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The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. It's run in Platt Fields Park, Fallowfield entirely on good quality 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

South Manchester 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 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 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 South Manchester 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

  • Start on the tree lined avenue near Platt Lane
  • Head away from Platt Lane turning right at the path cross roads
  • Proceed along the path, passing the football training pitches on your right
  • Take the left run over the small bridge (careful of the bollards)
  • Turn right after the bridge and follow the path around the perimeter of the park
  • On reaching the gates at Mabfield Road, cross the road and take the right fork with the Platt Fields Market Garden on your left
  • Take the first left
  • At the next junction, carry straight on (careful of the bollard)
  • Turn right on reaching the playground and head towards the middle of the park keeping right
  • On nearing Wilmslow Road, turn left over the bridge and then immediately left
  • Proceed along the path, passing the event field and tree lined avenue on your right
  • Repeat the above loop until you reach the Wilmslow Road section
  • On your second loop, after turning left onto the bridge, carry straight on to Platt Hall
  • Follow the path around the perimeter of the park, passing the church on your right
  • Turn left back onto the tree lined path where you started
  • The finish will be directly ahead


There is a WC located in the Lakeside centre at the entrance.

Getting There

Location of start

The start area is located on the tree lined avenue adjacent to the main event field near the Platt Lane entrance.

Getting there by public transport

Multiple bus routes serve Wilmslow Road which is adjacent to the park. From the city centre the 41,42,43,142, 143 & 147 and ask for Platt Fields.

Getting there on foot

The park is easily accessible on foot or by bike. There is ample space for bike storage near the start.

Getting there by road

Use postcode M14 6LA to navigate to the free car park within the park (access via Mabfield Road). Alternatively there is on street parking on Grangethorpe Road (M14 6HS) with easy access to the park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at HAUS Café (who offer a 10% discount when you show your parkrun barcode) - please come and join us!