The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. The course is run on a mixture of trail paths, pavement and rubbered surface. 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

Ormskirk 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 Ormskirk 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 from level with the track floodlights post, head anti-clockwise around the running track almost completing one lap, when you'll bear right up the hill. Continue up the hill keeping right at the fork, turning left at Hairpin Hill junction (HPH) and left again at Ruff Junction (RJ) for an anti-clockwise loop of the small lap. Turn left onto paved Halls Avenue, then second left at the end of the fenced court onto the path running along the edge of the other fenced courts/outside tables area. You are now approaching Hairpin Hill again whereby you ascend taking a 180 at the fork back up the hill to the junction. At HPH this time turn right, keeping to the left at the bottom of the course whilst you do an anti-clockwise loop of the big playing fields. Keep straight ahead to RJ, then left and left again at HPH to repeat the big loop. When you return back to HPH go right back down the hill following the route you started with, going clockwise around the running track to the finish at the end of the opposite straight.
We are sorry that this course is not open to dogs (other than guide dogs), by university regulation.


There are free changing facilities including hot showers and free lockers (£1 to use, returnable) about 100 metres from the start line.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts level with the track floodlights post.

Getting there by public transport

By train:
  • Via Liverpool: Change at Liverpool Lime Street to Merseyrail Northern Line for Ormskirk Station. You can join the Northern Line at Liverpool Central or Moorfields. These stations can be reached from Liverpool Lime Street via underground /metro Wirral Line, or on foot.
  • Via Preston: from Preston Station take train to Ormskirk.
From Ormskirk Station you can get to the Campus in a variety of ways:
  • Bus: From Ormskirk train station take the pedestrian walkway to Ormskirk bus station and connect with the Edge Link Bus for a direct route to campus. The bus runs at 0825 and 0845hrs from the bus station and takes around 3 minutes. See the Edge Hill University website for the full timetable.
  • Taxi: There are 24-hour taxi services close to the station.

Getting there on foot

Turn right from the station and walk up the road you are on, Station Approach. At the top turn left, then first right. Walk along Stanley Street and Knowsley Road, across two junctions, until you reach the main St Helens Road. Turn left and continue until you reach the Campus. This will take around 15 minutes, please see this map for more details.

Getting there by road

Via motorways: Leave M6 at junction 26 and join M58. Leave M58 at junction 3, taking the A570 towards Southport and Ormskirk. You should see signs for 'Edge Hill University' when you leave the motorway. From junction 3 the journey is 2.8 miles and takes approximately 5 minutes.

The campus can also be reached from Preston or Liverpool via the A59. For sat nav you can use the postcode L39 4QP but please check that the route provided arrives via the main entrance in St Helens Road.

Alternatively enter lat/long co-ordinates 53.558622,-2.875178.

For parking, please note that the best carpark is the main one off the A570, the first one on your right as you come from St Helens, the second on your left as you come out of Ormskirk. This carpark says "permit holders only" but it has been confirmed by the university that this only applies on weekdays, so don't worry.

Post Run Coffee

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