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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 in Figgate Park, Edinburgh. The course is run entirely on concrete 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 Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh 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 Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh 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

This is a 3 lap, clockwise course, in the beautiful Figgate Park.

You will start at the top of Figgate Pond, close to the Baileyfield Road and Hamilton Terrace entrances and near the Green Flag. Staying on clearly visible paths you will follow the path around the pond and then alongside Figgate Burn on your right. Continue straight, going under the bridge, until you see the path curve to the right and cross the burn. The route will be clearly marked.

Return with the burn on your right (be careful going back under the bridge as the path narrows here) until you get to the small wooden bridge. You will cross the bridge and immediately turn left to follow the outline of the pond on your right. Repeat twice more. Just before the end of your third lap you will divert into the finish funnel which will be clearly marked and leads towards the Baileyfield Road exit.

Please remember that parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event please keep to the left and 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 that everyone continues to enjoy the event.


There are no toilets in the park.

Marshals are there to assist you and they will be easily identifiable in hi-vis vests. Urinating in the park cannot be tolerated.

Morrison's on Portobello Road at Piershill has toilets so please ask for directions if needed.

Please familiarise yourself with the Course Safety notes, and listen at the pre-run briefing for any special notes.

The event director will have access to a basic first aid kit and AED.

Please bring water for yourself after you finish. Run directors will only have access to emergency supplies. No storage facilities are available at present, so please come dressed to run the event.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the top of Figgate Pond, close to the Baileyfield Road and Hamilton Terrace entrances and near the Green Flag.

Getting there by public transport

Lothian Bus services 5, 15, 26, 42, 104 and 49 service the local area. You will have a short 5 minute walk from the nearest bus stops to Figgate Park.
You can quickly and easily plan your journey using the Lothian Buses Journey Planner. Lothian Buses also have an excellent free app.

Getting there on foot

Figgate Park is approximately three miles from Edinburgh city centre and is close to Portobello Promenade. Figgate Park is easily accessible by foot and the entrances are well marked. You could run, jog, or walk there.

Getting there by road

Figgate Park is situated in the Portobello area of Edinburgh. If using a satnav the postcode EH15 1NA will bring you to the Baileyfield Road entrance to Figgate Park.

From the city centre follow the A1 (London Road) until you get to Jock’s Lodge where you will continue straight onto the A1140 (Portobello Road/Moira Terrace). You will come to a major junction where you will turn right onto Sir Harry Lauder Road. Take a slight right onto Baileyfield Road. Figgate Park will be on your right.

From the North of the city follow the A199 (Salamander Street/Seafield Road/Seafield Road East) until you reach the junction with the A1140. Continue straight onto Sir Harry Lauder Road. Take a slight right onto Baileyfield Road. Figgate Park will be on your right.

From the South of the city follow the A1 until you reach the junction with Milton Road. Turn left onto Milton Road A1. Continue straight until you read the junction with the A6106 Duddingston Park. Continue straight onto Baileyfield Road. Figgate Park will be on your left.

There is lots of free on-street parking in the local area: Duddingston Road, Duddingston Park, Baileyfield Road, Mountcastle Drive North and South Please park considerately as we are in a residential area. You could consider car-sharing with other parkrunners.

Post Run Coffee

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