Please do not attend parkrun if you display any COVID-19 symptoms.

The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Nobles Park, Douglas. The course is run on a mixture of grass and concrete 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

The Nobles 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 Nobles 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

Two main figure of eight laps completed by a final circuit of the top park area, covering mainly grassed park with some sections of concrete pathways.

During the Islands two major events - the Isle of Man TT (May/June) and Manx GP (August) - Nobles park access is not possible, so we run an alternative route during these times at Conrhenny Community Woodland, near to the famous Creg Ny Baa. The route remains just as challenging as our regular course. Starting by the main car park the route takes two laps of a clockwise circuit on woodland wide paths. Please see our news feeds and social media for the detailed route and more detail in the build up to these major calendar events.


Toilet facilities are available at the Café, Pavillion and adjacent to the Grandstand.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in Nobles Park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus stops are positioned opposite the Grandstand on Glencrutchery Road and on Victoria Road and served by route 3 in both directions. Ballaquayle Road stops are positioned adjacent to St Ninnians Road served by Willaston routes (22A).
Tram services (Horse Tram and MER) serve Douglas Prom, bus services are available via Summer Hill and Broadway.

Getting there on foot

From the main car park head toward the Grandstand and proceed left along the footpath, the Start / Finish area is marked. From the access road follow the footpath from the Pavillion towards Glencrutchery Road, the Start / Finish area is marked.
From Douglas Promenade the Park is approximately a 20 minute walk.

Getting there by road

Access by car is easy from all areas of the island ? follow the A2 to Douglas, Glencrutchery Road toward the Grandstand. Parking is accessible via the access road at St Ninnians Road and Dukes Avenue.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!