The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Lakeside North Harbour, Portsmouth. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and hard pack 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.

Course Safety

The Portsmouth Lakeside 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.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or 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 also 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.
  • 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

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 page.

Course Map

Course Description

The course starts adjacent to the Lakeside North Harbour business complex, near to the short-stay car park.

From here, on a flat tarmac path, runners head east towards the Portsbridge Roundabout for a distance of about 750m, where they pass the Porsche dealership and then proceed down a steady slope under the road, and up a similar slope the other side. Immediately after this they make an about turn, and head back west, returning under the road and past the Porsche dealership for a further 500m. Here runners make a left turn and run out around the southern edge of the lake.

A flat gravel path allows runners pleasant views of the lake and its surrounding wooded area, with this section of the course curving steadily from a westerly to northerly direction. After 1.3km along the gravel, and at a junction with another pathway, runners about turn, and return south and east alongside the lake. At the T-junction, runners turn right and again head east past the Porsche dealership and under the road, once again turning back immediately after the climb from the underpass. Heading west again, runners proceed past the T-junction for the last 750m, returning towards the business complex, where runners finish on the grass to the left of the pathway.

Facilities

Toilet within Starbucks Café.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts adjacent to the Lakeside North Harbour business complex, near to the short-stay car park

Getting there by public transport

The nearest train station is Cosham. From here head west onto Portsmouth Road and continue alongside Cosham Park until you turn left onto Northern Road/A397. Turn right onto the pathway and continue under the main road through the underpass. When emerging from the underpass head along the pathway alongside the Porsche garage and follow the path until the seating area. Turn right towards the car park.

Getting there on foot

The nearest train station is Cosham. From here head west onto Portsmouth Road and continue alongside Cosham Park until you turn left onto Northern Road/A397. Turn right onto the pathway and continue under the main road through the underpass. When emerging from the underpass head along the pathway alongside the Porsche garage and follow the path until the seating area. Turn right towards the car park.

Getting there by road

From Portsmouth: Head north on the A3 until the large roundabout. At the roundabout, take the first exit onto Western Road/A27. Continue west until the roundabout and take the first exit. Turn left into Lakeside North Harbour and follow signs for visitors parking until you see parking bays C1 to C6.

From M27: Head east along the M27 towards Portsmouth. Take exit 12 from A27 towards Paulsgrove/Cosham/Hilsea. Follow signs for Paulsgrove and continue on Western Road/A27 until the roundabout. Take the third exit and then turn left into Lakeside North Harbour and follow signs for visitors parking until you see parking bays C1 to C6.

From A27: Head west on the A27 towards Portsmouth. Take the A3 (N) / A3(S) exit towards Cosham/Hilsea, keep right at the fork and follow signs for M275/M27/A3/A27. Continue on Western Road/A27 until the roundabout. Take the first exit and then into Lakeside North Harbour and follow signs for visitors parking until you see parking bays C1 to C6.

Post Run Coffee

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