course | Middleton Woods parkrun
 
 

The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Middleton Park, Leeds. The course is run on a mixture of concrete 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 Middleton Woods 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.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • 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 Middleton Woods 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

Two laps on a mixture of path and trail. The start and finish is close the main car park at Middleton Park Bike Hub. The course runs along the newly laid path next to the bike hub and onto the path running alongside the rose garden. Head down the hill, at the bottom turn right on to the path to the band stand, turn right to pass between the band stand and visitors centre, carry on alongside the boating lake, turn right & then bear left to enter the woods, follow this trail up to Nick’s View, circle around the back of the rose garden and back to the downhill section, complete the second lap & this time after the rose garden for the turn left towards the bike hub to arrive at the finish. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.

Facilities

Located at the start and finish of the course is the Bike Hub, complete with toilets and a café. There is also a children's play area and a visitor centre located at the bottom of the course. The Bike Hub will also have bikes available to use after the event as well as various trails able to be explored in the park.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts close the main car park at Middleton Park Bike Hub.

Getting there by public transport

From Leeds City Centre get on the First Leeds Bus Service Number 12. The bus stop for parkrun is on the ring road just after the golf course on the right hand side, from there you need to carry on walking up the Ring Road for roughly 5 minutes until you reach the entrance to Middleton Bike Hub, where the event begins from.

Getting there on foot

Assuming you’re starting from Middleton Circus, follow the Ring Road towards Beeston until after the water tower, and the entrance to the Bike Hub where parkrun is located will be on the right hand side.

Getting there by road

The best postcode for a SAT NAV is LS10 3TN.
From town/city centre: From Leeds station, head south-west on Aire St towards Princes Square, onto Whitehall Road (E). Continue on Spence Lane. At roundabout continue straight onto Domestic St/ A58. Next take the second exit onto Domestic Road/ A58. Take first exit onto Gelderd Road/ A62. Take the second exit to stay on Gelderd Road at the next roundabout. Turn left onto Ring Rd/ A6110. Take the second exit and stay on Ring Rd/ A6110. Take a slight left towards the ring road and merge. Slight left on Dewsbury Road/ A653 then right onto Ring Rd. Turn right staying Ring Rd, finally turn left at the car park.
From Motorway: Travel on the M621, leaving at junction 2, follow Elland Rd to Wesley Street, at the top of the hill turn left on to Town Street & take the second exit to Old Lane. Follow Old Lane until the crossroad with Dewsbury Rd. From here carry straight on to Ring Rd and the Bike Hub is located on the left just before the water tower.
There are two car parks available at Middleton park, the main one is at the Bike Hub located at the start line and also there is another car park available by using the entrance of Town Street, located next to the visitor centre. The Bike Hub will also have areas to park your bikes whilst you run so cycling to and from parkrun is encouraged.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Middleton Park Bike Hub - please come and join us!