The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Victoria Park, Belfast and run on tarmac and 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.
The Belfast Victoria 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.
- 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.
- You are welcome to take part with a dog, but please keep the dog on a short lead or short 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 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.
We hope these tips help to ensure that Belfast Victoria parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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
Our main route comprises of three 1mile outer laps of the lake circumference.
However when the weather has been dry and in our favour, we occasionally use this course which initially comprises 1 and 3/4 laps of the outer lake circumference. When the 3/4 lap is reached the participants are marshalled/directed over a small bridge to complete a 1.5k circumference of the island. They are then re-directed over the bridge to the outer finish lap.
Limited car parking within the park, drivers should be aware the underpass entrance has a height restriction for vehicles. Additional off road parking is available at the Airport Road entrance.
Limited toilet facilities are available within the bowling clubhouse.
Location of start
The start is located beside the seating shelter approximately 100m from the bowling clubhouse.
Getting there by public transport
Bus: From the city centre use either Metro Service 3a or the Glider bus (East) alighting at CS Lewis Square, Holywood Arches.
Train: Exit at Sydenham and use the footbridge.
Getting there on foot
Victoria Park has 3 access points by foot. Via the Connswater Greenway, via the entrance near the footbridge if using the train or from the airport and via the Sam Thompson footbridge at Airport Road.
Getting there by road
Victoria Park is signposted from the Holywood Road and Connsbrook Avenue. Vehicles can also be parked near the Sam Thompson footbridge at Airport Road.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Bowling Club Belfast, Victoria Park - please come and join us.