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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 Penryn Campus, Penryn. The course is run entirely on 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 Penryn Campus 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 Penryn Campus 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

The start and finish are in front of Tremough House. Three laps on tarmac paths going downhill and all the way along the Old Drive, turning at the end and coming back up the hill to do a loop towards the Peter Lanyon Building. At the end of the third lap, return to the finish line in front of Tremough House.


Toilets and showers are available in the sports centre which is between the car parks and the start line.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts in front of Tremough House.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Various buses - U1, U2, U3 and U4 - serve the campus from Falmouth, Truro, Redruth and Penzance. Check routes and times at the First Group Cornwall website.

Train: Penryn train station is on the Falmouth/Truro branch line. Half hourly services and 15 min walk to the campus.

Getting there on foot

From Penryn train station: Turn left, walk down hill, turn left at T junction and go under railway bridge. Follow the road and, after it bears right, look for the pedestrian entrance to Campus on your left. Follow the Old Drive for a long straight stretch after which it bears right and uphill towards Tremough House. 0.7 mile, approx 16 minutes.

From Bus Exchange: Go past reception and shop on your left and the high stone wall on your right and across a small open area with picnic tables. Go down a short flight of steps ahead of you and slightly to the right. Turn left at the bottom of these steps, along a path to a longer flight of steps. Go down the first half of the longer flight of steps, turning right towards Tremough House half way down. Approx 5 mins.

From car parks F-K: Head towards the sports centre and nursery. With the sport centre main entrance on your right, head for the junction of paths. Ignore the sharp right turn and the sign ahead and to the left saying 'All Pedestrians' and instead head downhill, signposted to Tremough House. At the end of the wall of the Italian Garden, turn left and the start is in front of Tremough House, ahead on your left. Approx 5 mins.

If you get lost on campus, follow signs for Tremough House.

Getting there by road

Use postcode TR10 9FE for SatNav.

The Penryn Campus is off the A39 near Falmouth and is signposted from the Treliever Roundabout. Follow signs for the Campus and when you enter the Campus take the right turn at the roundabout towards the car parks. Pass through the barriers. Follow the road straight on towards visitor parking/sports centre and park in car parks F to K. You will pass through the barriers again on the way out but you will not be charged for parking. Make your way to the Sports Centre entrance (bright orange) and follow instructions on foot.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Koofi (on the campus) - please come and join us!