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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 Blackburn Park, Limavady. 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 Limavady 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 lymediseaseuk.com 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 Limavady 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 is 3 laps around the park clockwise, the footpaths are tarmac and there are two very small incline hills, the course is otherwise very flat. The start line is marked by a large sign on the side of the footpath, you head north towards the bus station and before reaching the end of the parks boundaries you turn right and head towards children’s play area (incline of a small hill) and back to the start line. It’s a 3 half lap fast course ending just before the kids playing area.

Facilities

Free car parking, showers, changing area, swimming pool, disabled facilities, steam room, gym and coffee shop, children’s soft play area all located at Roe Valley Leisure Centre.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts by a large sign on the side of the footpath in Blackburn Park.

Getting there by public transport

The Ulsterbus station is across from the park so simply get off at the bus station, and walk 200 meters to the entrance to the park, and walk to the top end of the park to the start of the parkrun. Please see the TransLink website for timetables and routes to Limavady.

Getting there on foot

Blackburn Park is situated in the centre of Limavady town centre so walking by foot is simple. Just make your way either to the bus station/Tesco and the park is beside Tesco’s/bus station. Walking from Roe valley leisure centre will take less than 5 minutes.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is BT49 0ND (Roe Valley Leisure Centre).
Follow directions to Limavady town centre and once you arrive follow the signs to Roe Valley Leisure centre, park your car at the centre and walk to Blackburn Park which is located 500 meters from the centre. Cross the road using the traffic light pass the 3G pitches towards Roe Valley Hospital and you will see a sign, saying Blackburn Park, which is the marker for the start of the parkrun.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Roe valley Leisure centre Café - please come and join us!