The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Drumpellier Country Park, Coatbridge. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and trail 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 Drumpellier Country 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.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or 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 also 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.
  • 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Drumpellier Country 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

Two laps on a mixture of tarmac and trail with the start and finish near the ‘Crannog’ play area.

Facilities

Before the event, toilets are available at Lochview Family Golf Centre (ML5 2HX), just 1km from the start. After the event, toilets and cafe are available in the Drumpellier Visitor Centre which opens from 10am.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts near the ‘Crannog’ play area.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: McGill’s service 245 between Coatbridge and Moodiesburn - stop at Townhead Golf Club on Townhead Road (or may drop you outside Drumpellier Park).

Train: There are two rail stations: Blairhill which is a 1.3 mile walk to the start and Gartcosh which is a 1.5 mile walk to the start. See "Getting there on foot" for details.

Getting there on foot

Entering the park from Townhead Road, turn left away from the visitor centre and follow the main path, past the car park towards the ‘Crannog’ play area.

Entering the park from Blair Road, follow the main tarmac road under the railway line and through the park until you reach the loch, then turn right to follow path to start point opposite ‘Crannog’ play area.

Entering the park from Gartcosh Road (A752) - follow path to loch then head for east end of loch as above.

Getting there by road

If using SatNav, the nearest postcode is ML5 2EH. Other postcodes may bring you in from the Blairhill, Coatbridge side where parking is limited.

From Coatbridge town centre - take Sunnyside Road/Gartsherrie Road (or Bank Street/Blair Road) towards Gartcosh/A752, following Townhead Road then turning left into Drumpellier Country Park just before joining A752.

From South or from West & Glasgow - follow M74 to J4, then follow M73 until J2A. From North: head for Glasgow M80, turning off at J4 to M73, then take J2A.

From East, follow M8 until J8 (Baillieston Interchange) then take M73 Northbound until J2A.

From M73 J2A slip - take 1st exit towards Gartcosh/loch, then take 2nd exit A752 through/past Gartcosh, 1st exit on mini roundabout, leave village then continue approx 1 mile on A752, taking a left towards Coatbridge then first right into park.

Substantial parking is available within the country park when entering and turning left from Townhead Road. Additional parking is also available on your right hand side when entering the park

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Drumpellier Country Park Café - please come and join us!