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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 Phoenix Park, Runcorn. The course is run on tarmac paths/hard surfaces both through the park and along the canal. 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.
  • 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 Phoenix 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

Phoenix parkrun is a two and a half lap course starting in the park close to the Greenbridge canal bridge. The course includes a climb up towards the busway, before heading down past the climbing boulder and onto the play area and cafe. The course continues through the park before turning left onto the path by the lake. At the end of the lake the course returns to the park on the canal towpath and back to the start for the second lap. On the third lap, the course finishes at the finish funnel shortly after the play area and cafe. The park paths are tarmac and the canal towpath has recently been resurfaced providing a good running surface for the entire course.


Parking: Parking is available free of charge at Norton Priory Museum Norton Priory Museum & Gardens,Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn, Cheshire. Signage will direct you to the start.
Toilets and cafe facilities are available at the C.H.I. cafe within the park or alternatively at The Courtyard Tea Room at the Norton Priory Museum. Please note that the museum is not open before parkrun.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts approximately 100m from the Greenbridge canal bridge. A first timers briefing takes place every week near the start at 8.50am - look out for the first timers briefing sign!

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.

Getting there by road

Phoenix Park is situated just off Castlefields Avenue East.

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. The route to the start is signposted from Norton Priory. Please note that the car park is a 5-10 minute walk from the start and so provides a great opportunity for a warm up.

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, please use the road address (Tudor Road) or try WA7 1BD and follow the brown Norton Priory signs.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the C.H.I. cafe in the park - please come and join us!