The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Cooper Park, Elgin. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and concrete 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

Elgin parkrun 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.
  • 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 one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • 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 Elgin 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 features 2 clockwise laps in a "pan handle" shape. Starting to the north of the pavilion / pond area, each lap runs around a large loop within the main area of the park then an out and back on the new path that runs west on a flood protection embankment. Runners complete one lap when they pass through the start area to commence lap 2. At the end of lap 2 the finish is approx 30 metres before start area


There is car parking available within Cooper Park. Further car parking is available in Lossie Green Car Park adjacent to the Town Hall and Community Centre just 2 minutes from Cooper Park. Car Parking charges will apply.

There are public toilets within the Park that are open April - September. There will also be toilets available within the Cooper Park Pavilion if required.

There is a large children’s play area situated within Cooper Park and the magnificent Elgin Cathedral lies at the entrance to the east of the Park.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts to the north of the pavilion / pond area.

Getting there by public transport

Elgin is well served by Public Transport with a Bus Station and Train Station within close proximity of Cooper Park.

Getting there on foot

Cooper Park is a 2 minute walk from Elgin Bus Station. Cross the main road at the traffic lights near Halfords and continue into Cooper Park passing Elgin Library on the right. Continue towards the pavilion in the centre of the Park for the event start.

Cooper Park is approximately a 10 minute walk from Elgin Train Station. Exit the station and proceed left up Hay Street. Continue past 2 roundabouts to a 3rd roundabout at TESCO. Bear right passing the Bus Station on your right, cross the main road at the traffic lights near Halfords and continue into Cooper Park passing Elgin Library on the right. Continue towards the pavilion in the centre of the Park for the event start.

Getting there by road

The park is located a short distance from the main A96 road through the town. Turn north at the roundabout next to Halfords and the Town Hall onto A941 towards Lossiemouth. Turn first right into Lossie Wynd to access the park and use parking there or turn first left into larger community centre car park (chargeable).

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Cobbs Cafe, Elgin Library, Cooper Park - please come and join us!