The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. It's run in Princes Park, Liverpool L8 3SB on paths, although some sections of the course do accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain.. 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

Princes parkrun, Liverpool 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 Princes parkrun, Liverpool 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

Starting at the top of the path near the Belvidere/Devonshire road entrance gates, run down the middle path towards the bottom of the lake. Then turn left to join the park perimeter path around the outside of the lake and run 2 and 1/2 laps of the park perimeter path anti-clockwise. On the third time approaching the Start area, turn left onto the middle path for a fast finish. The park is completely enclosed and is quiet early on.


Getting There

Location of start

We meet in the middle of the park.

Getting there by public transport

By Train: Nearest station is St Michaels (1 mile walk). Go up Southwood Rd, turn left down Bryanston Rd, right up Belgrave Rd, left down Aigburth Rd and right up Ullet Rd. By Bus: From Liverpool One Bus Station: Take a number 27 Arriva bus to Granby St, Toxteth (0.2 mile walk). Walk down Granby St to Princes Ave. Enter Princes Park at the end of the road by roundabout.

Getting there on foot

From Liverpool One Shopping Centre: (1.6 miles) Go up Hanover St, turn right along Duke St leading into Canning St, turn right at Catherine St, cross over Upper Parliament St down Princes Rd and enter Princes Park at the end of the road by the roundabout. From The Strand: Along the Strand, up Upper Parliament St, right along Princes Rd and enter Princes Park at the end of the road by roundabout.

Getting there by road

Princes Park lies off Ullet Road (B5342) and Princes Rd/Princes Ave (B5175). Best parking off/near Ullet Road.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Ryde Café, Cains Brewery off Stanhope Street, Liverpool, L8 5XJ - please come and join us.