All 5k events in this country are currently suspended due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). For further details please see here.

The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. It's run in Bught Park, Inverness on grass with a very short section on a dirt car park.. 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 Inverness 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.
  • 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 a dog, but please keep the dog on a short lead or short 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 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Inverness 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 of Inverness parkrun features 3 anti-clockwise laps of Bught Park.
The start is at the south end of the park perimeter, running parallel to Bught Drive. A left turn leads to a long straight between an avenue of trees and the park perimeter on Bught Road, turning left at the north end of the park again behind a line of trees. Cross the park to the chain link fence surrounding the shinty park, and continue around this fence, through the football pitch, to the dirt car park at the end of Bught Drive. Turn right to follow the car park edge before turning left towards the southwest corner of the park to complete lap one. Lap two is the same with lap three finishing on the straight opposite the Florians Theatre.


Getting There

Location of start

The start is located opposite Inverness Ice Centre IV3 5SR, beside Bught Drive on the south side of Bught Park.

Getting there by public transport

The Stagecoach No. 3 bus stops on Glenurquhart Road a few minutes' walk from either park.

Getting there on foot

Bught park is about 1 mile from Inverness town centre and 1.5 miles from the rail and bus stations, and can be reached by walking along the west side of the River Ness. Whin Park is about 200m further along the riverside.

Getting there by road

The park can be approached driving out of Inverness by taking a left off the A82 (Glenurquhart Road) on Bught Drive or Bught Road (beside the canal), or by following Ness Walk to Bught Road along the river. On a Saturday morning parking at the leisure centre is very busy and we'd prefer that you do not leave your car within the Park. Some parking is available around the Park (especially on Bught Road south of the Park) or there is plenty of parking at the Canal Park rugby pitches (on the right side of Bught Road).

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Floral Hall Coffee Shop, Bught Lane, Inverness - please come and join us.