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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 South Park, Macclesfield. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac 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 Macclesfield 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.
  • 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 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 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 Macclesfield 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

We start at the top of the grassy hill, affectionately known as the Upwards Flat Section. We will continue to meet & greet volunteers at the bandstand and hold our First Timers & Tourists Briefing AND our Pre-Run Briefing there, before walking up to the start area.

The route then consists of 3 laps of the park before crossing the bridge and running towards the playground and around the Pavilion Building to finish on the grass next to the bandstand.


Toilets will be open in the Pavilion close to the start. There is a child’s play area next to the bowling green and tennis courts.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts next to the bandstand before we walk to the start at the top of the hill.

Getting there by public transport

Buses 2, 3, 5, 6, 19 and 38 all serve Park Lane. Alight opposite the Park Tavern and follow the brown signs to South Park.
Macclesfield Train Station is a 15 minute walk away. Turn left out of the station. Follow the road straight through two sets of traffic lights. Continue straight on up to Park Lane and past the Park Tavern. The park is on your left hand side after a further few minutes’ walk.

Getting there on foot

From Park Lane, walk down Park Grove (signposted to South Park), and head past the Pavilion to the start near the bandstand.

Getting there by road

SAT NAV Postcode: SK11 8JR (Macclesfield Academy)
From the west: Follow the A537 to the junction with the B5088, signposted to Congleton. Turn right. Travel 0.6 miles; turn left into Park Lane.
From the north and east: Head towards Macclesfield Station (SK11 6JP) and proceed along Sunderland Street for 0.2 miles. Straight on across the traffic lights, following the A536 for 0.7 miles.
From the south: Follow the A523 to Macclesfield. At the junction with the A536 turn left towards Congleton, and left again at the traffic lights, following the A536 for a further 0.7 miles.
Parking is located at Macclesfield Academy (SK11 8JR on sat nav), in the east playground. Turn at the traffic lights on Park Lane signposted to Macclesfield Learning Zone, then immediate left in front of Macclesfield College. The car park is in front of Macclesfield Academy and is a short walk away from the start of the run. Access to the park is via Ryle’s Park Road or by walking down Park Lane. Once parked, use the back exit from Macclesfield Academy, turning left onto Ryle’s Park Road. Turn the next right into Park Vale Road to the entrance to the park. The walk to the start of the run is approximately 5 minutes.

There is a very small car park within the park grounds but we politely request that parkrunners do not to park here or on the surrounding roads

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Park Tavern - please come and join us!