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The Course

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

The Birkenhead 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.
  • 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 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 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 Birkenhead 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 will be two laps starting uphill from the park road north entrance and downhill from the park road west entrance in the upper park. The start itself is 40 metres uphill from the benches. It's a flat course around the internal road which will be closed for the run and opened when the last runner is through. The course heads clockwise around the upper park, heading down towards the lake, turn right (instead of the old left), around the lake, and back across the field via the footpath back to the road, turn left (instead of the old right) down to the gates and back up the road and when you reach the finish funnel area - that's one lap. Do a second and you're done.


The visitors centre which is located in the lower park has a coffee shop and toilet facilities. This is a 5-10 min walk through the park to the start. There are also plenty of shops in the village for participants.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the Park Drive entrance, 40 metres uphill from the benches.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: There are plenty of buses that head through Claughton Village from Birkenhead Bus Terminal. No’s 12, 18, 38, 93, 213, 437, 492, 495, 854 all pass through or near Claughton Village.

Train: Every 15 minutes to Birkenhead Park Station which is a 10 minute walk to the start. See the Merseytravel website for more details.

Getting there on foot

From Claughton Village, head down Park Road West with the Medical Centre on the left and the 6th Form College on the right. The start will be just inside the park gates on the left.

Getting there by road

Cars to head to Claughton Village and park along Park Road West or nearby streets. Sat Nav Postcode - CH41 0EZ

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Cappuccinos, Birkenhead Park Visitors Centre, Birkenhead Park - please come and join us!