The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Frenchfield Sports Centre, Penrith. The course is run on a mixture of gravel 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

Penrith 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 Penrith 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

Penrith parkrun is an anti-clockwise two laps of the Frenchfield Sports Centre site. The route is in the main flat and has a dedicated path the full length of the course. There is ample space to also run on the grass alongside the established path. Starting outside the pavilion the route heads north and follows the perimeter of the site before being led through an area of trees and vegetation. The route follows the river bank with the River Eamont on your right. The route then heads on to a tarmac surface for 250metre before leading back on to the path to the rear of the football stadium. The path returns up the road turning right on to the amenity field, before joining the main site at the yellow gate. Head back towards the Pavilion and the second lap commences. The finish is in the designated tunnel opposite the pavilion.

Please note there is a dog ban on the Frenchfield site therefore no dogs other than assistance dogs are allowed at this event.


  • There is ample free parking on the site.
  • 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 at a local cafe - please come and join us!