The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Plean Country Park, Plean. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and trail 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 Plean 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.
  • The route is not suitable for buggies or pushchairs.
  • 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 lymediseaseuk.com for further details.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Plean 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 Plean parkrun course is an undulating, stunning route within Plean Country Park. The course starts on the path outside Plean House, then moves onto the North Drive to trail paths, which can be narrow in places, through woods on the North Bing. Runners will be treated to a straight downhill section, which follows the former line of the bogies used in the pits, to the Glen Road end of the park.
The route then follows the gradual ascent of South Drive leaving it half-way to follow a horse trail to the former stables.
The course changes to tarmac and rejoins the South Drive and the route continues up onto trail, over a small wooden bridge and past the walled gardens.
The route skirts the edge of the horse trailer car park. Taking a left the route drops down onto a trail and follows a slight climb, using the left trail, by the side of trenches dug for practice during World War One.
Turn left onto a farm track and follow this ? taking the second left then sharp right at the top of the canter section.
This section will need care taken due to tree roots and tree stumps.
The course then follows a step descent where you will be treated to stunning views of Falkirk to your right. Here you can see the high rise flats of Calendar Park where Falkirk parkrun is held.
Crossing the burn at the bottom of the hill, South Drive is rejoined where the route climbs uphill. Following the tarmac path to the right, the walled garden is on the left, follow the finger post sign to Play and Picnic Area. The route then weaves past the wildlife ponds and play area.
A sharp right is taken back onto North Drive before re-tracing your steps to the start.
The finish is on the wildflower meadow in front of the house.

The route is not suitable for buggies or pushchairs.

Facilities

There are limited toilets and these will not be available during extreme winter weather.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the path outside Plean House.

Getting there by public transport

By train: Plean is served by Stirling and Larbert train stations. Trains from Dunblane, Alloa, Perth, Glasgow and Edinburgh arrive at both stations. Stirling train station is about six miles from Plean Country Park and next to the bus station for an easy journey to Plean, while Larbert train station is four miles. The bus stop for the bus to Plean is at Larbert Cross.

By bus: Plean and the surrounding area is well served with bus routes.
From Stirling take the 38/38A, and once the bus has travelled under the motorway bridge, get off at the first stop as you come into the village (near to President Kennedy Drive). Cross the road and walk along President Kennedy Drive up the hill to the park. Plean Country Park is sign posted via the brown information signs and is on your left at the top of the hill.
From Larbert/Falkirk take the 38/38A and get off at the stop near to President Kennedy Drive (opposite the chip shop, second stop after the roundabout). Continue towards President Kennedy Drive and follow it up the hill to the park. Plean Country Park is sign posted via the brown information signs and is on your left at the top of the hill

Getting there on foot

Enter the park from Cadger’s Loan ? take the first gated entrance and follow the long straight drive (North Drive). Keep walking past the car park on your right. The path follows around to the house after the play park.

Entering from the Glen Road ? enter the park through the gate and follow the drive (South Drive) up to the house which will be on the right at the top of the hill.

Entering from Church Lane ? follow Church Lane past the houses on your right until you enter the park. There a trail will lead you uphill. Continue across a “crossroads” of two trails, following the finger signposts for Plean House and up a further hill. Follow the track straight across a flat grassy area and down steps onto a main drive (North Drive). Turn left on this and follow it to the house (0.6 miles).

Getting there by road

Due to its central location, Plean can be easily reached using the motorway network:

Stirling: At Greencornhills Roundabout take exit onto Falkirk Road/A9. Follow A9 to Plean for two miles. At roundabout as you enter the village, take the first exit. Take the third right onto President Kennedy Drive. Plean Country Park is sign posted via the brown information signs and is on your left at the top of the hill.

Larbert/Falkirk/Bonnybridge: Follow Stirling Road/A9 to Plean. Once at Plean, at the roundabout (Willow Brae) take the second exit and continue on the A9 taking the third on the left onto President Kennedy Drive. Plean Country Park is sign posted via the brown information signs and is on your left at the top of the hill

The North: Use the M9 south and leave at Junction 9. Keep left at the fork to stay on the M9, follow signs for Edinburgh/Kincardine Bridge. At Junction ( take A872/A91 exit to Stirling/St Andrews/Denny. At motorway services roundabout take second exit onto A91. At next roundabout (Greencornhills) take third exit onto Falkirk Road/A9. Follow A9 to Plean for two miles. At roundabout as you enter the village, take the first exit. Take the third right onto President Kennedy Drive. Plean Country Park is sign posted via the brown information signs and is on your left at the top of the hill.

Edinburgh and the East: Follow the M9 and merge onto the M876. Take the A9 exit signposted for Larbert/Falkirk. Turn right at the junction onto Stirling Road/A9 and at roundabout take second exit to continue on this road to Plean. Once at Plean, at the roundabout (Willow Brae) take the second exit and continue on the A9 taking the third on the left onto President Kennedy Drive. Plean Country Park is sign posted via the brown information signs and is on your left at the top of the hill.

Post Run Coffee

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