The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at The Esplanade, Greenock. The course is run entirely on paved 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 Greenock 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 Greenock 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

This is a flat out-and-back course along Greenock Esplanade with a loop in the middle with stunning sea views.
Starting at the Campbell Street end of the Esplanade the course heads west along almost the whole length of the Esplanade and turns back east just before the Boat Club. After the turn and with the sea to the left the course then heads back towards the start but turns again at Madeira Street which is marked by a large yellow beacon pole. Just before the Boat Club the course takes a final turn for a straight finish back to near the start.

Facilities

There is ample free street parking along the length of the Esplanade and surrounding streets.
The public toilets on Campbell Street open at 8.30am.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the Campbell Street end of the Esplanade.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: There are no bus stops on the Esplanade itself, however there are regular buses (numbers 901, 907, 547) running from both Greenock and Gourock town centres along Eldon Street which runs parallel to the Esplanade. For bus times please see the McGill's website.

Train: The train station closest to the parkrun is Greenock West (on the Glasgow to Gourock line, see the ScotRail website for times). Greenock West is approx 1 mile from the start point.

Getting there on foot

The Esplanade is a 10-15 minute walk from Greenock town centre.
From Greenock West exit the station and turn right then right again at the corner. Continue to walk through the West Station on Newton Street, crossing at the traffic lights and turning right on to Nelson Street. At the end of the street turn left onto Union Street. Walk along here until you come to Campbell Street. Take a right turn and walk to the start line at the start of the Esplanade.
The closest bus stop to the start is on Brougham Street between Campbell Street and Forsyth Street coming from both Greenock and Gourock. Get off the bus at this stop (crossing the street if coming from Greenock) and turn left onto Campbell Street. Walk down here and the start line is at the start of the Esplanade.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is PA16 7XH.
If coming from the M8, you should follow signs for Gourock travelling through Greenock Town Centre, going straight through all roundabouts. Once you have passed Tesco, the Esplanade is a right turn at the 3rd set of traffic lights onto Campbell Street from Brougham Street.
If coming from Gourock, the Esplanade is a left turn at Campbell Street travelling along Eldon Street then Brougham Street.
Free street parking is available along the length of the Esplanade.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The James Watt, 80?92 Cathcart Street, Greenock, Inverclyde, PA15 1DD - please come and join us!