The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Longford Park, Stretford, Manchester. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, trail paths and running track. 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 Stretford 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 human's 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 Stretford 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

  • Start on start/finish line of track, run a full lap of track anticlockwise, then a further 50m of track to exit at main gates.
  • Bear right, then go straight through the bollards and take a slight left along the path towards the Avenue
  • Turn left into the Avenue, straight down the Avenue to the turning point
  • Turn around the cone/marshal and head back up Avenue towards the playground
  • Mind the cobbles near the tree before the bollards with Pet's Corner on your right, then run along the road to the left of the café towards the houses, minding the sleeping policemen
  • Follow the path clockwise to pass the adventure playground on your left, right around Disc Golf on your right
  • Take a left then a right to the path behind the stadium, taking a right at the bottom of this path to complete a second lap as above
  • After the second lap, turn left and left again then re-enter stadium and run 350 anticlockwise round track to finish on finish line
  • Celebrate with friends

Facilities

The toilets are available in the main Trafford AC clubhouse. Limited car parking is available but we ask that you walk, run, cycle, use public transport or car share wherever possible.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the start/finish line of track.

Getting there by public transport

Tram: By Tram: Longford Park is less than 5 minutes walk from the Stretford Tram Metrolink station, on the Manchester to Altrincham Line. On leaving the Tram station take a left onto Edge Lane towards Chorlton and a short walk will take you to the main park entrance to Longford park.

Longford Park is easily accessible by being close to both the Manchester-Altrincham and Urmston-Stockport Quality Bus Corridor routes. Buses run along Edge Lane to many destinations. Plan your journey to Longford Park at the TfGM website. Buses 16, 22, 23, 23A, 86, 251, 276, 297 run in and around the park.

Getting there on foot

From Stretford Metrolink station turn left onto Edge Lane towards Chorlton. A short walk will bring you to the main park entrance. Follow the tree lined avenue towards Longford Park Athletics stadium. We start on the running track.

From the Quadrant roundabout at the junction of Great Stone Road and King’s Road, Longford Park is accessible using the entrance next to the Beacon Centre. From here, follow the paths to Longford Park Stadium.

From Chorlton, a short walk down Wilbraham Road towards Stretford as it becomes Edge Lane and the park is on the right. Follow the paths to the Longford Park Stadium.

If you wish to cycle, you can access the park using the entrances above or via the Ryebank Road entrance into the main stadium car park.

Getting there by road

Longford Park is near junction 7 of the M60. Follow the signs for Stretford then at the main Stretford junction take a right onto Edge Lane (A5145), signposted for Chorlton. If using sat nav, the nearest postcode is M21 9TA.

There is limited car parking at Longford Park. The main car park can be found on Ryebank Road (off Edge Lane), on the south-eastern side. Please use this car park only if you intend to drive. PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON RYEBANK ROAD, DARESBURY ROAD AND NICHOLAS ROAD AND PLEASE HAVE CONSIDERATION FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS WHEN DRIVING TO/EXITING FROM THE STADIUM.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Longfords Café - please come and join us!