The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at CAFRE Loughry Campus, Cookstown. The course is run entirely on tarmac 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.
The MUSA Cookstown 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.
- 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.
- While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to humans 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 MUSA Cookstown parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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
The course is tarmacked road in and around the college grounds and is traffic free and just short of three laps.
Please be aware
that no dogs (except guide dogs) are allowed on site.
Location of start
The run starts "Near the windmill".
Getting there by public transport
Bus: There is a bus stop near the turn off for the Mid Ulster Sports Arena. For times and journeys please contact Translink Cookstown Telephone 028 8676 6440
Getting there on foot
Enter the Mid Ulster Sports Arena and keep walking past the pavilion on your left until you reach the mobile office on your left hand side. This will be the pre start assembly area.
Getting there by road
Due to its central location the Mid Ulster Sports Arena is easily accessible by the M1 and M2 Motorways.
From the M1:
- At junction 14, take the A45 exit to B106/?Moy/?Coalisland
- At Tamnamore Roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto A45
- Turn right onto B520
- Go through 1 roundabout. Turn right to stay on B520
- Turn left onto West St/?B520. Slight right onto Donaghendry Rd/?B520
- Continue to follow B520. Turn left onto Lindesayville Rd/?B520
- Take the 1st right onto Tullywiggan Rd/?B520. Destination will be on the left.
From the M2:
- Merge onto M3 via the ramp to M2/?M5/?M1/?A12
- Continue onto M2
- Continue onto M22. Continue straight onto Moneynick Rd/?A6 (signs for Londonderry/?Magherafelt/?A31/?Cookstown/?A29).
- Continue to follow A6
- Go through 3 roundabouts. At Castledawson Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Castledawson Rd/?A31
- Continue to follow A31. Go through 2 roundabouts
- At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A31
- Go through 1 roundabout
- At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto High St/?A29
- Continue to follow A29. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Millburn St/?A29
- Continue to follow A29. At Loughry Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Tullywiggan Rd/?B520
- Destination will be on the right
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the pavilion - please come and join us!