The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. 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

Ellesmere Port 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.
  • 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 lymediseaseuk.com 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 Ellesmere Port 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 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 the rear of residential houses on your left. Immediately on exiting the wooded area turn right and at approx. 50 yards you will turn right at some small yellow flags back into the woods to do a short out and back loop turning right at the red bollards 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 Stone on your right. 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

Nearest toilets are located next to the Asda car park which is approx. 0.5km away. 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 event 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 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.

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 Church of England College on your right. Go through the traffic lights and the entrance to Whitby Park is approx 150m 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!