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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Sale Water Park, Sale. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and trail 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 Sale Water 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 Sale Water 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

An out and back course along the banks of the River Mersey and the shore of Sale Water Park. Keep right for the first 500m, then keep to the left on the paths for the remainder of the run.


Toilets: Toilets are located on the side of the building that TreeTops Café is located in, near the start line.

Bike Storage: There is limited bike storage available outside TreeTops Café and at Sale Water Park Metrolink stop (approx. 400m away). There are railings and fences that can also be used to store bikes.

Getting There

Location of start

We start on the path near TreeTops Café. We meet on the grassy picnic area outside the café for the pre-run briefing.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Sale Water Park has no direct bus services, however there are multiple routes and services which stop within a mile of our event.

From Chorlton, the Stagecoach 85A and M Travel Minibuses 276 stop on Barlow Moor Road (then follow the on foot directions below).

In Sale Moor and Northernden the Go Goodwins nos. 260, 267, 268, Stagecoach nos. 19, 41, 143, X5 and Arriva North West no. 18 services all stop either on Old Hall Road and/or Legh Arms pub on Northernden Road which is around 1 mile from our start line (follow on foot directions below)

Train: The nearest train stations are Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Airport. All three are served with good bus links, and Metrolink services which will take you very close to our start line (see Tram below)

Tram: We are 400m from Sale Water Park Metrolink stop on the Manchester Airport Line and approx. 1 mile from Dane Road Metrolink on the Altrincham Line.

Getting there on foot

From Chorlton: Walk down Hardy Lane until you reach the last house on your right where you will see a gravel path. Follow this path until you come to the River Mersey where you will see a green metal footbridge and Jackson’s Boat pub on the opposite side. Follow the road and path past Jackson’s Boat, at the mini roundabout turn right and follow the path until you get to the triangular building with the red roof.

From Sale Moor/Northernden: Walk via Old Hall Road, and under the M60. At the second roundabout after you have gone under the motorway, go straight across and follow the road to the mini roundabout after Sale Water Park Metrolink which is on your right. Take the left turn on the mini roundabout and follow the path until you get to the triangular building with the red roof.

Getting there by road

Sat Nav Post Code: M33 2LX

We are located on Rifle Road, Manchester, M33 2LX

We are located just a few hundred metres from Junction 6 of the M60 motorway.

M60 Clockwise: Exit the motorway at J6 (Sale A6144), at the roundabout at the end of the slip road turn right, go under the bridge, then straight over the second roundabout. Follow this road to the mini roundabout and turn left, then follow the road to the car park.
M60 Anticlockwise: Exit the motorway at the signs for Junctions 7&6 (Altrincham A56, Sale A6144) onto the separate carriageway from the main part of the motorway. Keep right and drive for around 1.5 miles to J6.
At the end of the slip road, turn left at the roundabout. Follow the road to the mini roundabout and turn left. Follow this road to the car park.

Please try to park outside the Mersey Valley Visitors Centre first, and if this is full, use the Metrolink park and ride car park. If parking in Metrolink you must display a parkrun barcode in your windscreen and leave before 10:30am. Please do not park outside Trafford Water Sports Centre.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in TreeTops Café - please come and join us!