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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 at Leverhulme Park, Bolton on good quality paths and running track with a short off road section. 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 Bolton 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 Bolton 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 volunteer assembly point and start is on the crossroad of paths close to the carpark.

The course follows this path and crosses straight heading to the top of “Cinder Hill”. Turn left and follow the path down into an open clearing, passing a marshal at the foot of the hill and continuing to the marshal at a bend in the path. Turn right and head uphill, over a narrow bridge and take the first right fork following the uneven trail path above and alongside the stream. As you reach the tarmac path a marshal will guide parkrunners around a left turn to an out and back section - please keep left. Pass the point where you entered the tarmac path, turn right approx 10 yards going behind the football pitches (beware of the 4 stumps covered in hi-viz covers). Head down hill, turn right at the marshal, follow the path around, turn left and head alongside the river. Continue on this path until you reach a marshal at the steps / rise up to the tarmac hill known as Cruella. Turn left at the top of the steps to go up Cruella. Reaching the crossroads where you started, turn right and run an out and back section, keeping left and turning at the marshal. On lap 1, go straight on past the start towards "Cinder Hill" again - this time taking the path around to the left, alongside the river and the marshal at the steps and up Cruella a second time. On lap 2, turn right past the start again and complete the out and back, this time turning right out of the path on the crossroads to complete another out and back towards the car park and the finish funnel is a short distance after the turn around point.

Facilities

Car parking

There are plenty of parking spaces available at Leverhulme Park Community Leisure Centre (beside the running track). The car park is accessed off Long Lane, follow the brown tourist signs for Leverhulme Park. Parking is free at all times.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at Leverhulme Park, Long Lane, Bolton, BL2 6EX.

Getting there by public transport

Bus

The 95 bus passes Leverhulme Park on Long Lane. You can also take the 471, 510, 561, 562 which run between Bolton and Bury and passes Long Lane (you must get off on Bury and Bolton Road and walk down to the park). Please check with GMPTE for the latest travel information and an interactive journey planner.

Train


The nearest rail station to Leverhulme Park is Bolton which is a 1.5 mile walk away.

Getting there on foot

There are multiple access points to the park, much of which is surrounded by easily accessible fields. The easiest is the main entrance where the Leverhulme Park centre is, off Long Lane. Alternative entrance points can be found at the junction of Radcliffe Road and Woodside Place, or at the junction of Blenheim Road and Bury Road.

Getting there by road

Leverhulme Park is situated off Long Lane. This can be accessed off the A58 Bury and Bolton Road and also the B6209 Radcliffe Road. Follow the brown tourist signs for Leverhulme Park. Postcode for sat navs is BL2 6EX.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at a local café - please come and join us.