The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Land's End, Penzance. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and cycle 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.
The Land’s End 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 lymediseaseuk.com for further details.
- Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
- 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 Land’s End parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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
The first part of the course is approximately one mile out and one mile back along the cycle path. Then just under three loops of the tarmac path. (Good weather course starts down by the First & Last House. Bad weather course starts by the wishing well.) Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
Toilets and a children’s play area as well as the famous Land’s End signpost. A hotel is also available on site for those who wish to stay the night before.
Location of start
The event starts down by the First & Last House. In bad weather the event starts by the wishing well.
Getting there by public transport
Bus: The First Group co-ordinate bus services from the main station in Penzance to Land’s End. The designated bus route is the A1. (At the time of writing this there is only one bus which will get you from Penzance in time for the start which leaves at 6.30am.) Please note that local bus services are irregular throughout the season so plan your bus travel in advance of your visit.
Train: The nearest train station is Penzance, so you will need to either get a bus (A1) or taxi from there to Land’s End. There is a bus stop on the complex.
Getting there on foot
If cycling: Go straight out of the train station car park onto the road, keeping the sea on your left, until you come to a mini roundabout. Turn right into Alexandra Road and cycle to the top. At this mini roundabout turn left onto Alverton Road until you get to the main A30. At the big roundabout turn left and keep cycling along the A30, going past the road to Sennen Cove and through Sennen village, beyond the First & Last Inn. You’ll find Land’s End at the very end of the A30 road. It’s about 9 miles from the train station to Land’s End.
If walking: There are pavements on one side of the road or the other from Sennen to Land’s End. Please use them.
Getting there by road
Once on the A30, which is mostly dual carriageway, travel westbound towards Redruth, Camborne and Hayle until you reach Penzance. In Penzance, look for signs marked Land’s End and follow the A30 for 9 miles until you reach the village of Sennen. In Sennen, travel through the village, past the road to Sennen Cove and beyond the First & Last Inn. You’ll find Land’s End at the very end of the A30 road.
Plenty of parking at Land's End - free for parkrunners! Anyone living in Cornwall can apply for a Local's Pass. Just bring along a passport-sized photo and proof of address. You'll get free parking all year round and 20% off all attractions at Land’s End.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!