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 Penistone Show Ground, Penistone. The course is run on a mixture of gravel paths, trail 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 Penistone 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 Penistone 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

Beginning by the skate park the route follows the perimeter of the playing field in an anticlockwise direction and then exits left on to the Trans Pennine Trail heading towards Millhouse Green. It is out and back along the trail turning at the bench immediately before the Millhouse Green Crossing. On return to the park, enter at the Stottercliffe entrance and continue straight ahead once again following the perimeter of the field to the finish at the approach to the swing park. The course is a combination of gravel paths, grass and trail.


There are no public toilets at the site. The nearest public facility is 5 minute walk away in Market Place, Penistone (next to the bus shelter). You will need 20p! There is a play park with swings and climbing frames in the adjacent playing field and also a skate park which is the start point for parkrun.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts by the skate park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: For further information on bus times from within South Yorkshire, call Traveline on 01709 515151 or visit their website at
From Barnsley Bus Numbers 20, 21, 21a, 22
From Sheffield Bus Number 29
From Huddersfield Bus Number 287

Train: Train services are available from Huddersfield, Sheffield and Barnsley taking in smaller towns/villages en-route. The nearest train station is Penistone.

Getting there on foot

From Penistone train station exit the station direct on to the Trans Pennine Trail, turning right on to the trail and continuing for half a mile to the entrance of the Show Ground.

From the bus stop by the church, cross the High Street and walk through the Market Barn into Tesco car park. Follow the service road to the rear of Tesco and the Show Ground is entered via a chalk pathway.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is S36 6TS.

From the M1 motorway J37 follow A628 Manchester turning left on to the B6462 by the Jet Garage follow the road to Penistone town centre and parking.

From Sheffield or Huddersfield follow the A629 to Hoylandswaine Roundabout where it meets the A628 and follow the instructions as above.

Wherever possible please walk, jog, cycle or use public transport. If you have to drive, please consider car sharing to reduce our impact on the environment. Car parking is available in Tesco, off St Marys Street by the cycle shop, at the community centre on Church Street and the cinema car park on Shrewsbury Road. There is scope to park in nearby streets however please be respectful to residents

Post Run Coffee

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