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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Bowling Park, Bradford. 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 Bowling Park 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 Bowling Park parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes 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

Starting at the children’s playground, the route heads up the hill. Two and a half clockwise laps and then turns right up the hill to finish close the Lodge cafe.

Facilities

  • Toilets: There are public toilets at the top of the park, at the Pitch and Putt Hut.
  • Fenced in Play Area: Free to use, open 24 hours. No entry allowed to persons over 14 unless supervising a child.
  • Bowls: Open 10.00-16.00, Tuesday - Sunday, April - October. Anyone can use the bowling green. You pay your bowls fee onsite at the bowls hut which is run by the Bowls Club. Standard charges apply. If you are interested in joining the bowls club please contact the club direct.
  • Tennis: Anyone can use the tennis courts. Standard charges apply.
  • Pitch & Putt: Free to play, anyone can turn up and play. Your own equipment is required.
  • Sports Pitch: Open 24 hours. Free to use, but charges apply for club use. These pitches are let out to various teams. If you are interested in letting this pitch for club use please email landscape.services@bradford.gov.uk for further information. Please be aware the pitches are probably booked up by teams on the weekend, and that a waiting list applies.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the children's playground.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Buses 253, 620, 624 and 618 all stop on Bowling Hall Road for easy access to the park. For bus timetable information contact Metro on 0113 2457676 or visit the West Yorkshire Metro website.

Train: The nearest train station is Bradford Interchange.

Getting there on foot

From ASDA carpark there is a footpath at the northwest end of the car park which leads to Burras Road. Walk to the end of Burras Road and turn left onto Bowling Hall Road. Bowling Park is on the left.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is BD4 7TL.

From the M62, turn onto the M606. At the end of the M606, turn right onto the A6177, Rooley Lane (Bradford Ring Road, East). After approx. 1 mile turn left onto Bowling Hall Road immediately after Bowling Hall Medical Centre. Bowling Park is on the left hand side.

From Bradford city centre head onto Manchester Road. Turn left onto Mill Lane. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Prospect Street. Turn right onto Hall Lane, follow the road uphill, then turn right at Bowling Hall Road. Bowling Park is on your right hand side.

There is parking on the roads around Bowling Park. Please be considerate towards local residents when parking on the road. Please do not block private drives etc. There is also parking available at Asda, Rooley Lane for parkrunners using the store.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Lodge cafe, Bowling Park - please come and join us!