The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Ruchill 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.

Course Safety

The Ruchill 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.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or 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 also 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.
  • 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Ruchill 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

This is a 3 lap clockwise course starting near the Murano Street park entrance which heads south on the level and then up a gradual incline before turning downhill for a short distance. passing the high park school campus on the left. A turn towards the south at the bottom of the hill leads to a long level section that builds to a gradual incline and a turn northwards to return towards the start area. The first lap then finishes with a loop and a sharp but short incline and a right turn back to the start. The first lap is repeated twice and then for the finish the course heads west to finish near the Murano Street park gate.

Facilities

facilities include a children’s play area and outdoor gym.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts near the Murano Street park entrance.

Getting there by public transport

Bus:
Service numbers 60, 60A and 61 from Hope Street (City Centre), alight at Maryhill Police station, take a short walk to the junction of Maryhill road and Bilsland Drive and turn right onto Bilsland Drive. Follow the road for 5 minutes until you reach the park.
Service number 8 - from Partick - alight at Hawthorn Street next to the Petrol Station. Walk back along Hawthorn Street until you reach the junction at A1 Kilts. At the crossing, walk straight ahead onto Bilsland Drive. Follow the road for 5minutes until you reach the park

By Train
Queen Street to Possilpark and Parkhouse Station
Walk on to Balmore road, and head south, towards the city centre, until you reach the junction of Hawthorn Street / Bilsland Drive and Balmore Road. Turn right onto Bilsland Drive. The park is a 5 minute walk along the road.

More information re bus and train services available on the Traveline website

Getting there on foot

From the west - Walk up Queen Margaret Drive until you reach the junction with Maryhill Road and Bilsland Drive. Cross Maryhill Road and head straight onto Bilsland Drive, after 5 minutes walk you will reach Ruchill Park

Getting there by road

If using SAT NAV the nearest postcode is G20 7RS

From City Centre: Head towards Cowcaddens Road to join Garscube Road, take exit on roundabout following A81 onto Maryhill Road and at the next set of lights turn right onto the B808 Bilsland Drive. Go through the tunnel and take the next right into Murano street and the park entrance.

From West Glasgow: Join the A82 Great Western Road heading eastbound towards Glasgow City centre. At the junction at Botanic Gardens, turn left on to Queen Margaret Drive. At the end of Queen Margaret Drive, head straight on at the junction of A81 Maryhill Road and the B808 Bilsland Drive. Go through the tunnel and take the next right into Murano street and the park entrance

From East Glasgow: Join the M8 travelling Westbound (Glasgow Airport) ? Exit at Junction 16 (Port Dundas), and head straight on the A804 until you reach a roundabout. At the roundabout, join the A81, and follow the road until you join Maryhill Road and at the next set of lights turn right onto the B808 Bilsland Drive. Go through the tunnel and take the next right into Murano street and the park entrance

From South Glasgow: Join the M8 travelling towards Edinburgh, and cross the Kingston Bridge. Take the slip road for A82 Dumbarton until you join Great Western Road. Continue on Great Western Road until you reach the junction at Botanic Gardens. Turn right onto B808 Queen Margaret Drive and follow until you reach a junction with a 4 way set of lights. Continue straight on to B808 Bilsland Drive. Go through the tunnel and take the next right into Murano street and the park entrance

From North Glasgow: Take directions towards Possilpark, and join Hawthron Street, travelling West until you reach the junction at the crossroad of Balmore Road and Hawthorn Street. Go straight ahead to join the B808 Bilsland Drive. Take a left immediately afterwards to join Murano Street and the park entrance

From M8 Motorway travelling Westbound (Glasgow Airport): Exit at Junction 16 (Port Dundas), and head straight on the A804 until you reach a roundabout. Join the A81, and follow the road until Maryhill Road. At the next set of lights turn right onto the B808 Bilsland Drive. Go through the tunnel and take the next right into Murano street and the park entrance

From M8 Motorway travelling Eastbound (Edinburgh): Take slip road for A82 Dumbarton and follow until you join Great Western Road. Continue until you reach the junction at Botanic Gardens. Turn right onto B808 Queen Margaret Drive. Follow until you reach a junction with a 4 way set of lights. Continue straight on to B808 Bilsland Drive. Go through the tunnel and take the next right into Murano street and the park entrance).

Ample street parking is available on Murano Street.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Glasgow Life, Ruchill Golf Course, Brassey St, Glasgow, G20 9HP - please come and join us!