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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Clifton Park, Rotherham. 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.

Course Safety

The Rotherham 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 Rotherham 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

Runners start on the main path approximately 200 metres from the Car Park and Museum building and runners will complete three clockwise laps of the park before continuing up the hill to the finish located directly in front of the museum.


Toilets are available by the kiosk at the paddling pool, approximately a 2 to 3 minute walk from the start and finish. Please allow plenty of time to get back to the start.

From 9.30am the toilets in the museum will be open (for use at the finish).

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the main path 200 metres from the Museum building. The Sat Nav postcode is S65 2AA.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The best bus route for getting to Clifton Park is the X1/X10, from Sheffield, Meadowhall and Rotherham, travelling towards Maltby. From Rotherham Interchange, the bus goes uphill before a light-controlled cross-roads. Alight at the next stop, the Clifton Lane stop, in front of the museum. The bus from Maltby also stops on Clifton Lane.

The 114 stops at the top of the hill, then turning left to a stop close to the east entrance to the park - make your way to the top path, near the tennis courts.

For other bus routes, alight at bus station, emerge from east end (stands A10/B10), cross to Tesco supermarket and turn right up Wharncliffe Street. At top of hill cross to park entrance (west corner on map of park) and follow the signs to the museum (total: 600m).

Train: Emerge from Rotherham railway station and turn right onto Bridge Street and over Chantry Bridge to traffic lights (opposite Bus Station, stands A1, B1). Take the second right onto Bridgegate for about 120m. Bear left across All Saints Square (below Rotherham Minster) to College Street. Bear right for 170m and turn left (at the British Heart Foundation shop) onto Doncaster Gate. Follow this road uphill to traffic lights. The park entrance is on the right corner at the junction. Enter Clifton Park near the Cenotaph. Follow path to up the hill to the museum.

Getting there on foot

From Town Centre (All Saints Square): Facing minster, go left to College Street. Bear right for 170m and turn left onto Doncaster Gate. Follow this road uphill to traffic lights. The park entrance is on the right corner at the junction. Enter Clifton Park near the Cenotaph and follow path up the hill to the Museum.

Getting there by road

The Sat Nav postcode is S65 2AA.

M1 - Junction 33: Come off at junction 33 to take the A630 exit to Sheffield (Centre)/Rotherham, at the roundabout take the third exit onto Rotherway/A630. At the next roundabout take the second exit onto West Bawtry Road (A631). Continue for 1.5 miles and go left (first exit) at the roundabout onto Broom Lane (B6410). After about a mile, make a slight left onto Broom Road (A6021). At the roundabout take the second exit onto Clifton Lane for 400 metres where the park will be on your right.

M1 - Junction 34: Come off the motorway at junction 34 to take the exit for Sheffield/Rotherham/Meadowhall (A6109). At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Meadow Bank Road (A6109) and continue for 1.6 miles until you reach a roundabout. At the roundabout, take the third exit onto New Wortley Road (A629) and go straight over the roundabout approximately 400m on. At the next roundabout, take the second exit to Centenary Way. At St Anne’s roundabout, take the fourth exit, doubling back past Tesco. Take the first left before the traffic lights, in the right lane to avoid the Tesco car park and continue up hill. (If you go into Tescos, continue round the building to an uphill exit). At the traffic lights at the top of the hill, go straight ahead alongside the park. Turn left to the Museum and car park on the left (pay and display) after 400m. From the Finish on the opposite side of the museum, go right along the main path to the Start.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the museum (close to the car park off Clifton Lane). It is open from 9.30am - please come and join us!