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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 Garscadden Woods East, Drumchapel, Glasgow. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and gravel 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 Drumchapel 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 Drumchapel 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 route consists of three laps clockwise around the paths of Garscadden Woods East. The woods provide fantastic views and a beautiful setting. In spring there is an abundance of bluebells, explaining the local name of Bluebell Woods. The paths are gravel and tarmac and while wide enough for passing are quite narrow. There are challenging hills (which explain the views), but also good downhills to recover!

Starting on the top path at the end heading out to the Drummore Road east entrance and heading west, the course takes the first left down the twisting path. At the bottom of the hill, there is a right turn onto the low path which continues straight on to the first uphill. At the top, the route follows the path straight on down the winding section to the Peel Glen Road end of the woods and turns right to head up the second hill. The next section is a long gradual downhill to the junction with the path that leads to Drummore Road. That is one lap completed. Repeat this loop twice more. On the third lap, the route does not turn down the path to Drummore Road, but continues straight on to the finish line.


There are no toilet facilities at the event.

St. Mark’s Church at 281 Kinfauns Drive, G15 7BD will be open from 10am for use of the facilities including the café. It is approximately 1km from the Drummore Road entrance to Garscadden Woods East.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the top path at the end heading out to the Drummore Road east entrance.

Getting there by public transport

Drumchapel train station is just over 2k from the start.

Bearsden train station is 1.7k from the start.

Services run regularly from Glasgow city centre to both stations.

Various buses travel to Drumchapel from Glasgow city centre. Services that have stops closest to the start are First Bus numbers 3, 6A and 60, which stop on Kinfauns Drive at Drummore Road.

Details at the traveline scotland webiste.

Getting there on foot

The start line is on the top path at the end heading out to the Drummore Road east entrance. This can be easily accessed from either of the Drummore Road entrances to the wood, and is only a short walk from there. There is also access by foot from Peel Glen Road which is 1k from the start.

From Drumchapel train station, exit to the north and continue to Drumchapel Road. Head east on Drumchapel Road then take a left onto Kinfauns Drive. After 60m turn right into the wooded area skirting Colquohoun Park and head north to Drummore Road. Cross over the road to enter the woods.

From Bearsden train station, follow Station Road west to Drummore Road and turn left. After 40m, enter the woods on the right hand side.

From the bus stop at the end of Drummore Road, head north and continue on Drummore Road for 500m to the woods entrance.

Getting there by road

If using sat nav, use postcode G15 7LG.

From Glasgow City Centre, take the A82 (Great Western Road) west and exit onto Duntreath Avenue in Drumchapel. Head north, straight through the roundabout, onto Kinfauns Drive. Follow this as it bears right and take a left at Peel Glen Road. Take the second right onto Drummore Road and follow it to the entrance to the woods.

Alternatively, take the A81 (Maryhill Road) west to Canniesburn Toll roundabout. Head straight on to Drymen Road, bearing right at the first set of traffic lights. Take a left onto Station Road just before Bearsden train station. Follow Station Road west to Drummore Road and turn left. Follow the road round to the right to the entrance to the woods.

There is parking on the road at the Drummore Road entrance near Camstradden Primary School. The other entrances are not suitable for parking.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in St. Mark’s Church Café, 281 Kinfauns Drive. G15 7BD - please come and join us!