The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The Course is in Barrow Park, and run 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

Barrow 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.
  • 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 Barrow 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

The course is undulating and consists of 2.5 laps on a clockwise route.

The course starts at the Bandstand Semi Circle open area. The course begins with a 100m gentle climb up to the main course, where it joins the loop around the Cenotaph Hill.

At the Cenotaph, take the right turn and descend towards the park gates. At the bottom turn right and head up and over another short gentle climb, at the second set of park gates turn right (marshaled) at the corner.

Run down the gradual descent passing the bandstand, putting green and children’s play area on your right. Follow the road around in a semi-circular route, passing the near shore of the lake and head back up, climbing towards the Cenotaph.

Halfway up the climb, take the second right hand junction and run a straight 200m, joining the loop around the Cenotaph hill and continue for another 1.5 laps.


Getting There

Location of start

Barrow Park Bandstand semi-circle open area

Getting there by public transport

From Abbey Road Cenotaph gate, follow the road up to the top of the Cenotaph. Once at the Cenotaph, take the steps down directly to the bandstand.

From Abbey Road, follow the road down for around 350m until the area opens up, the bandstand is on your immediate right.

From Park Drive or The Leisure Centre, on heading towards the cenototaph, take the path to the right of the lake, past the boat house and on towards the childrens play area. Pass the childrens play area, once the area opens up the bandstand is on your immediate left.

Getting there on foot

If entering Barrow by train, Barrow Park is a short walk from the station. There are various local buses passing the park. If travelling by bus, disembark at the station bus stop. Timetables can be found on The Stagecoach website.

Getting there by road

From the M6
  • take junction 36, Brettargh Holt Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A590 heading to Barrow/Milnthorpe/A6/Newby Bridge/Grange/Levens, 5.9 mi
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A590
  • Go through 5 roundabouts, 20.0 mi
  • At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Park Rd, 0.7 mi
  • Slight left to stay on Park Rd, 0.4 mi
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Barrow Rd, 0.3 mi
  • Continue onto Abbey Rd Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, UK, 1.5 mi
  • Turn left onto Park Drive (at the Abbey Road Baptist Church) for 0.5 miles
  • Turn right onto Greengate Street for 100 yards
  • Turn right into Park Leisure Centre Car Park. Park and follow walking directions from leisure centre above

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the park cafe, near the bandstand - please come and join us.