The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. It's run in Wythenshawe Park, Wythenshawe Road, Wythenshawe, M23 0AB and run on a mixture of tarmac, trail and grass. 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 Wythenshawe 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 Wythenshawe 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


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Course Description

The course starts outside the Hall, sets off towards the Wythenshawe Road then going off road completing a small loop which brings the runners passed the Oliver Cromwell statue.

Once back on the paths the runners follow the path around to the football pitches. On the football pitches the runners follow the stream as far as the bridge, crossing the bridge and then following the stream back the direction the runners came but on the other side.

The end of this section of trail brings the runners out near the car park. The runners go towards Wythenshawe Road, passing the farm and then cutting through the wooded area before the team rooms, this brings the runners out in front of the Oliver Cromwell Statue.

The runners then follow the path back towards the football pitches to complete a second lap. Once the runners arrive at the statue on the second lap, they turn left and finish where they started.

Facilities

Getting There

Location of start

Outside main hall, in front of Oliver Cromwell statue.

Getting there by public transport

Bus 101 from Princess Parkway : (heading from City Centre)
Bus 179 along Altrincham Road (from Stockport direction)
Bus 370 from Didsbury along Wythenshawe Road, or from Altrincham Interchange along Wythenshawe Road

Bus stops are located nearby on Princess Parkway, Wythenshawe Road and Altrincham Road.

Metrolink: Wythenshawe Park is approximately 10 minutes' walk from Wythenshawe Park metrolink stop. Turn left out of the station and follow Wythenshawe Road until you pick up signs for the Hall.

Getting there on foot

The park is a short walk from the centre of Northenden, following Palatine Road (B5167) until it turns into Wythenshawe Road. The park can also be accessed from the Altrincham Road (A560) side.

Getting there by road

The park is close to the Princess Parkway (A5103), as well as the M56 Sharston junction (Junction 1). It is also close to Junction 5 of the M60.

Please note that the car park does fill up and runners must not park by the sides of the road in the park. The overflow car park will be available in good weather but it is prone to flooding. If parking in local residential roads runners are requested to do so considerately.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Courtyard Tea Room within the park - please come and join us.