The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Lytham Hall, Lytham. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, gravel paths, woodland trails and grass. 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 Lytham Hall 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 Lytham Hall 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 the Running For Fitness website.

Course Map

Course Description

A 2 (and a bit) lap course on a mixture of trail paths and drive, covering the grounds of Lytham Hall including 2 ponds.

The start is in front of the Hall and the finish is behind it, by the tea rooms. In some spring / summer months, nesting herons at the Lily pond will mean a course variation with the start moving back to Curtains pond, behind the Hall.

Facilities

Toilet facilities are available at the Hall, close to the tea rooms. Car parking (£1 charge).

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the drive beside the hall.

Getting there by public transport

Lytham Hall is conveniently located a short walk from Lytham town centre and less than a 5 minute walk from Lytham railway station. The buses which go to Lytham Square are the 7 and11 (www.blackpooltransport.com), 68 (www.stagecoachbus.com) and 76 and 78 (www.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/?siteid=4404&pageid=25133)

Train
Depart the train station and turn left onto the railway bridge on Ballam Rd. Walk down the hill and cross over the mini roundabout on South Park. The entrance to Lytham Hall is directly in front of you.

Bus
From Lytham town centre, turn down the side of Stringers department store onto Park Street. Continue over the railway bridge and cross over the mini roundabout on South Park and Lytham Hall is directly in front of you.

Getting there on foot

From the 'piazza' in the centre of Lytham, walk down Park Street (Stringers Dept. Store on left-hand corner). Proceed over railway bridge. SERCO office buildings are to the right and directly opposite, just after a road called South Park and over the mini roundabout, is the Main Entrance to Lytham Hall. Walk along the drive until you reach the Hall, where the run starts and finishes.

Getting there by road

Lytham Hall can be found using sat nav with the postcode FY8 4TQ.

If runners wish to leave immediately after finishing or before the last runner has finished, it is advised that they park outside the hall grounds. The car park within the grounds will be available, at a charge of £1, but runners will not then be able to move their vehicle until the final finisher crosses the line.

Alternatively, parking is available in a free car park on Ballam Rd, opposite the main hall entrance, which is owned by SERCO. This means walking just over 1k to reach the start of the run. Parking is also available in neighbouring streets, but please show consideration for residents.

Directions to Lytham Hall from M55
Leave the M55 at Junction 4 (uphill). At the roundabout turn left onto A583 towards Kirkham and Preston but stay in the right hand lane. Stay on the A583 at the next roundabout and keep in right hand lane to the traffic lights, signposted to Ballam. At the lights bear right diagonally onto Peel Road. Follow this country lane until it meets a T-junction. Turn right onto Ballam Road. Continue on this road until you enter a 30 mph zone (Green Drive Golf Club entrance on your left). Bear right at road fork. Large office complex will appear on left, SERCO.

Directions from South via Lytham Town Centre
If approaching from the south end of Lytham take right fork into Warton Street and continue straight along into Clifton Street. On reaching the 'piazza' on the left, turn right into Park Street (Stringers Dept. Store on left-hand corner). Proceed over railway bridge. SERCO office buildings are to the right and directly opposite, just after a road called South Park and over the mini roundabout, is the Main Entrance to Lytham Hall.

Directions from St Annes
Proceed along Clifton Drive until Lowther Gardens, Lytham. Turn left then right onto main road into Lytham centre. Proceed until 'piazza' area appears on right and directly opposite turn left into Park Street. Proceed over railway bridge. SERCO office buildings are to the right and directly opposite, just after a road called South Park and over the mini roundabout, is the Main Entrance to Lytham Hall.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Lytham Hall Tea Rooms - please come and join us!