The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Stormont Estate, Belfast. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, gravel paths and trail 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 Stormont 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.
  • Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Consider protecting yourself by wearing repellent when at parkrun events in grassy or wooded areas. See lymediseaseuk.com for further details.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Stormont 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 our Support page.

Course Map

Course Description

This is a two lap course set in the grounds of the Northern Ireland Assembly. It comprises a run through attractive woodland and parkland which are overlooked by Parliament Buildings.
The route starts on the main Prince of Wales Avenue approximately 400 metres from the front gate. Setting off in the direction of the front gate turning right on to a gravel trail on the right just before the gate.
Follow the trail through the trees in an anti clockwise direction returning towards the front gates. Cross Prince of Wales Avenue and follow the tarmacked path passing the Mo Mowlam Play Park on your left. Turn left at the end of the play park and stay right on gravel trails skirting the Stormont Estate boundary with football and cricket pitches on your right. This gravel trail brings you to back to Princes of Wales Avenue.
On Prince of Wales Avenue Turn left towards the front gates and repeat the lap.
The finish is at the security barrier on Prince of Wales Avenue.

Facilities

Toilets are located on Prince of Wales Avenue and in the play park.
Refreshments are available from Coffee Kiosk in play park.
Limited car parking is available at the main gate. There is an additional carpark for 50 vehicles 0.2 miles East of the main gates on the left hand side.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the main Prince of Wales Avenue approximately 400 metres from the front gate.

Getting there by public transport

There is a regular Metro bus service; No.s 4, 20, 20A from City Centre.
Stop is at front Gate approximately 400 metres from start.

Getting there on foot

The Estate can be accessed on foot by the main entrance on the Newtownards Road, and by the entrance at Massey Avenue.

Getting there by road

From Belfast City centre take the A20 Newtownards Road, the large entrance to the Estate can be seen on the left hand side of the road after approximately 5 miles.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in General Merchants, 481 Newtownards Road. Less than 10 minutes walk from main gates towards Belfast on the corner of Cabin Hill Park and Newtownards Road - please come and join us!