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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 Peel Park, Salford. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac 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 Peel 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 Peel 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

We start and finish by the statue in the middle of Peel Park, near the playground. This is a two lap course by the river and around a football pitch and the park. It is mainly on good quality paths except for a short section on grass, which can get muddy.


Toilets are available before parkrun in the sports centre at the top end of the park (next to the student union). After parkrun they are also available in Atmosphere Cafe in University House/student union, overlooking Peel Park where we meet for a brew.
There is a children's play area next to the start/finish line.
Peel Park is right behind Salford Museum and Art Gallery - pay them a visit and walk down their replica Victorian street! The museum is free.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts by the statue in the middle of Peel Park, near the playground.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: You can get on any of the following buses, which will take you to The Crescent (right outside the University front entrance for Peel Park):
8, 12, 26, 31, 32, X34, 36, 37, 38, X61, 67, 100.

Train: Salford Crescent station is located on the main University campus between Peel Park and Frederick Road. Direct services run to and from Manchester Airport, Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria, as well as Blackpool, Bolton, Buxton, Blackburn, Southport, Preston, Lancaster and Barrow-in-Furness. Manchester Piccadilly is about ten minutes on the train from Salford Crescent.

Getting there on foot

  • Peel Park is located between Crescent (A6) and Frederick Street alongside the River Irwell and close to Salford University. It is a 30 minute walk from Manchester city centre to the park.
  • From Salford Crescent train station the park is a 10 minute walk. On exiting the station turn left and walk down Crescent (A6), past the University. Turn left to walk down the footpath between the University and the River Irwell, signed Peel Park.
  • From Salford University bus stop continue along Crescent (A6), turning left to walk down the footpath between the University and the River Irwell, signed Peel Park.
  • From Irwell Place car park, walk down Irwell Place to Crescent (A6). Cross over the road and take the footpath between the University and the River Irwell, signed Peel Park.

Getting there by road

  • M6 (from North) - J30 for M61, follow instr. from M61.
  • M6 (from North/South) - J21a for M62 E, follow instr. for M62.
  • M61 (from North) - just after J3, stay in inside lane for A580 Manchester which then becomes A6 Salford/Manchester. Continue on, ignore signs for Salford Shopping City, avoid inside lane. After underpass follow signs to University.
  • M62 (from West) - J12 for M602 J3. Keep in inside lane & turn left on to A5063. Follow signs for Salford/Pendleton. At 2nd lights, turn left on to A6 for Frederick Rd and Irwell Valley sites or right for Peel Park & Adelphi sites.
  • M56 (from South) - after J4 stay in inside lane, take M60. Leave M60 at J12 for M602 (see instr. for M602 above).
  • M60 (from East) - J17, left on to A56 into Manchester. Turn right off A56 onto A576. Straight on to 2nd roundabout. Turn left onto A6. Avoid inside lane.
  • From Manchester/Salford Inner Relief Rd - exit for A6 Salford. The University is 1/2 mile away.
  • From Manchester City Centre - follow signs for Salford, then signs for University of Salford.
  • From A580 - turn onto A5185 Lancaster Rd & then right on to A576 (Eccles Old Rd).
Car Parking: Irwell Place Car Park
Opposite the University of Salford just off The Crescent M5 4PE. You must display a spare bar code on your dashboard in order to receive free parking until midday. Do not leave your car after midday without paying or you will receive a fine. Please allow a few minutes to get from the car park to Peel Park.
Parking on campus is limited and will incur a charge.
Limited disabled parking as well as a few pay and display bays directly outside Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Atmosphere Cafe in University House overlooking Peel Park. Head up the slope to the left of the finish area, disabled access is available via a lift to level 3 - please come and join us!