The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at the Silksworth Sports Complex and Ski Slope, Sunderland. 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 Sunderland 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 Sunderland 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


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Course Description

The event starts at the Skate Park and participants head along towards Silksworth Lane. Turn at the tree and go back along the path taking the turn to the right and head down the hill. At the bottom of the hill turn left and follow the bottom path along to the end.
At the end of the path head left and complete two laps of the lake. On completing the two laps head back along the bottom path turning right at the bridge and finishing back at the start.

We hold a new parkrunners' & tourists' briefing at 8:55am.

Facilities

At the Silksworth Sports Complex and Ski Slope there is a fully-equipped outdoor athletics area, a skate park for BMX riders, skateboarders, scooter riders and rollerbladers as well as two fishing lakes, a picnic area and an adventure playground, as well as a number of outdoor grass football pitches. You can also enjoy two nursery ski slopes and the main 165m ski slope.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the Skate Park (w3w apply.serve.shot), along the path from the Ski Lodge.

Getting there by public transport

Stagecoach Bus routes 12 and 13 from the city centre head up Silksworth Lane. Please see the Stagecoach Bus website for more details.

Getting there on foot

From the bus stops on Silksworth Lane head towards the Ski Lodge.
From the ski slope car parks head past the ski slope and head to the skate park and football pitches.

Getting there by road

The ski slope car park is easy to find and can be accessed from the A690 (Durham Road). At the McDonalds drive-thru head along North Moor Lane then turn left along Silksworth Lane.
The car park entrance on Silksworth Lane is opposite the cricket ground. Once parked follow the pedestrian access to the top of the park and turn right towards the ski slope, you'll find us near the fottball pitches and skate park.

Please make sure that you park in the marked bays and do not block the access roads to the carparks. There are wardens patrolling who will issue a fine.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a room at the Ski Lodge - please come and join us!