The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at the Speyside Way, Dalfaber Drive, Aviemore. The course is run entirely on trail 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 Aviemore 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 Aviemore 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 undulating out and back course on a scenic stretch of the Speyside Way. The surface is a gravel track and the area varies from broadleaved woodland at the beginning, to coniferous forest and then finally heather moorland.
The run brief will take place at the start of the track which leads away from the industrial estate. Participants will then walk (around 100m) to the start/ finish on the Speyside Way.
At the 2.5k turn bollard, take a second to look to the left to admire the mountain view over the Cairngorm National Park. After collecting your timing token, walk back towards the briefing point, where scanners will be located.

Facilities

Abundant car parking available in the industrial estate close to the muster point. Toilets in Route 7 café for use by café patrons. Shower and toilet facilities at Community centre/primary school available after 10am.

Getting There

Location of start

The run brief will take place at the start of the track which leads away from the industrial estate. Participants will then walk (around 100m) to the start/ finish on the Speyside Way.

Getting there by public transport

The Number 31 bus goes past Dalfaber, please check an up to date timetable to ensure you will arrive with time to spare. From the Railway Station it is a 30 minute brisk walk to the Meeting Point.

Getting there on foot

If arriving by bike or on foot either follow the directions above or follow the Speyside Way Path which passes the Meeting Point. There are bike stands at Route 7 Cafe; take your own padlock.

Getting there by road

The meeting point is in Dalfaber Industrial Estate, just outside the Route 7 Cafe and The Highland Home Centre; if using a SatNav the postcode is PH22 1ST.
To reach the start point arrive in Aviemore. If approaching from the North (Inverness) turn off the A9 and follow the road past the “Welcome to Aviemore” sign and in 400m take the left turn signposted to Dalfaber Industrial Estate. To reach this point from the South (Perth) turn off the A9 and follow the road into town. Continue along the main street and go straight ahead at the roundabout opposite the Royal Bank of Scotland. Approximately 900m after the roundabout you’ll see signs to the Dalfaber Industrial Estate. Turn right.
After turning off towards the Dalfaber Industrial Estate follow the road and in about 400m cross a railway bridge and turn immediately left - if you cross the level crossing you’ve gone too far. After turning left follow this road all the way to the end where you’ll find the meeting point. Please be considerate of other businesses which are open on Saturday when finding somewhere to park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Route 7 Café - please come and join us!