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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 Polkemmet Country Park, Whitburn. The course is run entirely on 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 Polkemmet Country 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 Polkemmet Country 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

Two laps on a trail route around the perimeter of the east side of the park alongside the river and the golf course.
The course starts and finishes adjacent to the bowling green. It heads downhill and heads alongside the river before crossing a wooden bridge and heading uphill alongside the golf course to the top of the park. After reaching a turn round, the route heads downhill alongside the golf course, staying left at all times and over the bridge before reaching the bowling green. The second lap is an exact replica of the first with the finish at the top of the hill adjacent to the bowling green.

On occasion the surface may be muddy, particularly after inclement weather.
Please remember that the route uses shared paths and is close to other sporting activities. This includes a golf course, participants to be aware of golfing activity at all times.
When passing alongside the river participants should stay left at all times.
For the continued success of the event, please give way to other members of the public.


Toilet facilities are available at the visitor centre.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts adjacent to the bowling green.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: First Scotland Service Number 22 goes regularly between Harthill and Whitburn and stops outside the park.

Train: The nearest station is Armadale which is over 3 miles from the park.

Getting there on foot

Enter the park at the main entrance and keep walking past the carpark on your left and the golf course on your right. When you get to the end of the path, turn right and we meet in front of the bowling green.

Getting there by road

Due to it's central location, Polkemmet Country Park can be easily reached using the motorway network from both Edinburgh and the east or Glasgow and the west. Use the M8 and leave at junction 4a (Heartlands). Follow signs for Polkemmet Country Park and The Scottish Owl Centre.

Parking for parkrun participants is available in the South car park which is on the left immediately as you enter the park and also in the main car park in the park next to the visitor centre. Please park in the South car park and walk to the start. Parking is free of charge.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Polkemmet Café - please come and join us!