The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Haigh Country Park, Haigh, Wigan. The course is run on a mixture of woodland paths and tarmac 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

Haigh Woodland 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 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 Haigh Woodland 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

Starting near the children’s play area, the course heads out past the crazy golf and onto the woodland paths. Following the paths the course crosses the miniature railway twice. You then come off the woodland path, turning left onto the main disused driveway. This is a downhill section, keep going over the canal bridge then turn left just after the pig pen. You are now back onto woodland paths that can get muddy, but it is beautiful and fun. As you come out of the woods, you cross the driveway and back into the woods on the opposite side. Here is where the course gently starts an incline. When you emerge from the woodlands, you turn left back onto the driveway, and up back over the canal bridge, this time stay left to follow the woodland path back up the hill. This path then crosses the driveway, where you go back along the path you took out for the first 1k, however, as you get to the top, you take a slight right, then left, to finish on a straight. The course is challenging, fun and rewarding, set in beautiful surroundings with lots to see en route.


Toilets, Car park (£1.50 for 90mins and £3 all day), Café, Children's play area.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts near the children’s play area.

Getting there by public transport

From Wigan, there are buses to:
Wigan Road and it's a short, pleasant walk down the canal to the Park.
St David's Crescent for a 15-20 minute walk down Haigh Road and Copperas Lane (do not take this walk in rainy or darkened conditions and take extra care at all times when walking down Copperas Lane since there is no pavement).

The nearest mainline train station to Haigh is Wigan North Western

Getting there on foot

Same as bus routes.

Getting there by road

If approaching from the M6, take the A49 towards Standish, then the B5239 to Haigh.
Look out for the B5239 and Aspull, then Haigh, when leaving the M61.

Alternatively, Haigh Country Park can easily be found close to the two main A roads, the A6 and the A49.
The B roads to look for are the B5238 and the B5239.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Haigh Woodland Park café - please come and join us!