The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. It's run in Avenham and Miller Parks 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.
The Preston 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- This is a free training event, so all run and attend at their own risk.
We hope these tips help to ensure that Preston 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
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The course is a 3 lap, anti-clockwise loop (1,600m per lap) consisting of sections of tarmac and gravel paths. At the end of the final lap the route peels to the left soon after the start location, heading back towards the Pavilion finishing point. The route takes in both Avenham and Miller Parks, running alongside the River Ribble. Anyone running will be able to enjoy the great views provided by both.
Location of start
The starting point is at the bottom of Avenham Park, near the pavilion and underneath the East Lancashire Viaduct From the new pavilion building in the park, walk towards the river and turn right, immediately heading for the bridge and the parkrun start location.
Getting there by public transport
The city centre location conveniently puts the park less than 5 minutes walk from the railway station and only 10 minutes from the bus station.
Head out of the main station exit / entrance, to the top of the incline and turn right onto Fishergate and into the city centre. Turn right at Chapel Street, which leads onto Winkley Square and the Ribblesdale Place park entrance.
Leave the station via the Guild Hall exit / entrance and head for the city centre. As you leave the Guild Hall, turn left onto Lancaster Road, when you get to the end of this, turn right onto Fishergate. Turn left at Chapel Street, which leads onto Winkley Square and the Ribblesdale Place park entrance
Getting there on foot
Avenham and Miller Parks are located in the heart of the city centre on the banks for the River Ribble, less than 5 minutes from Fishergate. If you head past Winkley Square you can enter at the Ribblesdale Place entrance. There are further access points to the West of the Park, from South Meadow Lane, near the Continental Pub, and in the East of the Park, from Esplanade, at the back of Christ the King School.
The Ribble Way national trail also passes along the river through both Parks.
Bike - Cyclists are well catered for as national cycle route 6 and route 55 pass right through the Park.
Getting there by road
Due to its city centre location parking at the event is somewhat limited and can be awkward for visitors so please leave plenty of time for your arrival.
The easiest parking, which is free, is behind Christ the King School on the Esplanade and the Frenchwood recreation ground, just off the A6. The postcode for the school is PR1 4LX, which is close to the parking area. There is parking for 20 cars and further space along the side of the road with immediate access to the Park.
Most of the roads in and around the city centre, particularly around Winkley Square, are either permit holders only or pay and display with a maximum stay of 1 hour. The postcode to get to this area is PR1 3JJ. The park can then be accessed from the Ribblesdale Place entrance.
Alternatively, there are several city centre car parks, the most convenient of which would be the Fishergate Centre, which can be found on your Sat Nav with PR1 8HJ. You need to park at the point furthest away from the shops, which means going under the small bridge into the additional parking area. At the back of the car park is a set of steps, climb these to the top and turn left onto East Cliff. This road will bring you out to the Ribblesdale Place entrance on your right.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Riverside Cafe - please come and join us.