The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Workington Leisure Centre, Workington. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and cycleway. 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 Workington 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 Workington 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 an out and back course. Commencing on the path below Calva bridge, runners/walkers follow the riverside path West for 300m toward Navvies footbridge. The path veers right up a small incline and heads North toward Seaton on the Cycle route. Within a further 200m runners/walkers negotiate the ‘wiggle gate,’ which is the first marshall point, and head north along the path up a lightly inclining and twisting path toward a junction point (marshalled). Runners take the left hand fork on a lightly downhill section which flattens for a straight half mile stretch of cycleway between large lakes of a wetland nature reserve. Runners/Walkers then run over a footbridge spanning the A596, down a short twisting area of path and then veer left at a fork in the cycleway (marshalled) to follow a half mile section to the turn round point (marshalled).
Runners/Walkers then simply retrace their steps back to the final 200m where additional marshals will direct finishers through the funnel.

Facilities

Toilets may be located in Workington Leisure centre.
There is ample parking in the Cloffocks car park which is free to parkrunners (ticket to be collected at the leisure centre).
Children and families will find lots to do in the superb leisure centre, including a small play area for little ones.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the path below Calva bridge.

Getting there by public transport

Workington Train station is a 5min walk away from Workington Leisure centre.

Workington parkrun is an easy bus ride away using the following bus numbers to Workington bus station:
From Carlisle ? 300, 301
From Penrith ? X4, X5
From Cockermouth ? 35, 36, X4, X5
From Whitehaven ? 30, 30A, 30B, 31, 31A, 300, 301

Getting there on foot

From Workington Train station walk toward, then past, the nearby Workington rugby league stadium and follow the path toward Workington Reds football stadium. Allerdale House (borough council building) will come into full clear view. Take the road into the Cloffocks car park to the right of Allerdale House as you face it. Head straight up the carpark to the Leisure centre.

From Workington bus Station walk left into the town centre (on Murray Road). In 30m turn right towards St John’s precinct (signposted). Stop at the road and follow it left using the footpath under and bridge leading directly to the leisure centre.

Town centre users, locate St John’s precinct and follow the instructions above.

Users of Curwen and Hall park, follow all paths down toward the River Derwent. Head toward Calva Bridge (Workington road bridge). Take the left hand foot path and turn off the bridge to the riverside path. This is the Start/Finish area of Workington parkrun. The leisure centre is to be located by following the path toward, and then left over the footbridge immediately ahead. Once over the footbridge (Navvies Bridge) the leisure centre is immediately to the right off the path.

Getting there by road

If using a Sat Nav the post code of the leisure centre is CA14 3YJ.

Car drivers Heading South from the Maryport Direction may use the A596 to Workington, taking the 1st exit off the Northside roundabout, approaching the Leisure Centre from the Cloffocks carpark. This is located by turning 1st left off the roundabout at Workington Reds football stadium and following the road left of Allerdale House (borough council building) into the Cloffocks carpark, heading straight up to the Leisure centre.

Car drivers heading North from the Whitehaven direction may use the A595 to Workington, following the signs for Workington train station and onto the roundabout near Workington Reds Football Stadium. Follow the next roundabout round past Allerdale House and left into the Cloffocks carpark, heading straight up to the Leisure centre.

Car Drivers heading West from Penrith/Keswick/Cockermouth may use the A595 to Workington. 7/8 miles from Cockermouth at the next roundabout take the 2nd Exit Stainburn/Workington. At the next Roundabout exit Workington and drive straight ahead to the first set of traffic lights in the town centre. Take the right lane and turn right, heading downhill and over Calva Bridge, left at the mini roundabout and onto the Northside roundabout. Go round and take the 3rd exit heading past Workington Reds Football stadium. take the road left of Allerdale House (borough council building) into the Cloffocks carpark, heading straight up to the Leisure centre.

Car drivers Heading West from Carlisle may follow the A596 to Maryport or the A595 to Cockermouth and thereafter follow the instructions above.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Ernest Valentine Workington Cricket Club - please come and join us!