The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Gibside, Gateshead. The course is run on a mixture of concrete 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 Gibside 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 Gibside 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

Course Description

Starting at the top of the walkway from the car park runners head along past the NT Offices (on the right), along past the walled garden towards The Avenue. They then head left along the avenue follow the path up towards the stables.
Once past the stables head to the left and run down the path towards the Lily Pond. Take the first right up the trail path towards the Column to Liberty. At the top of the path run under the Column and head straight down the path taking 2 right turns towards the Wildlife Hide.
Runners go past the Hide and turn to the right back onto the main path, and head along towards the stable block. They then follow the path up away from the Stables towards the West Wood. Once up at the West Wood turn around and head all the way back down past the Stables on your left, along The Avenue finishing on the grass at the side of the Walled Garden.
Runners are advised to keep to the left when running this route.

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Free parking

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the top of the walkway up from the car park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: 45 & 46 ‘Red Kite’ & 47 stop near by.

Getting there on foot

From Rowlands Gill: Follow the A694 past the school and continue past the caravan park to Gibside which will be on your left.
From Burnopfield: Heading West from the Front Street, turn right on to New Road continue down the bank to Gibside which will be on your left.

Getting there by road

Come off the A1 and take the Blaydon/Consett turn off onto the A694 through Winlaton Mill and Rowlands Gill past the caravan park to Gibside.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Gibside cafe - please come and join us!