The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in the Willen Lake area in North Milton Keynes. 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 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.

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

One clockwise lap, starting and finishing in the same area. Starting on the path that links Willen Lake with Campbell Park, the first right turn is up a short incline, onto the canal broadwalk. Following this path along the canal, we run under the H5 Portway road bridge, carrying on until we need to make a right turn onto a redway, to head back towards Willen Lake. Enjoy the swooping downhill here, past the Camphill centre, before we rise again to bridge over V10 Brickhill Street. We descend again in order to climb the famous zig-zags. Once at the top, take a sharp left and then an immediate right, down and past the Peace Pagoda which is on our right. At the bottom of the slope, turn left onto the redway, the labyrinth will be on our left and the North Lake on our right. Once past the labyrinth, there is a right turn onto a path, in order to loop round the North Lake. Following the lake round, we'll pass Willen Hospice, and run over two weirs. At the end of this path, after a short sharp dip, we turn right and cross the wooden bridge between the two lakes, before going back under H5 Portway. This path follows the South Lake, with the WakeMK zip-line visible over the lake. Take the left hand fork, staying with the lake, and join a redway, over a flat bridge, a 'roundabout', and past the crazy golf. By the car park, take a right to go round the mini-bowl, and right again for the final sprint. Run under V10 Brickhill Street again to finish just beyond where we started. Once finished, if heading back to the cafe or car parks, please do not obstruct runners that are still finishing.

Facilities

Toilets are located at the One4Six cafe. There are bike racks here too, and there is a children's playground nearby. Other bike racks are located near the model railway.

Getting There

Location of start

The start is on the path that links Willen Lake (South) and Campbell Park. This is in the Newlands area of Milton Keynes, beside Gulliver's Land theme park. This path is part of National Cycle Route 51. Look out for the mass of runners.

Getting there by public transport

The start is 2.2 miles from Milton Keynes Central railway station. From here, or the centre, you can catch buses 1, 7 or 21 to the stop Cricket Green Roundabout West, from which it is a short walk to the start. (May 2015)

If catching the Stagecoach X5, alight at The Point and either catch the above buses or walk the 1.4 miles to the start.

Please use the Council website and Google Maps journey planner for up to date information.

Getting there on foot

From the railway station & town centre, follow the signposted National Cycle Route 51, along Midsummer Boulevard and through Campbell Park. The start is on this route. From other destinations, use the redway network, following signs to Willen Lake. Follow the mass of runners from the minibowl/cafe, under the underpass, to the start. There are bike racks nearby, outlined in the facilities section above.

Getting there by road

From M1 Junction 14 or the A5 (Central Milton Keynes turnoff), follow the A509 (H5 Portway) until you reach Pagoda roundabout. Take the exit south onto V10 Brickhill Street. The largest car park is found by turning left at the second roundabout, Lakeside. Alternate parking is found turning left at the first roundabout, Newlands, which is ideal if you are heading to the cafe afterwards. Further parking is found turning right at Newlands roundabout, and right again into the Cathedral of Trees car park. All 3 are pay and display, so make sure you bring change.

Please consider car sharing with other parkrunners to reduce the burden on the environment.

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 600m from the finish line - please come and join us