The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port. The course is run on a mixture of grass, 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 Ellesmere Port 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 Ellesmere Port 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


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Course Description

The course is a 2 lap clockwise route of Whitby Park which starts outside the main hall. The car park is just a few yards from the bandstand and you should aim to park the opposite side of the car park to the playground. The course heads down the main pathway from the Hall towards the bandstand where you will pass around to the left of the bandstand and turn right to head towards the first marker at the back of a nestle of trees. Pass the trees and head diagonally right towards the second marker found at a small bridge which takes you through the hedge to the second field. Once you pass over the bridge, go straight ahead to the third marker at the far side of the field and turn right to go behind the hedge. The pathway then heads into the small wood with residential houses on your left. Immediately on exiting the wooded area turn right and at approx. 100 yards you will turn right at the red bollards and do a short out and back loop and then carry back on in a straight line towards the far end of the park, passing the back of the hall on your right hand side. You will approach the fourth marker indicating a right turn to run through some lovely older trees with the tennis courts on your right. Head towards the fifth marker which is placed adjacent to the small Marie Curie Field of Hope on your left. Bear left diagonally towards the nestle of trees at far corner of the park, adjacent to the playground. Pass behind the trees and come back on yourself towards the skatepark where you will join the main pathway at the climbing wall, taking a left turn at the sixth marker and pass by the wild garden on your left. Continue on the pathway with the Hall on your left back to the start for a second loop. On your final lap you will end by continuing through the start line and then straight off onto the grass to the right of the path and into the finish funnel.

Facilities

Toilets are located behind the main Hall but please bear in mind that they are not always available. There is a free car park and also free parking in the roads that surround the park. There is an enclosed children’s play area adjacent to the car park and also a skate park, climbing wall, tennis courts and bowling green.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts outside the main hall.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The main bus depot is in Ellesmere Port Town Centre and just a few minutes walk from Whitby Park. On leaving the bus station, head towards the Fire Station on Wellington Road. Pass the Fire Station on your left and turn left at the traffic lights. Whitby Park is approx. 50m on your right.

Train: The nearest train station is Ellesmere Port which is approx. 1 mile away. On exiting the train station you should head along the A5032 Whitby Road towards the Town Centre passing the Civic Hall on your left. On reaching the main cross roads with the police station opposite, turn left and Whitby Park is approx. 100m on the right hand side. Please see the Mersey Rail website for more details.

Getting there on foot

Whitby Park main entrance is located on Stanney Lane opposite the EPIC Leisure Centre however it is also openly bordered by Park Drive and Thamesdale which can be used to enter the park. The start line is in front of the main Hall which is in the centre of the park.

Getting there by road

If you are using Sat Nav the nearest postcode is CH65 6QY. The entrance to the car park is on Stanney Lane, opposite to the EPIC Leisure Centre.
If you are coming from the M53/Cheshire Oaks, follow the signs for Ellesmere Port Town Centre which will take you along Stanney Lane. After about 2km you will pass The Grace Arms public house on your right and the park on your left. You will turn left just after the traffic lights into the park.
If you are using the A41 from either Chester or the Wirral, please turn into Sutton Way at the large cross roads/traffic lights at Great Sutton and head towards Ellesmere Port Town Centre. Continue along Sutton Way until you reach another cross roads with the UCEA Academy on your right. Go through the traffic lights and the entrance to Whitby Park is approx 100m on your right hand side.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!