The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Potternewton Park, Leeds. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and trail 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 Potternewton 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.
  • 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 Potternewton 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

A scenic two and three-quarter lap course, mainly on permanent paths but plus one very short trail section.


The Reginald Centre on Chapeltown Road is a very short walk from the finish and provides toilets. It is open before parkrun and if the main doors are locked you can access through the rear doors via Reginald Terrace.
The centre also has computers where new participants can register in advance, and print their barcode.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at Potternewton Park, closest to Harehills Avenue at the lowest part of the park where the ground slopes down from both sides.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: If travelling from Leeds city centre, the number 2 and 3 buses run from stand N2 on New Briggate, and stop close to the Reginald Centre on Chapeltown Road. From there it is a very short walk down Harehills Avenue to Potternewton Park, which is on the left hand side of the road.

Getting there on foot

From the Reginald Centre, cross over Chapeltown Road and head down Harehills Avenue. The park is about a hundred metres along on the left hand side. There are also pedestrian entrances to the park on Avenue Hill and Harehills Lane. The start is closest to Harehills Avenue, at the lowest part of the park where the ground slopes down from both sides.

Getting there by road

If travelling from the north or south, follow the M1 until it joins the M621.
If coming from the east or west on the M62, look for signs to merge onto the M621.
Follow the M621, then at junction 2 take the A643 exit. At Elland Rd Interchange take the 2nd exit onto A643. At Armley Gyratory follow the signs for the A58 (M). Exit left following signs for A61 and A58, then through Sheepscar Interchange follow signs for Chapeltown. Drive up Chapeltown Road, passing through pedestrian lights, then at the lights for the crossroads with Reginald Terrace and Harehills Avenue, turn left into Reginald Terrace.

There is a very small car park behind the Reginald Centre and some limited on-street parking on Reginald Terrace which runs adjacent to the Reginald Centre. The satnav postcode for the Reginald Centre is LS7 3EX. There is also on-street parking on Harehills Lane adjacent to the northern side of Potternewton Park. We would politely ask people not to park along Harehills Avenue and Avenue Hill, as these roads tend to get very busy and congested and extra parked cars can be a nuisance for local residents.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Cafe Bliss, Chapeltown Road, LS7 3DU - please come and join us!