The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Pollok Country Park, and run entirely on tarmac footpath. 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 Pollok parkrun, Glasgow 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:
We hope these tips help to ensure that Pollok parkrun, Glasgow 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 website.
From the start at the top of the Burrell carpark, follow the access road east, turning slightly left then right. Follow the road along below the Hay field. After 150m, just after the carved woodpecker, bear left into the North Wood. Follow the path around, and take the first right, joining the main path (across and bear left) through the North Wood, up past the pond. Follow the path down the hill, and turn sharp left at the bottom just before the Glade, and head up the path along the left/north side of the Glade.
At the top of the Glade, keep going left, following the winding path up the hill. Keeping left at the top of the field behind the shelter, follow the path around and down to the left, then bear sharp right at the base of the hill. Continue on, with the bridge to your right, take the left up to the main path, and turn hard left to start the second loop.
On the second loop at the top of the hill behind the shelter, take the first right and head down the hill, keeping to the path, bearing slightly right. The finish is at the bottom, on the right fork.
If you decide to run only 1 lap, please either avoid the finish funnel, or simply return your token to the Unwanted Tokens tub without registering - otherwise you may end up with a PB youll have no chance of matching/beating
We start at the top of the Burrell carpark
Pollokshaws West railway station is nearest, and is a short warmup jog away. Shawlands and Maxwell Park (on the Cathcart Circle) are also very close - an easy 1km jog to the start. Dumbreck/Corkerhill Road stations are also within 2-3km. From Corkerhill Road station note that there is a more convenient entrance to the park further down Corkerhill Road.
Bus services operate close to Pollok Park. First Bus services 45, 47, 48 and 57 all stop on Pollokshaws road, opposite the main entrance to the park.
Ibrox underground station is just over 2 miles away (click for route), and makes a great warmup jog. Exit the underground and head for Paisley Road West, turning right when you reach it, then left after the BP station, heading along Dumbreck road and the M8. Follow the road over the M77, and head into Pollok Park at Haggs Castle Golf Club. Once in the park, take the left hand path off the road through the north wood for a more direct route, or follow the road along past Pollok House to the Burrell. Note the underground does become extremely busy when Rangers have home matches (check here for fixtures).
There are a number of entrances to the park which may be accessed on foot.
Pollok Park and The Burrell Collection are well sign-posted as attractions on the south side of Glasgow. From the East/Centre of Glasgow, take the M8 then M77 and exit from the M77 at junction 1. From the west, take the M8 and exit at junction 24, and follow the road around past Ibrox, and over. If entering at Dumbreck Road (from the M77/M8) follow the road through the park. Entering at Pollokshaws road, follow the road through and bear right at the second junction (The first you may turn).
On-site parking by the Burrell is pay and display (£1/car from 10am). There is limited space (it is typically full by 9.15am). Funds raised through tickets go directly to park maintenance. Please do not park in other areas of the park (passing spaces, or by Pollok House): We have been asked by the park managers to leave these for other park users.
Please consider coming by alternative means of transport, or parking outside Pollok park. Wherever you park, please only park in allocated spaces, and not on verges.
You may want to consider parking on surrounding roads and jog in to the park. Shawmoss Road is particularly suitable (see this map), and is a very short (5 minute) walk/jog to the start, and allows for a quicker getaway. Please always park considerately.