to Saltwell Park.
  • The Number 54 bus leaves from Gateshead Interchange stopping on Saltwell View which runs along the Parkâ?™s northern boundary. The Number 54 bus returns from the Park to Gateshead Interchange. The bus service is operated by Go North East.

Getting there on foot

The park can be accessed by pedestrians or bike only from East Park Road, West Park Road, Saltwell Road South, Saltwell View and Joicey Road.

Getting there by road

Saltwell Park is located directly behind and is signposted from the A167. The car and coach park is accessed from Durham Road (A167) via Joicey Road. For those using navigation devices, the postal code is NE9 5AX

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Saltwell Towers Cafe behind petsâ?™ corner - please come and join us.