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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 Stanley Park, Blackpool. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, gravel paths 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.

Course Safety

The Blackpool 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 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 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 Blackpool 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 two lap, anti-clockwise route that is mainly flat. The route is mostly tarmac with some gravel paths and section of woodland trail.
  • To find the start, stand with the sports arena and Cocker clock tower at your back and the enclosed 5 a side pitches to your right.
  • The route starts between the 5 a side pitches and hockey courts, 35m beyond the Cocker clock tower. To your left is the middle of three floodlights.
  • 35m later take the first path to the left.
  • At about 200m, close to the black bin, take the path that veers to the left and passes behind the BMX track.
  • Continue straight towards the Model Village and the exit to the main road.
  • Leave the park at the Model Village and turn left to follow the park boundary along the public footpath on East Park Drive for about 250m.
  • Turn left at the first entrance to re-enter the park and take a sharp right onto the woodland trail. The trail is twisty and in places narrow.
  • After 400m of trail there is a path junction. Take the right turn and the path then bears left. After about 75m turn left onto tarmac paths by a large notice board.
  • The wide tarmac path heads back along the other side of the lake on the top path. Follow the wide tarmac path for about 340m. At this point the course doglegs. Turn left towards the bridges, then turn right after about 17m to rejoin the main path.
  • The path then continues for about 180m until it passes the rear of the boat sheds and the Crazy Golf, to the left.
  • At the Crazy Golf course turn slightly left, down a slope and follow the Lakeside Promenade towards the Bandstand.
  • The route then turns left across the front of the Bandstand for about 80m then, take the path to the right, up the gravel slope.
  • At the top of the gravel path take the sharp right turn which continues to the rear of the bandstand.
  • After about 100m turn left and head through the rose garden.
  • On lap one stay close to the tennis courts to the right hand side. Turn right at the pavilion towards the Cocker clock tower.
  • At the Cocker clock tower you turn to the left to start the second lap.
  • The second lap is the same as the first and finishes as you enter the rose garden.

Facilities

Toilets are available from 8am by the Art Deco Café.

Getting There

Location of start

Participants gather by the Cocker Clock Tower in the centre of Stanley Park.

Getting there by public transport

Blackpool is served by National Rail at Blackpool North Station.

Local bus services 18 and 20 operate from the town centre and station to Stanley Park. Alight at the sports centre stop and head for the Cocker Clock Tower in the centre of the park. Service 18 also serves the South Shore and Marton areas of the town.

These services are operated by: Blackpool transport.

Getting there on foot

Stanley Park is situated in the east of the town approximately 1.5 miles, 30 minutes walk from Central Promenade. Foot and cycle paths are marked from Central Pier and St Chads Road.

Getting there by road

From the M55 follow the signs for the Zoo, Model Village and Stanley Park. On leaving the motorway follow Preston New Road, South Park Drive and West Park Drive.

There is ample free parking available at Blackpool Sports Centre, FY3 9HQ. Access the park from the side gate close to the sports centre.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Art Deco Café, Stanley Park - please come and join us!