The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Lower Tryweryn, Bala. The course is run entirely on gravel 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.
The Pont y Bala 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.
- 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.
- Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
- 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 Pont y Bala parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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
The course is an out and back x 2 course on gravel paths alongside two rivers.
Starting from the car park, the course is flat and heads along the river Tryweryn towards the river Dee, where a marshal will direct you towards Llyn Tegid. At the turnaround point just before Llyn Tegid a marshal will direct you back to the start where you will repeat finishing back at the car park.
All participants are reminded that the route is shared with a number of other users including bikes, and dog walkers. Unfortunately due to the narrow paths, dogs are not allowed at this event.
There are toilets located at the Lower Tryweryn car park. There is a small charge.
Location of start
The event starts at the car park.
Getting there by public transport
Bus: The T3 Traws Cymru bus service provides transport from Wrexham and Barmouth.
Getting there on foot
The start is accessible from the Tryweryn car park close to Bala High Street.
Getting there by road
If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is LL23 7NG.
Coming into Bala from the west (Dolgellau) continue along Bala High Street, turning right at the cross roads at the end of the High Street (turn left if coming from the East-Corwen). After the turn Tryweryn car park is the first left next to the fire station.
Lower Tryweryn car park is located at the start of the course. Please note there is a £3 minimum charge for up to 4 hours.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Y Hwb (The Hub), Ysgubor Isaf, Bala, LL23 7NW (free parking available to all parkrun participants and volunteers) - please come and join us!