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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 Hallhill Sports Centre, Dunbar. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, trail paths and grass. 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 Lochend Woods 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.
  • Unfortunately this course is not suitable for pushchairs or buggies.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Lochend Woods 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 starts at the running track outside Hallhill Sports Centre and is a figure of eight shape comprising of two laps. The course heads west away from the centre on tarmac paths around the sports pitches before returning towards the centre and then heading into Lochend Woods before returning towards the centre and repeating itself. Upon exiting the woods for the second time, the course heads towards the finish line finish in front of the sports centre. The course will comprise mixed surfaces (grass, tarmac paths and woodland trail) with a large section in Lochend Woods where the pathway is narrow in parts.

Due to the nature of some sections of the course unfortunately it is not suitable for buggies and dogs are not allowed.

Please remember that the route uses shared paths and is close to other sporting activities with children participating and parents spectating. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other members of the public.

Facilities

Hallhill Sports Centre opens at 9am where toilet facilities are available.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the running track outside Hallhill Sports Centre.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: X7 bus Edinburgh - Dunbar stops at Asda on Spott Rd.

Train: The nearest train station is Dunbar.

Getting there on foot

Hallhill Sports Centre is accessible by foot from all directions.

Getting there by road

From Edinburgh: Take the A1 south towards Berwick-upon-Tweed. Follow the road past Haddington towards Dunbar and at the 1st Dunbar roundabout (Thistly Cross) continue straight on towards Berwick Upon Tweed. At the 2nd roundabout (Spott) turn first left down Spott Road. Then turn left at the mini-roundabout into Kellie Road and continue to the end of road where you will find the sports centre.

From the south: Take the A1 to Dunbar Spott roundabout, take the third exit right down Spott Road and follow as above.

Parking at Hallhill Sports Centre is limited. Parking is available at Asda on Spott Raod or free on road parking at Kellie Rd and Countess Rd where there is also a small carpark (you can walk through the railway underpass to the sports centre).

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Hallhill Sports Centre - please come and join us!