The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Plas Heli Cyf, Pwllheli. The course is run entirely on sand. 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

Hafan Pwllheli 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 Hafan Pwllheli 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 entirely run on the beach over soft sand for the first section and then compact sand up to the turnaround point. Due to the proximity to the sea, seasonal tides may affect the exact ground track. Similarly sea weed and stones are likely to be encountered so care is needed.


Plas Heli is a large facility with showers, changing rooms, toilets & an indoor meeting area.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at Plas Heli Cyf.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Please visit the website to find available bus timetables.

Train: The nearest train station is Pwllheli.

Getting there on foot

From Pwllheli train station, turn left and walk down the pavement following the blue fencing. After 150 metres you will come to a small walk way bridge. Follow that round and with Plas Heli (large circular building) in your sites follow the signs for the parkrun.

From the Y Maes Bus Stop, head towards the taxi rank then follow the pavement with blue fencing. After 150 metres you will come to a small walk way bridge. Follow that round and with Plas Heli (large circular building) in your sites follow the signs for the parkrun.

Getting there by road

From the North: Enter Pwllheli on the A499 from Caernarfon. Take the first exit off the roundabout near ASDA and after 500m take the right turn over the bridge and level crossing then immediately straight ahead as the road bears sharp right.

From the South: Join the A470 at a convenient point and continue past Trawsfynydd; A487 to Porthmadog; A497 to Pwllheli. Entering Pwllheli 30 zone take first left over bridge and level crossing then immediately straight ahead as the road bears sharp right.

Parking: There is a Council carpark right next to the beach with the capacity of up to 80 cars with an over flow carpark on the other side of the road.

Post Run Coffee

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