The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Queen’s Park, Glasgow. The course is run entirely on tarmac 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.
The Queen’s parkrun, Glasgow 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 lymediseaseuk.com 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 Queen’s parkrun, Glasgow is fun and safe for everyone.
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
A three lap, hilly tarmac course on the east side of Queen’s Park. It starts and finishes near the bandstand, providing a steady climb through the park to just below the flagpole rewarded with panoramic views across Glasgow and towards the Campsies, and thereafter a long downhill to complete the first lap. This is then repeated two more times.
There are toilets available in Queen’s Park Baptist Church just beside the start of the parkrun, which can be accessed at the rear entrance via the lane on Balvicar Street at the church. There are no public toilets in the park itself.
There are two children’s play parks, tennis courts and an outdoor gym within the park.
Location of start
The events starts near the bandstand.
Getting there by public transport
Bus: First bus 4 and 6 stop on Queen’s Drive, and First 3, 38 and 57 all stop on Pollokshaws Road at Queen's Drive.
Train: Glasgow Central to Queen's Park train station, which is only a few minutes’ walk from the start. Mount Florida, Crosshill, Pollokshields West and Crossmyloof train stations are also close by.
Getting there on foot
There are multiple entrances to Queen’s Park. The nearest two entrances to the park are at Balvicar Drive and Victoria Road:
From Balvicar Drive, enter the gates and the start is just to your left.
From Victoria Road, the start is just to your right
Getting there by road
Queen’s Park sits on the A77. If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is G42 8QS.
From the south on the M74 -
Turn off at junction 1A Polmadie taking a left at the lights. At the next set of traffic lights turn right onto Calder Street. Continue on for roughly 1 mile then turn left onto Victoria Road. Drive straight until the end of the road.
M8 from the west -
Follow signs for M74, once on the M74 turn off at junction 1A Polmadie taking a right at the lights then follow the directions above.
M8 from the north/east -
Once over the Kingston bridge, turn off at junction 20 and take the right hand lane and bear right at the first set of lights onto Wallace Street. Turn right at the set of lights under the railway bridge onto Eglington Street (A77). Go straight staying on the A77 for approximately 1.4 miles and the park will be on your left.
There is very limited on street parking outside the park on the streets surrounding the park. Near the start there is on street parking in Balvicar Drive (please park the back or front of your car on the lip of the pavement to allow more cars to park in this area) and in Queen’s Drive. There is also parking at Langside Road where it would be a short walk to the start
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Queen’s Park Baptist Church - please come and join us!