The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Springburn Park, Balgrayhill Road, Glasgow, G21 3UB. 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.
The Springburn parkrun, Glasgow 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 lymediseaseuk.com 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 Springburn parkrun, Glasgow is fun and safe for everyone.
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
The course which is 2.5 laps in a clockwise direction starts in the middle of the park at the statue of Sir James Reid and heads south towards the perimeter path where it turns right downhill with a view to the skeletal Winter Gardens to the right. This is the start of the first lap. The course continues on the path with the rockery to the left and further on the basketball court to the right. It then takes a left turn towards Mosesfield House and continues around the house emerging with the Mosesfield Memorial Garden on the right. The course then heads uphill towards the pond and onwards around the top perimeter path and down to complete the first lap. Repeat the lap. On the third lap instead of going left at Mosesfield house continue on the main path and turn right along to the finish at the Unicorn ‘fountain’ monument.
There are access to toilets at the football pitches within the park which are approx 400 metres from the start of the run.
There is no public parking in the park but there is plenty of on street parking in the surrounding streets.
In the park there is
- a modern children’s play park
- grade 1 listed former Winter Gardens
- cricket pitch
- bowling greens
- orienteering course
Location of start
The run starts in the middle of the park at the statue of Sir James Reid.
Getting there by public transport
Bus: Various bus routes operate from the City Centre to the park gates at Balgrayhill Road including the numbers 10 and 88. For further information please see the First group website.
Train: Trains operate from Queens Street station to Springburn station which is a 15 minute walk from the park. For further information please see the ScotRail website.
Getting there on foot
From the park gates in Balgrayhill Road head uphill to the statue of Sir James Reid which is in the middle of the park, There are entrances on all sides of the park.
From Springburn train station turn right onto Atlas Road towards Springburn Way. Turn left onto Springburn Way and continue straight ahead past the Shopping Centre and Sports Centre and then merge left onto Balgrayhill Road. The park is the right hand side about 150 metres ahead on the right.
Getting there by road
If using SATNAV the postcode is G21 3UB.
From the Kingston Bridge take the M8 Eastbound in the direction of Edinburgh and exit at junction 15 onto Springburn Road and continue on the A803 towards Bishopbriggs. Take the exit on the left onto the B808 towards Balgrayhill. Turn right onto Hawthorn Street and then left on to Balgrayhill Road. The park is on the right about 200 metres beyond Springburn Academy.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Thomas Muir Coffee Shop, 100 Crowhill Road, Bishopbriggs, Glasgow, G64 1RP - please come and join us!