Please do not attend parkrun if you display any COVID-19 symptoms.

The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Boultham Park, Lincoln. The course is run entirely on paved 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 Lincoln 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.
  • 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 are dog friendly on the course but must enforce ‘single dog, short handheld lead and under control’ (dog waist/running harnesses are not allowed). Also, dogs cannot be taken into the bowls club cafe.
    Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Lincoln 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 flat course is 3 anti-clockwise laps of Boultham Park, which contains a number of obstacles associated with parks (benches, bins and uneven ground). It mainly follows the perimeter paths, however the start area and one path during the course does have uneven ground.

Starting on the path to the north-west of the bandstand (tarmac path with grassed park either side), head towards the lake crossing a small bridge (potential bottleneck). As you near the lake, fork right and follow the path keeping the lake on your left. At the metal seating shelter fork right towards the edge of the park. Join the path/cycleway running along the edge of the park; continue straight over a junction on the cycleway and then turn left into the wood. At the end of this path, turn left and then immediately left again back into the woods. This path has a narrow section of tarmac with broken and uneven ground on either side, so extra care should be taken (wheelchair users are advised to contact the team in advance to ask about the terrain of the course). Continue straight along this path back to reach the lake on your left. Cross the small wooden bridge, immediately turn right and cross a second bridge, then follow the path straight to the top of the park and turn left. Continue along towards the bandstand. As you approach the bandstand, take the right fork to start the 2nd and 3rd laps. At the end of the 3rd lap, fork left to run straight towards the finish near the bandstand.

We are dog friendly on the course but must enforce ‘single dog, short handheld lead and under control’ (dog waist/running harnesses are not allowed). Also, dogs cannot be taken into the bowls club cafe.


Toilets are located next to the main gate and are open by 8:15 on Saturday mornings for parkrun.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the path near the bandstand and we gather in front of the bandstand for the pre-run briefings. A special new runners & tourist briefing is held at 8:50am next to the finish area, please join us for that if it is your first time at Lincoln parkrun.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: 6 & 9 run regularly from Lincoln Bus Station to the park. The journey takes 10-15 minutes.
Take the bus to the Library/Medical Centre on Boultham Park Road; enter the park through the large gates next to the library

Getting there on foot

Cyclists and pedestrians should follow the path at the side of the river Witham heading South from the Brayford Pool in the centre of Lincoln. After about 1.5 miles, turn right into the park and make your way over to the bandstand on the north side of the lake.

Getting there by road

The park about 1.5 miles south-west of the city centre, adjacent to Boultham Park Road and Rookery Lane. There is a small car park at the end of Hall Drive (satnav LN6 7SW). Turn off Boultham Park Road into Western Avenue and, following car park signs to Boultham Park, turn right into Hall Drive. The car park is on the left just beyond the bowls club. Walk along the road past the Church and into the park.
Alternatively it is possible to park on the roads surrounding the park, but please park with respect to the local residents.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Lincoln Indoor Bowls Club - please come and join us!