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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 Central Park, Plymouth. 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

Central parkrun, Plymouth 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.
  • 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 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 Central parkrun, Plymouth 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 start and finish is by the Meadow Cafe, near the clocktower within the park. The route is entirely on paved paths. A short out and back past the mini golf, down the hill towards the tree lined avenue, another out and back towards Pounds House, down the tree lined avenue, back up the hill and repeat the out and back past the mini golf to the finish line at the cafe.


Toilet facilities are available outside the Meadow Cafe. A children’s play area is available at the rear.
Central Park has an excellent range of leisure facilities including a free to use skatepark and baseball ground. Also availlable are pay as you play tennis courts, mini/foot/frisbee golf, sports pitches, bowling greens and a full range of indoor gym and sports facilities and swimming pools available for a fee within Plymouth Life Centre.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts by the Meadow Cafe, near the clocktower.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Alight by the Life Centre at the junction of Outland Road and Alma Road on services 11, 12, 12A, 16, 33, 34, 43, 50, 72 or by the train station on the number 70. Services 35, 35A, 61 and 62 stop a short walk away in Peverell. Head towards the Life Centre, the large yellow building.
Central Park is approximately one mile from the city centre if travelling from beyond Plymouth on national coach services.

Train: The nearest train station is Plymouth. Exit the station to the right and walk up the hill along Alma Road towards Central Park. There are a number of entrances to the park; head uphill towards the Meadow Cafe.

Getting there on foot

Follow signs towards Plymouth Argyle or the Life Centre. If walking from the city centre, head north on Armada Way, pass the train station on your right and walk up the hill along Alma Road towards Central Park. There are a number of entrances to the park; head uphill towards the Meadow Cafe.

Getting there by road

SATNAV for parking is PL2 3DA.

If arriving from the east or west via the A38, or from the north via the A386, take the Manadon roundabout exit and follow signs to Plymouth Argyle. At the Manadon roundabout head south along the A386 (Outland Road) until you reach the entrance to Milehouse park and ride, adjacent to Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park stadium and Plymouth Life Centre (the large yellow building).

Parking is free and available 24/7. The car park is a short 5 minute walk to the start; make your way up the slope towards the life centre, past the clock tower on the island and meet at the rear of the Meadow Cafe in the park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Meadow Café where parkrunners receive a 10% discount with a barcode - please come and join us!