The Course

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

Alvaston parkrun 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 Alvaston parkrun 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

This is a flat course on tarmac and is a creative variant of an 'out and back' route involving a park section and a heritage cycle route section.
We start close to the community/café building in the centre of the park running two sides of the square field to the corner of Lakeside school. The route turns right onto the wide cycle route and parkrunners must keep to the right towards the lake and the first turn point. After the turn take in the excellent views of the lake and return to the corner of Lakeside school. From there we exit the park and from this point keep left following a long 'out and back' along the heritage cycle route turning around just after Kiwi House. Once the turn around point is reached you are half way and simply retrace the route via the lake turn and back to the finish close to where you started in the centre of the park.


There are public toilets in the community building in the centre of the park, where our parkrun start/finish is. In the summer months changing facilities/showers may be available. The park also has children’s play areas (including one right next to the start), a lake where you can feed ducks, a BMX bike course, tennis courts and football pitches (children’s football training overlaps with parkrun between Sep-Mar).

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts close to the community/café building in the centre of the park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: There are two bus stops very close to each other on London Road which drop off at different entrances to the park: ‘Alvaston Park’ (Lakeside School entrance - closest to the start) and ‘Meadow Lane’ (Alvaston Park car entrance). These stops between them are served by Arriva bus services 1, 1A, 4, 73, 73A, 244 and also the Skylink bus service for East Midlands Airport.

Train: The closest rail station is Derby. It is 1.8 miles from the Pride Park exit to the parkrun start via the path up the side of the Derwent river.

Bicycle: Three Sustrans cycle routes go through the park. The off-road Derwent river path (Route 6) connects Derby City Centre and Long Eaton. The old Chellaston canal way (Route 6) out to Melbourne is part of our parkrun route. Route 66 from Spondon/Chaddesden passes an entrance to the park off the Raynesway dual carriageway bridge.

Getting there on foot

There are five footpaths into the park:
  1. Via the cycle highway (Route 6) that our course goes down. You get to this via the bridge next to Wickes or various places further up e.g. at Aldi (Harvey Road).
  2. Via the path down the side of Lakeside school which goes straight to the community building where the start is.
  3. Derwent river path coming from the Football Stadium and Derby Arena.
  4. Derwent river path (can be accessed off the Raynesway dual carriageway bridge) coming from the direction of Elvaston Country Park.
  5. The car entrance for the park which is signed “National BMX Track” off London Road.

Getting there by road

All parking is accessed via London Road, DE24 8UZ.

From the north side of Derby use A38 > Inner Ring Road > Pride Parkway > turn left at Dunelm roundabout onto London Road.

From the south side of Derby use A50 > A6 > Recycling Centre exit > turn right at roundabout onto London Road.

From the east side of Derby (Long Eaton, Nottingham) use A52 > Wyvern exit > through Pride Park past the football stadium >> Pride Parkway > turn left at Dunelm roundabout onto London Road.

From the west side of Derby or the City Centre simply exit the Inner Ring road onto London Road at the Intu Westfield Shopping Centre roundabout.

Please DO NOT park in the park car park - this is reserved for use by other groups with a prior agreement to use the park.

Free parking (approx. 110 spaces) is available at Derby Homes (the entrance is opposite Wickes) on London Road, DE24 8UZ between 8:30am - 10:30am. Everyone using the car park is asked to observe the following:
  • Cars are parked at your own risk
  • Obey the one way system and speed limits
  • Please give way to footpath users when exiting the car park
  • Please exit left due to the nearby cycle exit
  • Do not block Derby Homes vehicles in
  • Do not park in the taped off area (on your left as you enter the car park) or in front of the wooden doors

To get to the start (approx. 5 mins walk) leave via the car park entrance and turn right. Almost immediately there is a bridge with a path going downwards on your right to the Route 6 cycle highway. Follow this super wide, tarmac path going away from the bridge (not under it) and you should see the start and finish near the café building.

Post Run Coffee

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