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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 Callendar park and run on mixed surfaces, including forest 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 Falkirk 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 lymediseaseuk.com 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Falkirk 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 Falkirk parkrun course is an undulating, picturesque route within Callendar Park. The course starts on gravel at Callendar House, then moves to trail paths through woods, then on to tarmac through a golf course, finally coming back onto trail paths, up a wee hill and through the woods back to the gravel and the start.

Facilities

Toilets are limited to one portaloo costing 10p per time. Toilets are situated behind the snack kiosk.

Getting There

Location of start

We start in front of Callendar house.

Getting there by public transport

By train: Falkirk is served by the main Glasgow/Edinburgh train line via Falkirk High Station. Trains from Stirling, Alloa and Perth will pass through Falkirk Grahamston. Both train stations are within 1 mile of Callendar Park. By bus: Falkirk and the surrounding area are well served with bus routes. Falkirkâ?™s main bus station is a mere 10 minute walk to Callendar Park.

Getting there on foot

Enter the park and keep walking past the carpark on your right. When you get to the main path, turn left and walk about half a mile till you get to Callendar House

Getting there by road

Due to its central location, Falkirk can be easily reached using the motorway network: Stirling and the North: Use the M9 south and leave at junction 6. Turn right past the Honda garage then take the 3rd exit from Earls Gate roundabout towards Falkirk. At Falkirk stadium roundabout turn left then follow signs for Callendar Park. The park is well sign posted from the motorway junction via the brown information signs. Glasgow and the West: Use the A80/M80 past Cumbernauld then join the M876 following signs for Falkirk at Haggs then continue on M876 until merging with the M9 southbound. Follow directions as per Stirling and the North. Edinburgh and the East: Leave the M9 at junction 5 and take the 1st exit of Inchyra roundabout and follow signs for A9 Falkirk. Callendar Park is sign posted from the motorway junction via the brown information signs. Please use the main car park at Callendar Park as the small woodland car park will not accommodate a mass amount of cars. Also respect the local residents car parking in and around the High Flats (disabled spaces, residents parking). Please park responsibly.

Post Run Coffee

Please join us for a post run coffee at Callendar House, Callendar Rd, Falkirk FK1 1YR.