The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Alexandra Park, Manchester. 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

Alexandra parkrun, Moss Side is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 for further details.
  • You are welcome to take part with one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Alexandra parkrun, Moss Side is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners 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

The course consists of a short start loop, two laps of the park perimeter and a separate loop to the finish. The start line is located to the north of the pavilion at the green marker on the map. The start loop runs clockwise around the cricket oval continuing onto two clockwise laps of the main park which begin level with the Demesne Road entrance.
After 2 laps of the main park the route turns right level with the Demesne Road entrance, and then follows the football oval in a clockwise direction until it leads back to the finish line at the red marker on the map.
The course is all tarmac, very flat and is wheelchair, buggy and dog friendly.


There are 2 children’s play areas. One near the lake, opposite the front entrance of the café and the other along the run route, behind the cricket pitch, near the main car park.

The park also has the following facilities for use:

  • Tennis courts x 4 (free to use)
  • Basketball court
  • Multi use games area (MUGA)
  • Cricket square
  • Café (Coffee Cranks)
  • Toilet facilities/baby change (available during café opening hours)
  • Community rooms for hire
  • Football pitch
  • Fishing lake

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts north of the pavilion.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Buses 23, 43, 85, 104 or 130 all stop outside the park. Details can be found on the Transport for Greater Manchester website.

Getting there on foot

The park can be accessed from Princess Parkway, Demesne Road, Alexandra Road South, Claremont Road and Nursery Street.

Getting there by road

For SATNAV use postcode M16 8HJ.

From the city centre:
  • Head south along Princess Parkway/A5103, for approximately 0.5 miles.
  • At the Heineken brewery turn right onto Moss Lane East.
  • Continue for 0.3 miles, then turn left at the lights onto Alexandra Rd South.
  • Continue for 0.4 miles and the park is on your left.
From M60 - J7&6 Altrincham and Sale (Anti Clockwise)
  • Exit at 7 for A56, Manchester, Stretford, Altrincham.
  • Head towards Manchester\Streford on the A56.
  • Use the middle lane to turn right to continue on the A56.
  • Turn right onto Edge Lane (A5145) towards Chorlton.
  • Continue for 0.8 miles where the road changes to Wilbraham Rd (A6010).
  • Continue along Wilbraham Rd for 1.5 miles and turn left onto Alexandra Rd South.
  • The park is 0.4 miles up on the right.
From M60 - J5 (Clockwise only)
  • Exit at J5 for A5103 Manchester (C), Didsbury.
  • Onto Princess Rd/A5103 towards Manchester(C)/Didsbury.
  • Keep right to stay on Princess Rd/A5103.
  • Turn left onto Wilbraham Rd (A6010).
  • 3rd right onto Alexandra Rd.
  • The park is 0.7 miles up on the right.

Car sharing and the use of public transport are strongly advised. Car parking is limited to the roads surrounding the park.
  • Claremont Road (north of the park)
  • Demesne Road (south of the park)
  • Post Run Coffee

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