The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Poolsbrook Country Park, Poolsbrook. The course is run on a mixture of compact wide trails and grass. 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

Poolsbrook 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 one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Poolsbrook 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

The course, which was accurately measured by a AUKCM Measurer, is entirely within Poolsbrook Country Park which was once the site of the former Ireland Colliery, but which has been transformed from dereliction into a popular country park and amenities area. The course is almost entirely on compact wide trails but some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain, so please take care. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

The course starts about 300m away from the café and consists of three anticlockwise laps of the main lake. The finish is on the grass on the right side of the path, in front of the adult gym facilities.

A couple of points to note:
  • The course leaves the immediate side of the lake to cross the weir and for about 30m runs on the wide path next to the road. Please keep to the lake side of the path.
  • If you are being lapped by faster runners please keep to the left side of the course to allow faster runners to overtake on the right.


There is ample free parking available at Poolsbrook Country Park. Enough to accommodate 165 vehicles but note that one of the car parks is accessed from Erin Road and is on the opposite side of the lake to the café. It is a 5 minute walk from the start

The site boasts a visitor centre that houses the ranger base, public toilets, community meeting rooms and a cafe. Also in the park are a children's adventure play area, picnic sites, sledging slopes, four miles of trails of cycling, horse riding and walking and lakes for angling.

Situated nearby is the Staveley Healthy Living Centre, which includes a full leisure centre, showers, lockers and an alternative café.

The Trans Pennine Trail passes Poolsbrook Country Park affording direct access to walking and cycling trails which stretch for many miles.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts about 300m away from the café.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Bus routes from the Centre of Chesterfield to Poolsbrook: 74, 81, 90A.

Train: Chesterfield Central Station is approximately 15 minutes away.

Getting there on foot

There are multiple ways to access Poolsbrook Country Park.

From Staveley Healthy Living Centre: Go right along Inkersall Road. Walk past ‘Staveley Miners Welfare Football Club’ turn left onto Cemetery Lane. Turn Right the park is ahead right.

From the River Doe Lee direction walk along Erin Road (A6192), follow the road and the park is left ahead.

Getting there by road

If using satnav the postcode for Poolsbrook Country Park is S43 3WL.

From the M1: Exit at junction 29a. At the roundabout take the third exit (signposted M1 North, Staveley, A6192). At the second roundabout go straight on to the road signposted Staveley, A6192. In about 1.5 miles turn left immediately past the second colliery wheel into Meadows Drive and turn left again into Pavilion Drive. The park entrance is on the right in about 200 yards

From the A619 (Chesterfield Road / Duke Street): Turn at the traffic lights by the Staveley Healthy Living Centre into Inkersall Road. Take the second right onto Cemetery Road and then right again onto Erin Road. Turn right into Meadows Drive at the colliery wheel, and then left into Pavilion Drive.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Coffee Stop Café, show your barcode for a 10% discount - please come and join us!