The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. on the south side of Willen Lake, near the corner of the hotel It is run entirely on tarmac and gravel 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 Milton Keynes 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 make sure you’re fit enough to run 5k (3.1 miles). 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.
  • This is a free training event, so all run and attend at their own risk.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Milton Keynes 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

The run is a single lap course. Starting on the pathway that links Willen Lake to Campbell Park & the Grand Union Canal, the route heads up to the canal, turning right along the main canal path past The old Gyosei Japanese School (now Lovat Fields retirement village) and Camphill, turning right again along the short stretch of redway, over the Brickhill St. Bridge and towards the trees. Hidden in the trees is a series of 4 switchbacks with a sharp left at the top giving a wonderful vista over Willen Lake as we continue straight ahead through the trees and around the bowl with the lake on your right. Heading steeply down the path you head straight across the grass (50m) towards the first lamppost and right on to the redway. Continue straight ahead (Peace Pagoda ahead and on your right) before bearing left when the path splits, going under the bridge and left again onto the lakeside path around the south lake. Keeping to the shoreline we pass the wakeboarding, loop under the road and keeping right follow the lake until the path splits on the final corner. Take the middle path heading slightly right and up onto the redway and around towards the gym and finish line.


Getting There

Location of start

We start on the pathway that heads West from the lake towards the canal and Campbell Park. Go under the underpass and look out for the mass of runners in front of you.

Getting there by public transport

Route L3 on buses 8 or 12. Bus stops are Gyosei (now Lovat Fields) or Newlands South/Woolstone (info current Dec 09). Both a short walk from the start.

Getting there on foot

Explore the hidden beauty of Milton Keynes and reduce your carbon footprint by taking the redway, following the signs to Willen Lake.

Getting there by road

Please car-share where possible (try or, even better, chat to your fellow parkrunners). From the M1 junction 14 head towards Milton Keynes and go straight ahead (2nd exit at the main roundabout) over the next roundabout following Childs Way (H6) you will see Willen Lake on your right. Turn right at the next roundabout on to V10 Brickhill St, and right again into the carpark (signposted for hotel & LA Fitness gym). From the west, head along the A421 until you reach the V10 roundabout, turn left and go over 2 roundabouts (H7 & H6), turn right at the next roundabout into the carpark.

Parking - Please remember to bring change for the carpark. Approx £1 for 2 hours

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the One4Six cafe on the lakeside next to the childrens play area. Approx 400m from the finish line - please come and join us