The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Almondvale Park, Livingston. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and trail 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 Livingston 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.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or 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 also 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.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to human's through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Livingston parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

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 page.

Course Map

Course Description

Start by the 'Blue Bridge' over the River Almond and go south east, past the Remembrance Bridge and the Civic Centre. After 450m turn a sharp right onto the riverside path. Follow the riverside path west to the Blue Bridge to complete the first loop (800m).

Continue north, turn left after the Bowling Club and fork left onto the woodland path. Follow the Almond River paths west on the north side of the river towards Livingston Village, cross the river at the footbridge and follow the path on the south side of the River Almond east back to the blue footbridge to complete the second 'loop'. Note that the first part of this section is a narrower path. At the Blue Bridge there is 1.2km to go on the final loop.

Cross the Blue Bridge, turn right and follow the riverside path all the way to the Play Park. Go round the Play Park and return back to the Remembrance Bridge turning sharp right to finish by the Civic Centre.

Facilities

Toilets are available at Almondvale Shopping Centre and the Bubbles Pool. There is ample free parking by Almondvale Stadium and additional (paid) parking at the Almondvale Shopping Centre.

Getting There

Location of start

We meet by the Civic Centre, Livingston. The event starts by the "Blue Bridge".

Getting there by public transport

The Bus station at Almondvale Shopping Centre 500m from the start is served by local and regional busses. ScotRail services serve Livingston North and Livingston South stations. See the Traveline Scotland website for timetables and a journey planner.

Getting there on foot

The start is 100m east from parking, 500m from the bus station - follow signs to the Civic Centre which is just west of the start (take care crossing Almondvale Boulevard). The start/finish is adjacent to Cycle Route 75.

Getting there by road

From the outskirts of Livingston M9 J4 or A70 follow signs to Almondvale Stadium.
Use post code EH54 7DN, Latitude and longitude 55.886732,-3.519290 or OS NT050669 in your sat nav.
Park adjacent to Almondvale Stadium and walk east across the footbridge to the start.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at The Topiary Coffee Shop, Klondyke Garden Centre, Kirkton Road South, Livingston EH54 7AW - please come and join us!