The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Frenchfield Sports Centre, Penrith. The course is run on a mixture of grass and tarmac 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 Penrith 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.
  • Please Note that the Frenchfield Sports Centre is a ‘No Dogs Allowed’ site which is enforced.
  • Runners pushing buggies are also 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.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to human’s through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Penrith parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes 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

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Course Description

Penrith Lakes parkrun has 3 courses depending on what other event is on at the Regatta Centre. Check out our Facebook page for the course roster.
Full Lake course - From the meeting point, follow the path anticlockwise around the lake.
Southern Bank course - From the meeting point, head west on the path closest to the lake (bottom path), at the end (at the flag) head to the top path and head east to the end and turn around again at the flag and head west on the bottom path back to the first flag, head east again on the top path till you get to the finish line next to the BBQ area.
Cross Country Course - 2 laps of the detention basin.


  • There is ample free parking on the site.
  • The pavilion offers toilets, changing rooms and hot showers if required. There are disabled toilets and changing rooms.
  • Please Note that the Frenchfield Sports Centre is a ‘No Dogs Allowed’ site which is enforced.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts outside the pavilion.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The bus service is the Penrith 646 service and the nearest bus stop is Oak Road, Penrith. There will be a 5-10 minute walk from Oak Road to Frenchfield. Please see the Cumbria County Council website for the timetable.

Train: The nearest train station is Penrith Railway Station (West Coast Main Line). Please see the National Rail website for timetables.

Getting there on foot

From Carleton Avenue, A686, pass the Cross Keys pub and follow on down the hill heading away from town. At the bottom of the hill the Frenchfield Sports Centre is on the left hand side.

Getting there by road

From Carleton Avenue on the A686, turn at the Cross keys pub and follow the sign for Frenchfield. Follow the road down to the bottom of the hill on Carleton Road and turn left in to Frenchfield Sports Centre. The car park is outside the Pavilion.
For Sat Nav purposes use CA11 8UU

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Nutrition Station - North Penrith, 16/19 Lambridge Pl, Penrith - please come and join us!