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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 in Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline. 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 Dunfermline 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 Dunfermline 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 run starts in the north-west corner of Pittencrieff Park, near the Pittencrieff Street car park and entrance. The route is undulating and starts with a slight incline towards the starting straight in the direction of the Glen Pavilion and the beginning of 3 anticlockwise loops. There is a long downward slope to the bottom of the loop and a shorter uphill section. The route is scenic with views of Dunfermline Abbey and bridges of the River Forth in the distance. It is run fully on tarmac paths and takes in a number of Pittencrieff Park’s many attractions, including Pittencrieff House, woodland areas and the Glen Pavilion. The finish line is on the straight section close to the start.


Free public toilets (including disabled) are available in the park, near the Pavilion, see course map for location.
There is a large free car park accessed from the Pittencrieff Park (KY12 8QH) entrance.
Children’s play areas.
Café with soft play area for under 5’s (opens 10am).

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in the north-west corner of Pittencrieff Park, near the Pittencrieff Street car park and entrance.

Getting there by public transport

There is a regular bus service operated by Stagecoach in Fife that stops on Moodie Street and Pittencrieff Street.
Dunfermline’s bus station, situated on Queen Anne Street, is only a 5 minute walk from the Louise Carnegie entrance at the bottom of Bridge Street.

Getting there on foot

Pittencrieff Park is located in the west of Dunfermline city centre. It is signposted from the bus and rail stations. Known locally as ‘the Glen’ it has several entrances, the main entrance being the Louise Carnegie gates at the bottom of Bridge Street, which is a continuation of the High Street.

Getting there by road

Postcode KY12 8QH. Free parking is available in the park’s main car park at the Pittencrieff Street entrance. Limited parking is also available inside the park both behind and to the west of the Glen Pavilion.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Peacock Rooms, Glen Pavilion, Pittencrieff Park KY12 8QH - please come and join us!