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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 Meadowmill Sports Centre, Tranent. 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 Meadowmill 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.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • Due to the terrain, unfortunately this course is not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Meadowmill 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

Starting on the north side of the Meadowmill sports fields, the course runs alongside the pitches towards the sports centre and continues round the south and west perimeters of the sports fields where it joins a public footpath that connects Prestonpans Railway Station and Meadowmill Sports Centre. On turning left, the course takes in an out and back 400 metre stretch. This stretch of path is narrow and requires participants to run or walk in single file. Return towards the sports centre via the path which passes the Battle of Prestonpans monument. After completing the 2nd lap, the course turns right for a final 50 metre stretch on tarmac, to the finish.

Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
Due to the terrain, unfortunately this course is not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs.


Meadowmill Sports Centre offers parkrunners access to toilets, showers and lockers. There are also toilets in the bowling club.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on the north side of the Meadowmill sports fields. It takes approximately 10 minutes to walk from the car park to the start point. There is a first timers brief at 9:15 and pre-run brief at 9:20.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Lothian Bus 26; East Coast Buses 124 and X5; Prentice Bus 111. Bus stops located on the main B1361 road; alight and walk over the railway bridge towards sports centre.

Train: North Berwick train from Edinburgh. Alight at Prestonpans. Cross railway bridge and head along path marked Battlefield. This is part of the course. Start is 600 metres from here, on edge of playing fields.

Getting there on foot

Meadowmill Sports Centre is situated on south-east corner of Prestonpans. From Prestonpans train station, cross railway bridge and head along path marked Battlefield. This is part of the course. Start is 600 metres from here, on edge of playing fields. From B1361, follow signs for Meadowmill and Battlefield Site.

Getting there by road

Meadowmill Sports Centre is situated on the outskirts of Prestonpans. From Edinburgh, head south east on A1. Take the A198/B1361 exit towards North Berwick, Prestonpans, Cockenzie, Tranent. Keep to right lane at 1st roundabout, take 2nd exit and stay on A198. At 2nd roundabout, take 1st exit to turn left on B1361 towards Prestonpans. Take 1st left then 1st right, following signs for Meadowmill Sports Centre.

There is a large, free car park at Meadowmill Sports Centre. During peak times the car park may be busy, and spaces limited. Wherever possible, cars should be parked with consideration to other road users and those requiring residential access.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Mum’s Café, within East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club - please come and join us!