The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Millhouses Park, Sheffield. The course is run entirely on 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

Millhouses 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Millhouses 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

Just under three clockwise laps of the park, starting from near the skate park. On the final lap, take a sharp right turning to go into the finish funnel. The course is fast, flat, and all on tarmac paths, but most of all, fun! We ask participants to please stay on the paths at all times to avoid damage to any of the ornamental areas of the park. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed at this event.


After your parkrun and coffee, why not try one of the many facilities available in the park? Situated next to the main café is the boating lake, or why not take a walk through the park gardens? There is also a purpose-built skate park and children’s play area to keep the little ones happy. As if that wasn’t enough, there are plenty of sporting activities on offer, from tennis, bowling, and even a cricket pitch.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts near the skate park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The 97 bus has a frequent service from the city centre and stops just outside the park. For more details visit the Travel South Yorkshire website.

Train: Dore & Totley train station is approximately 1.5 miles from the start line near the Waggon and Horses.

Getting there on foot

The park is around 15 mins walk from Dore and Totley train station.

Getting there by road

If using sat nav, the postcode for Millhouses Park is S7 2QQ.

From the North: Take either J34 (Meadowhall) or the J33 exit and follow the signs to the City Centre and then the A61 South towards Chesterfield.

From the South: Take M1 J29 and then A617 towards Chesterfield. Follow A61 North towards Sheffield. As you enter the city boundary, follow the local signs to Beauchief, where you will eventually end up at the south end car park near Abbey Lane.

The park is approximately 3 miles south of the city centre, on Abbeydale Road South. The North end council car park near the cricket pitch (please have some change ready for the parking meter) and Waggon and Horses pub is the closest to the start.

Post Run Coffee

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