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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Jesmond Dene, Newcastle upon Tyne. 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

The Jesmond Dene 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.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • The route is not suitable for buggies and wheelchairs due to the steps.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Jesmond Dene 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 starts and finishes just above Millfield House near Pet’s Corner and runs through the dene on a path parallel to Red Walk. It follows a few left and right turns, taking you round to 21 steps and a steep hill up to Paddy Freeman’s Park. There is a big loop followed by a small loop of this park before descending a steep hill and back along the path to the finish.
The route is not suitable for buggies and wheelchairs due to the steps. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.


Millfield House has toilets open from 08:00, there is also a café. Other toilets are available in the park.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts just above Millfield House near Pet’s Corner.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: From Haymarket bus station - buses 6, 51, 52, 57, 306, 307, 308 or 309. Get off at Cradlewell/Jesmond Road, next to a stone wall, and just before the road tunnel. Walk downhill and bear off left at the turn, and you’ll come to Armstrong Bridge. Turn left down the hill towards the Millfield House café.

From the Monument, John Dobson Street or the west end of Newcastle - bus number 38. Get off either at Jesmond Road (as above, for the south end of the Dene and Armstrong Bridge), or stay on until Freeman Hospital (for Paddy Freeman’s) and walk through the Dene, following Dene directions for Pet's Corner.

Metro: Millfield House is approx. a 15 minute walk from Jesmond Metro, come straight out of Jesmond Metro Station and turn left down Jesmond Road, stay on Jesmond Road until the pavement stops, then follow the signs to Jesmond Dene.

Getting there on foot

Accessible from Jesmond Road/Benton Bank, near the Coast Road A1058 and Jesmond Dene Road.
From Jesmond Road/Benton Bank, go over the Armstrong Bridge, and turn into the main entrance into Jesmond Dene and walk down the hill towards Pet's Corner and Millfield House Café.

Getting there by road

If using sat nav the postcode is NE7 7BQ.

From the A1058, there are signs directly to Jesmond Dene. However parking in Jesmond Dene is extremely limited. Please park on Jesmond Dene Road or Benton Bank, below the flyover, where there is limited pay and display parking. There is a 2-minute walk to the starting line. There is a small car park in Paddy Freeman’s Park.
Please note the streets around the Dene are primarily residential with parking permits. Please park considerately.

Post Run Coffee

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