The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Hillsborough Park, Sheffield. The course is run entirely on 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

Hillsborough 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 lymediseaseuk.com 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 Hillsborough 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

A separate starting & short finishing straight is in the centre of this three lap clockwise course. A flat start takes you the corner by the children’s playground. Turn right and then around the main event square, a left turn around the tennis courts and then the fun starts. A small incline past the duck pond is the first challenge; around the bend & past Stephen’s Corner and then a second small climb takes you to the top of the park. Follow the paths to the right, past the library and a quick short descent to the next of the 3 laps. At the end of the third lap, a fork right & it’s back down the finishing straight. Challenging & fun !

Facilities

  • Parking: The main car park is charged at 70p per hour. Limited on street parking is available in designated parking bays (either 1 or 2 hours free, depending on the road). Please be considerate to local residents.

Getting There

Location of start

The start & finishing straight are to the right of the car park & is easily visible.

Getting there by public transport

By Tram: Hillsborough Park tram stop is on the yellow route to Middlewood.

By Bus: Hillsborough Park is served by several bus routes, with the most frequent being the 20 and 53 First Mainline services. Route 20 runs past the park on Middlewood Road, while the 53 route follows Penistone Road.

See http://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/journeyplanning/ for more information.

Getting there on foot

The park is a five minute walk from Hillsborough shopping centre and a two minute walk from Middlewood shops. There are multiple entrances into the park

Getting there by road

From the North use M1 junction 36 into Tankersley then follow the A61 Halifax Road then onto the B6079 Leppings Lane. The park car park is on the right hand side across from Hillsborough Stadium.

From the South use M1 junction 33 then follow A57 Parkway into Sheffield City Centre then A61 Derek Dooley Way, Gibraltar Street, Penistone Road. The park is on the left hand side 400m after Owlerton Stadium.

If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is S6 4HD.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in one of the following nearby cafes. The cafe's around the park aren't large enough to accommodate everyone but you will find parkrunners in: Costa Coffee, 301-305 Middlewood Road, Hillsborough, S6 1TG - Riverside Café, Catchbar Lane, Hillsborough, S6 2LX - Jam's Café, 181 Middlewood Road, S6 4HD - please come and join us!