The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Shroggs Park, Halifax. 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 Halifax 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 Halifax 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

This is a 3.5 lap undulating course in Shroggs Park, Halifax on a mixture of mainly tarmac paths and a section of trail path . The course is within the 10 hectares of Shroggs Park which comprises of ornamental structures, floral displays, sports field, bowling greens, playground and skate park. The route offers views of the surrounding hills and heritage of this area.

Starting adjacent to an ornamental gothic drinking fountain the course heads anti-clockwise on the wide tarmac perimeter path to the west and south west of the park where there are oak scrubland slopes to the right hand side of the path and fabulous views of the surrounding area. With the sports playing fields on your left the path changes to a trail path with compacted rocky and wood chipped sections. The trail section then leads back onto a tarmac path which loops past St Georges Church and the main entrance to the park on Lee Mount Road , and sweeps upwards to the left and heads up past the playground and monument and back towards the gothic drinking fountain. At this point a right hand turn takes you around the fountain and down a wide tree lined avenue featuring rocky outcrops for a short ‘out and back’ section before returning back towards the start to complete a lap. This is repeated three times and on the final half lap the finish is on the left hand side past the playground and just before the monument.

Facilities

  • Children’s play area
  • Playing fields
  • Skate park

Getting There

Location of start

The runs starts adjacent to the gothic drinking fountain.

Getting there by public transport

The 510 service leaves King Edward St in Halifax and travels up Shroggs Rd. Please see the attached First Group leaflet for more information.

Getting there on foot

Shroggs Park is approximately 30 minutes walking distance from Halifax Town centre via Ovenden Rd: heading west on Wade St toward Northgate, turn right onto Northgate, turn right to stay on Northgate, turn left onto Cross Hills, continue onto Dean Clough, continue onto Lee Bridge, turn right toward Shroggs Rd, turn right onto Shroggs Rd, turn left onto Ovenden Rd/A629, slight left toward Melbourne St, turn left toward Melbourne St, turn left onto Melbourne St, turn right onto E Park Rd, turn left onto Melrose St, turn right onto Lee Mount Rd.
The park can be accessed on foot from Lee Mount Road where there are 2 entrances, St George’s Rd via a steep cobbled path and Wheatley Lane by the entrance barrier to the park.

Getting there by road

Use Sat Nav location HX3 5BX
From Halifax town centre head up the A629 Ovenden Rd, turn left into Wheatley Lane then left into Lee Mount Road where parking is roadside around the park perimeter, please park considerately as this is a residential area.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!