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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 The Ashton Memorial, Williamson Park, Lancaster. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, trail paths and woodland steps . 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 Lancaster 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.
  • The course is mainly tarmac with a trail section with some woodland steps. The steps have a slope alongside so it is possible to run the course with a buggy, although sections of Fenham Carr will be difficult in wet weather.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Lancaster 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 consists of two loops, mainly on tarmaced paths, with a gravel surfaced section along the Fenham Carr Woodland trail.
It starts outside the café heading out past the butterfly house on your left. At the bottom of the first slope bear right to pass below the Ashton Memorial and head toward the Quernmore Road entrance. Here take a sharp right and then keep left to make your way up to the entrance to the Woodland trail.
Take a left through the gate and turn left and follow the course right round the perimeter of the park, past the reservoir, and follow the woodland steps back to the entrance/exit. Once out onto tarmac again turn left and head back to the Pavilion Café for your second lap.
The second lap has an added section at the end of the first slope where you will carry straight on through the “grandstand” before joining the course again just past the Ashton Memorial. You then follow the same route and on this last lap run past the café and turn right to finish in front of the Ashton Memorial.


Parking in the main car park is free until 10:30am as long as a parkrun barcode is displayed in the vehicle. Toilets are available in the Café. A free children’s play area is available.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts outside the café.

Getting there by public transport

The park is served by the number 18 bus service from Lancaster city centre.

Getting there on foot

Williamson Park is located near the centre of Lancaster. On foot the park can be accessed from Quernmore Road, Wyresdale Road or Fenham Carr Lane.

There are bicycle racks both near the café as well as in the disabled car park

Getting there by road

Leave the M6 at junction 33 or 34 and follow the signs for Lancaster City Centre. Once in the city follow tourist information signs for 'Ashton Memorial' or 'Butterfly House'. There are two pay and display car parks in Williamson Park. Please use the main car park at Wyresdale Road (SatNav LA1 3DY). Disabled parking is available, accessed from Quernmore Road (SatNav LA1 3JT). On road parking is available at both locations but please check for restrictions

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Pavilion Café, Williamson Park - please come and join us!