The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in North Inch and Riverside parks, Perth. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and grass 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 Perth 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 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 Perth 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


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Course Description

This is a flat (4 very small hills) pan and handle course.
Starting on the North Inch on a broad tarmac path, the course heads north for the first 800m, then turns right at the T junction. This Z shaped section borders a golf course so take care. After 150m turn left through the “gateway” in the wall and follow the tarmac path. Look out for root raised ripples in the tarmac. At the end of the wall swing right onto the riverside path at 1.5km. You are off the handle and running the 2km pan circuit now. Follow the path until the marshalled junction at about 2.5km where you turn left on to the grass section. This hard grassy section (mud in places if its wet) crosses three minor paths then dips down to meet another bigger path. Swing left onto this and after 150m you meet back on to the pan handle heading for home. After completing the second bend of the Z, take the right hand path at the remaining two junctions. After the second of these, there is less than 350m to go.

Facilities

Toilets are available in Bell's Sports Centre, which is open from 9am.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the North Inch.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Arriving at Broxden bus station/Scotrail bus station take town bus to Mill Street town centre bus station. Then walk as in directions on foot.

Getting there on foot

The North Inch park borders the River Tay on the north-east side of the city centre, just off Atholl Street part of the inner ring road. The path running just within the park runs past the sports centre follow it in a clockwise direction for 500m
From anywhere within the city you can go east until you reach Tay Street beside the river. Follow it north (up stream) and round to the left to join Atholl Street. After 100m the North Inch will be on your right.
Mill Street alternative. Leave Mill Street bus station at the east end. Go north on Kinnoull Street until you can turn right into Atholl Street. North Inch is on the left 150m.

Getting there by road

From north: enter city by Dunkeld Road from Inveralmond roundabout, continue onto Barrack Street then turn left at T junction into Atholl Street (follow Blackwatch Museum signs, the museum is next to the sports centre), next left into Melville Street, 2nd right into Hay St and follow round to Bell Sports Centre turning 2nd left to lower level parking. Can Parkring costs 40p for 2 hrs.

From Stirling: turn left onto bypass at Broxden roundabout then right at next major roundabout onto Dunkeld Road (do not take the road to Dunkeld). THen as above.

From South: take the bypass towards Stirling and Broxden roundabout. Leave the roundabout at the second exit and follow as above.

From Scone/ Dundee: from A93 cross West Bridge Street (A85). Sweep right at traffic lights onto A989. After 150m the North Inch is on your right. Follow past Rose Terrace junction and the next two junctions to the Melville St junction where you turn right. Then as above.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Bell’s Centre Café - please come and join us!