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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. It's run in 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 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

We meet on the path between the football pitches and Blenheim Road, close to the gate near Lever Hall Road.

The start is on this path, heading towards the football pitches. After around 325 metres we turn right on the paths alongside the football pitches, following the path downhill to reach the bottom of Cinder Hill for the first time. Turning right at the bottom of the hill we follow the path to the left to a small rise alongside the river to the right. We enter a clearing with grass fields on both sides to reach steps at the bottom of Cruella deHill and climbing the few steps to the foot of the tarmac hill. Keeping right up Cruella and on the paths, crossing a 4 way path crossroads into a small out and back section, complete a u turn at the marshalled marker. Turn right at the crossroads by the playground and follow the path to the open gates, turning left to drop down Cinder Hill. This loop is completed twice, before turning right at the bottom of Cinder Hill where you first joined the loop. Follow the original path to arrive back at the football pitches and turn left where you see the finish. Complete the course by running the out and back section, passing the start. The finish takes a small left turn into a finish funnel.


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

Getting there by public transport


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.


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.