The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Aireville Park, Skipton. 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.

Course Safety

The Skipton 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 Skipton 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


View Skipton parkrun in a larger map

Course Description

The course is essentially four and a bit laps of the park and is entirely on tarmac. From the start, you go up the main path to the park entrance road, turn right onto the path through the woods along the top of the park, turn right down the central path, and then turn left and do an out and back on the lower part of the main path back to the start. On the final lap, continue past the start to finish just before the wheel park. There are kilometre markers for use as an alternative to counting laps.

Facilities

Where possible, please try to avoid using the Aireville Park car park.

  • Craven Swimming Pool is located inside Aireville Park and just 100meters from the finish and less than 500 meters from the start.
    The Pool opens at 8.45 on Saturdays and can offer runners changing rooms and storage lockers for free use and then showers for those that want one (small charge) after the run, but please remove any muddy footwear!
  • Every week the Café will be open for post run drinks and other food. Full details here.
  • The venue also offers swimming pool, sauna, steam room, fitness centre and range of exercise classes for those that want to relax after the run or do a bit more exercise!
Link here to the Aireville Park webpage

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts inside Aireville Park

Getting there by public transport

Train: The Railway Station is directly opposite the main Park entrance via Gawflat Swing Bridge that goes over the Leeds Liverpool Canal. From the Railway Station, just walk around the station car park, cross Broughton Road (set of traffic lights on your right hand side in front of Herriots). Follow the road up to the Canal/Park.

Bus: There is a regular bus service going down Broughton Road with an east bound bus stop opposite the Fire Station (next to the Railway station) and a west bound bus stop by the Railway Station at the traffic lights. Skipton Bus Station is a half mile walk from the Park. From the Bus Station take the bridge over the Leeds Liverpool Canal, at the bottom of the bridge steps turn immediately left to the Canal towpath and turn left along the path (back under the bridge you just walked over) and follow the path to the Park. Gawflat Swing Bridge is the second swing bridge you come to.

Getting there on foot

The Park is a short walk from Skipton Town Centre, just over the road from the Skipton Railway Station and adjacent to the Leeds Liverpool Canal.
Pedestrians and cyclists should walk to the park along the Canal path and turn into the Park over the Gawflat Swing Bridge that is opposite the Railway Station. The play area and start is immediately on your right hand side as you enter the Park. Cycle parking can be found at Craven Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre at the top of the park.
Pedestrians and cyclists can also access the park via the Granville Street entrance and the Gargrave Road entrance by the War Memorial. From both these entrances, just walk down the Park to the start by the play area.

Getting there by road

The Park vehicle access is off Gargrave Road, which is the road leading out or into Skipton to or from the A65/A59 and A629 roundabout on the Skipton bypass.
If driving from out of Skipton, follow the Craven Swimming Pool signs on the Skipton bypass and turn into town on the Gargrave Road off the A65/A59 and A629 roundabout (AKA Burger King roundabout). The Swimming Pool/park entrance is just 500 meters along from the roundabout on your right hand side.

If possible, please try to avoid using the Aireville Park car park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Coffee Lounge which is located on the left hand side as you enter Craven Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre, less than 100 meters from the parkrun finish - please come and join us!