The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Phoenix Park, Runcorn. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and canal 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 Phoenix 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.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or 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 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 Phoenix 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

Course Description

The course begins approximately 100m from the Greenbridge canal bridge crossing between two permanent Phoenix park entry posts. Running clockwise the route heads up a well defined incline before taking a left turn to continue heading towards the busway. At the top of the climb the route continues to the right heading back into the park parallel to the busway before heading down towards the climbing boulder. At the climbing boulder take the path to your left hand side behind the local cafe until you reach a T-Junction at which point you head to the right (This section can prove slippy during wet and icy weather and care should be taken here.) Follow the path towards the childrens play area turn right at the next T junction to follow the main route through the park past the local cafe. Continue on this straight until you reach a fork in the path at which point bear left and head down the hill towards the reservoir (D’ Rezzy). At the bottom of the hill take the left hand fork and follow the path between the reservoir (on the left) and the canal (on the right) continue on this section until you reach the end by the back of the housing at which point take a sharp right and head down to the canal section. Once at the canal take another sharp right and head back towards the park. ( Please take care at this section to stick to the right of the path and clear of the canal and ensure that you overtake only if safe to do so) Follow the canal path heading towards Greenbridge until the path turns right heading back up the hill into the park. After a short climb take a left hand turn towards the course start point and repeat. On the third loop of the run, instead of heading back down to the canal section continue straight at the fork and into the finish funnel.


Parking: Parking is available free of charge at Norton Priory Museum Norton Priory Museum & Gardens,Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn, Cheshire
Toilets and cafe facilities are available at the Urban Cafe or alternatively at The Courtyard Tea room at the Norton Priory Museum. Please note museum is not open before parkrun.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts approximately 100m from the Greenbridge canal bridge crossing between two permanent Phoenix park entry posts.

Getting there by public transport

Phoenix park is situated just next to the busway route which serves all areas of Runcorn and operates in both clockwise and anti clockwise directions. The bus stops are situated at the top of the run and you will need to walk down the hill towards the canal where you will see the see the course start.

Getting there on foot

Phoenix park can be accessed easily by foot from numerous directions. Situated centrally within the heart of Castlefields there are dedicated footpaths from Windmill Hill, Castlefields, Norton, Palacefields or alternatively by walking along the Bridgewater canal path heading from Runcorn bridge towards Murdishaw or vice versa dependant on direction of travel.

Getting there by road

Please note there is extremely limited parking available at Phoenix park itself and whilst parking is not prohibited within nearby residential areas it may not be available and we would ask all participants to be considerate of residents if opting to utilise this option. Free car parking has been agreed and is available at Norton Priory Museum and Gardens at Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn, Cheshire and whilst this is a short walk from the start marshals will be in place to offer directions to the course start and it provides a great opportunity to both warm up and cool down before and after on a well maintained path.

Be aware if parking at Norton Priory Museum & Gardens that some visitors experience problems when using the postcode in Sat Nav. If using Sat Nav to find please use the road address (Tudor Road) or try WA7 1BD and follow the brown Norton Priory signs.

From Wales, Chester or Manchester: Less than 30 minutes by car from Chester, Liverpool and Manchester. From M56, Junction 11, turn for Warrington and follow the Norton Priory signs. From all other directions follow the “All other Runcorn Traffic” and then the Norton Priory signs

From Liverpool: Crossing the Silver Jubilee Bridge (Runcorn/Widnes) Bridge on the A533 take the left hand fork following signs for central expressway / Astmoor. Take left hand lane heading through traffic lights towards Manor Park. Continue along “expressway” through new dumbbell roundabout and continue past castlefields exit. Take Manor Park exit until you reach round about. Take 2nd exit (heading straight) and continue onto Tudor Road. Continue down Tudor Rd until the end before taking a left turn, crossing a bridge the express way and entering Norton Priory Museum Car park ( please exercise care when crossing single track bridge and crossing cycle route as there may be other users )

From Warrington: Heading along the A56 from Stockton Heath towards Daresbury, turn right at the traffic lights heading onto A558 sign posted for Daresbury Labs, continue straight following signs for Norton Priory Museum. Once on Daresbury expressway take left hand slip road still following signposts for Norton Priory at first roundabout take right hand lane and head straight on towards 2nd roundabout. At 2nd roundabout take 3rd exit (right) and head under bridge flyover on manor park ave until you reach next roundabout. Take first exit (left) onto Tudor road.

From Frodsham: Take the A533 at the M56 junction and follow Weston Point expressway towards Runcorn Old Town. Continue straight on A533 under railway bridge and past Puregym, BP retail park. Continue to follow A533 then as per directions as if travelling from Liverpool.

Post Run Coffee

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