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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 in Exhibition Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne and run entirely on tarmac. 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 Newcastle 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.
  • 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 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Newcastle 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 begins about 100m outside the western boundary of Exhibition Park.

Continue over the start line on a path through a wide gate (after about 60m) and on across the Town Moor to an intersection with another path, where the course bears right and continues all the way across the Town Moor to Grandstand Road.

At Grandstand Road the runners will pass through a marshalled gate (gate 1) and turn sharp right to run alongside Grandstand Road on a footpath and then turn sharp right back onto the Town Moor through gate 2, also marshalled, about 100m before the 2km marker.

The route takes the right hand fork just after the gate (also marshalled) and carries on to a crossroads where a sharp left turn is taken (also marshalled) to follow a path that leads to the perimeter of the Town Moor where a sharp right turn is taken to then run on the perimeter path alongside the Great North Road, running back towards Exhibition Park, where it bears sharp right and continues around the perimeter of the Wylam Brewery site, then back out across the Town Moor.

At a crossroads the course turns left (this will be marshalled) and soon passes through a gate (gate 3) which is also marshalled.

At the next crossroads the course turns left and then continues towards an intersection where the course bears left to run back across the start line before taking a right turn 50m from the finish next to Exhibition Park.


Getting There

Location of start

The event starts about 100m outside the western boundary of Exhibition Park.

Getting there by public transport

Metro to Jesmond metro station then walk from the station out to the right hand side and up Eskdale Terrace, past the Royal Grammar School. Turn left onto Lambton Road, and follow this until you reach Brandling Park, and the subway to Exhibition Park. Bus to Great North Road (Exhibition Park lay by bus stop). Walk under the subway and out to the bandstand. Follow the path to the right to approach the model boating lake. When the lake is reached, turn left to approach the meeting point through the gate onto the Town Moor.

Getting there on foot

Accessible from Claremont Road, near to RVI hospital in city centre.
From Claremont Road, take the main entrance into walk Exhibition Park and past the skate park on the right hand side. Walk under the subway and follow the path up to the left. Assemble on the grass near to the gate boundary with the Town Moor. Also accessible via Brandling Park, off Clayton Road, in Jesmond.
From Brandling Park walk under the subway and up the incline to the bandstand. Walk past the bandstand and then follow the path to the right to approach the model boating lake. When the lake is reached, turn left to approach the meeting point through the gate onto the Town Moor.

Getting there by road

Travelling north from the Tyne Bridge on the Central Motorway take the exit signposted "City Centre B1318". At the mini roundabout take the left onto Claremont Road. There is a large pay and display car park to the left.

Travelling south towards Newcastle City Centre on the Great North Road and take the exit signposted Jesmond, onto Clayton Road. There are limited roadside pay and display parking spaces on some of the streets in this area.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Cafe in the Park, Exhibition Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PZ - please come and join us.