The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at ON-X Linwood, Linwood. The course is run on a mixture of gravel paths and 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

Linwood parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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 one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Linwood 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 route consists of two laps around a circuit of scenic Linwood Moss, and is a very flat course with only gentle undulations. It is mainly a hard packed gravel trail (3km) with a tarmac section (2km).
From the start between ON-X and the artificial football surfaces, the course follows two laps around the Moss area following an anticlockwise course. A left turn after the football pitches on the tarmac trim trail leads to the first marshal point and a transition to gravel. A gradual right turn is then followed by 500m on the main trail through a woodland setting before another two left turns brings the trail to a westerly woodland section that meanders back towards ON-X, keeping to the right at all path junctions, until a directed left turn leads to the start-line at ON-X for the second lap to begin. The 2nd lap starts with a left turn to run around the perimeter of the football pitches to pick up the main trail again.
At the end of the 2nd lap continue forward between the football parks and directly into the finish funnel.


ON-X has allocated a parking area as the designated parkrun parking area. Enter by the main ON- X entrance on Brediland Rd and follow the route straight through to the far side of the car park. Enter the “no entry” area at the far side of the car-park. On-X has opened this road area for parkrun. Park on the left hand side on the road surface and on the right hand side using the pavement area. ON-X kindly request that their main car park is used by those customers using their main facility only, and parkrun participants are requested to support this. Overflow car parking is available within half a mile of the Centre if necessary.
ON-X has a terrific cafe where you can enjoy a post-run coffee and chat with the runners and volunteers - please come and join us.
Toilets are available within the ON-X main building.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts between ON-X and the artificial football surfaces.

Getting there by public transport

Linwood is well served by various Bus Routes. Exit at the main stop at Clippens adjacent to Brediland Road. ON-X is 5-10 mins walk.
Nearest Rail Stations are Paisley Gilmour St or Johnstone.

Getting there on foot

Head for Brediland Road and follow the signs for ON-X.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV, the postcode on ON-X is PA3 3RA.
Linwood can be reached easily from the A737 (taking the exit for A761 - Linclive Roundabout), ON-X is signposted at the Linwood exit on the roundabout. Travel straight on the A761 and then continue straight on at the roundabout in the direction of Clippens and follow the sign for ON-X, taking a right-turn into Brediland Rd after 500m. From Paisley or Elderslie head to Linwood via the Phoenix Retail Park and at the Linclive Roundabout follow the signs for Linwood and then ON-X as above.
Please use the car park at ON-X.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in ON-X Café - please come and join us!