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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 Varley Park, Stockport and is run on a combination of grass and good quality 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 Burnage 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 Burnage 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 a short out and back along the river Mersey then two anti clockwise large loops before coming into the finish near the start line. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac, gravel and hard paths. In wet weather the paths can have mud and standing water. There are some steps on the course which you go up twice.

Facilities

We meet at Burnage Rugby Club which has toilet facilities for parkrunners to use. They also serve refreshments and breakfast sandwiches. Free car parking is available at the Rugby Club.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on the path adjacent to the river Mersey behind the rugby field at Burnage Rugby Club, Varley Park, Battersea Road, Stockport, SK4 3EA.

Getting there by public transport

We're 15 minutes walk from East Didsbury train station, 10 minutes walk from East Didsbury tram stop and 5 minutes walk from the local bus stop. Alight the bus at the Griffin Pub bus stop on the 23, 24A, 42, 42A, 84, 179 or 370 buses.

Getting there on foot

You'll find us just off Pennine Trail adjacent to Parrs Wood High School or through the industrial estate off Didsbury Road and Station Road.

Getting there by road

Take the junction 4 exit from the M60 on to Kingsway, then Didsbury Road to Stockport, follow the Burnage RFC sign posts right at the lights after the Griffin pub into Station Road, follow the sign posts into Battersea Road and continue until you get to the end which is the entrance to Burnage RFC.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Burnage RFC clubhouse - please come and join us.