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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Heartlands, Pool, Redruth. The course is run on a mixture of 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

The Heartlands 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.
  • 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.
  • We do allow dogs, but this is not recommended for cani-cross due to the winding and narrow route.
  • Participants are welcome to bring buggies, but again, there are some narrow sections which may be difficult.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Heartlands 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

The course is flat, mostly on tarmac, with a short section of stone/gravel trail. It comprises 3 laps. The start and finish are co-located, close to Heartlands (Red River) café. The laps take in the attractive ‘international’ garden areas, the adventure play area, the old mineworks, and the open paths of the site. The trail/mineworks section is slightly narrow. No point of the course is further than 400m from the start, and this together with the flat firm surface makes it ideal for novice runners or walkers.

We do allow dogs, but this is not recommended for cani-cross due to the winding and narrow route.
Participants are welcome to bring buggies, but again, there are some narrow sections which may be difficult.


There is on-site parking, a café, toilets (with disabled provision), bicycle parking, a free English Heritage tin mining museum which is well-worth a visit and a children’s adventure play area. The on-site Red River café offers the perfect venue for a post-run drink, bite and chat with fellow parkrunners. Quality of food and drink is first class and there is a strong emphasis on healthy options.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts close to the Heartlands (Red River) café.

Getting there by public transport

Redruth and Camborne stations, within a few miles of Heartlands, are both on the main London-Penzance line. There are frequent bus services in the area (numbers T1 and T2 passing on Trevenson Road).

Getting there on foot

Heartlands is easily accessible on foot or by bicycle. From the main Camborne-Pool-Redruth-Illogan road, the site can be approached from west or east ends or in the middle (Dudnance Lane, Trevenson Road or Station Road). All of these give easy, direct access to the briefing/start/finish area.

Getting there by road

Use postcode TR15 3FB for satnav.

The Heartlands site is located in Pool, close to the A30. There is a large on-site car park. Cost per vehicle is £2 for up to 2 hours or £3/day and this can be reclaimed against a purchase in the café, effectively making it free.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Red River Café - please come and join us!