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The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. Poole parkrun starts near to the cricket pavillion in Poole Park. Postcode BH15 2SF a run on a mixture of tar and compacted gravel,. 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

Poole parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Poole 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

At Poole we are a busy parkrun with 800+ runners each week. We have taken the decision to move the start and finish area and change the course to try and maximise space. Some parts of the course will still become congested and you may have to run single file/two abreast. To reduce congestion and overtaking, please line up at the start commensurate to the position you think you will finish.
We will start and finish at West Field, (opposite the crazy golf) at the town centre end of the park.
The route will head towards the cycle path around the cricket pitch, taking a sharp right turn (please take care as this is very sharp) to run around the path anti clockwise, then head back towards the start and complete one lap of the lake.
You will then return to do another lap of the cycle track and run back towards the finish on West Field.
We anticipate that the course will be congested, especially in the first mile. We would ask participants to keep right when heading towards the cycle track.
The front of the field will return down this road on their right, led by the lead bike.
Finishers doing the last section of the course should be on the far right in order to peel off into the finish.
Throughout the event we ask that you overtake on the right to avoid confusion and any unfortunate dips in the lake.


Getting There

Location of start

Poole parkrun starts at West field, near to the crazy golf facility in Poole Park. Postcode BH15 5SW.

Getting there by public transport

Its a ten minute walk from both Poole bus station and Poole railway station, through the park towards the civic centre.

Getting there on foot

It is only a five-minute walk from both Poole bus station and Poole railway station, through the park towards the west entrance.

Getting there by road

There is no parking or vehicles allowed in the park until 10am. Nearest public car park is the Dolphin swimming pool car park, BH15 1TN. This is just across the road from the park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in one of the many local cafes in town or the concessions within the park - please come and join us!