The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Kings Park Athletic Stadium, Bournemouth. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, grass and off-road 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

Bournemouth parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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 one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • 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 Bournemouth 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 consists of one small lap and two large laps with a short dash to take participants to the finish. It is run in an anti-clockwise direction on firm, mainly flat tarmac paths and small sections of compacted earth. There are undulations and short sections of uneven ground with tree roots to avoid. Fast times can be expected!

The start is on the grass at the rear of the Athletics Stadium. The route heads along the grass before meeting a tarmac path for 100m. A 90 degree left onto the grass and then the route then turns left (at ‘The Split’) back onto tarmac, around the park to complete the small loop.

The route continues on tarmac and then turns left past the containers and the play park, along another tarmac path. Participants do the same route as before until they again reach ‘The Split’, where they now turn right and down a short hill. Turning left into ‘The Woods’ for less than 100m of gravel and compacted earth (mind the tree roots here). Back onto tarmac, follow the route up ‘The Hill’ (It’s about 50m long and a gradual incline) all the way to ‘Sweepers Corner’, then turn left again and head for another left turn at ‘Katie’s Corner’. Compacted gravel takes you along a path and then through ‘The Dip’, up a grass hill where you turn right back onto tarmac to complete the first big lap.

Complete the big lap for the second time before turning right through the trees for the last 100m dash down the grass to the finish! The whole route is signed, with marshals on all the key points.


Toilet facilities are available.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on the grass at the rear of the Athletics Stadium.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: There are buses including 1a/1b/1c which run every 20 mins on a Saturday morning between Bournemouth and Christchurch along Christchurch Road, just get off the bus at Gloucester Road and walk along that road for 1/4 mile and the Kings Park Athletic Stadium is right in front of you. Please see the attached map.

Train: Pokesdown train station is approx 1/2 mile walk, from the station just walk along Christchurch Road towards Bournemouth, in 1/4 mile turn right into Gloucester Road then same as above.

Getting there on foot

Kings Park is off the main A35 Christchurch Road with numerous routes into the park. The Athletics Stadium is next door to AFC Bournemouth’s Football Stadium

Getting there by road

Kings Park and AFC Bournemouth Football Stadium are signposted off the A338 Wessex Way, access by car is from Ashley Road too.
Parking is free on the park roads but there is a charge if you park in the main football pay & display car-park (50p for 1 hr, £1 for 2 hrs). Please do not park in the Athletics Stadium Car-Park or Lorry Park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the café inside the stadium - please come and join us!