The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in park. The course is run entirely on concrete 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

Roundhay parkrun 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 Roundhay parkrun 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

The course starts approximately 10m past the monument and heads up towards the Mansion house. Just before reaching this point the course takes a left turn across the top of the park towards the park's Street Lane entrance, before once more taking a left turn at the path's end down to the near corner of Hill60, lovingly known to the run directors as "Gambon Corner". At the bottom of the Hill60 steps you take a sharp left down the side of the cricket pitch and through the cricket pavilion, following the path to the children's playground and the beautiful Lakeside Cafe. The route takes it's final left hand turn and heads back towards the starting monument.

To complete this amazing course you need to do 3 laps, before ending next to the bandstand on the top of the park. The best thing about this outrageously scenic route is that throughout the event you have a clear view of all the parkrunners taking part at all times, meaning that no matter where you are placed, you can see everybody trying their hardest from first to last; it's guaranteed to be a special spectacle every single week, all year round!



Getting There

Location of start

The start is half way down Carriage Drive within the park, approximately 80 metres down from the Mansion House towards the large lake.

Getting there by public transport

The number 2 and 12 buses from Leeds City Centre will take you directly to the park, although unfortunately no trains are available.

Getting there on foot

Roundhay Park can be reached by Street Lane, which is the main road through Roundhay. Regular signs for the park can be found throughout the area; an easy way to locate the park is to follow signs for Tropical World.

Getting there by road

Roundhay Park is 3 miles north of Leeds city centre off the A58 Wetherby Road at Oakwood, please follow signage for Tropical World centre. Car parking can be found in three locations, which are:
  • Behind the Mansion House
  • Near Tropical World on Street Lane, next to Soldiers Field
  • Next to the Lakeside Café on the large lake
Parking is free to all members of the public in these locations; however, there may be a small charge if using the Tropical World car park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Lakeside Cafe next to Waterloo Lake in Roundhay Park when it opens at 10am - please come and join us!