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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 Craigtoun Country Park on a gentle mixed terrain course of gravel and tarmac paths through woods. 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 St Andrews 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 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 St Andrews 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

St Andrews parkrun consists of three full laps of the path around the perimeter of the park with a short additional section after passing the start for the third time which takes you to the finish. The start is located at the main park entrance accessed through the brick gatehouse from the car park. The route is completed in an anti-clockwise direction. Starting on tarmac paths the route turns left at the playpark, heading uphill towards the ticket office/cafe where it turns to the right on each of the three full laps. The route then takes you to the left of the toilets where it joins a gravel path and continues on that path until reaching the top point of the park nearest the golf course. It then turns to the left and heads downhill towards the old scout hut on your right before turning left and crossing a wooden bridge which takes you back to the start. After completing your third full lap continue on the path as before but when reaching the ticket office/cafe continue straight on into the finish funnel.

Facilities

  • Free public toilets are available in the park.
  • The toilet block close to the finish line/cafe has disabled and baby changing facilities.
  • Free parking in the main car park.
  • Children’s play areas, trim trail and other attractions are located in the park Cafe on site, located adjacent to the finish area.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the main park entrance accessed through the brick gatehouse from the car park.

Getting there by public transport

Buses run to St Andrews bus station from Dundee, Cupar, Anstruther etc and timetables can be found here

Leuchars is the nearest railway station (6 miles away) and is served by Scotrail and East Coast mainline services. The train station at Leuchars is connected by bus to St Andrews by bus services 42A, 99B and 99C. From St Andrews, follow the "on Foot" directions below, or there is a Go-Flexi bus/taxi service operated by Fife Council which covers Craigtoun as it is off the bus route - more information can be found here.

Getting there on foot

Craigtoun Park is on the outskirts of St Andrews - follow City Rd south, at the roundabout at the Westport take the 3rd exit onto Argyle St (B939), continue onto Hepburn Gardens (over a mini roundabout) and carry on unitl you come to another roundabout. Take the second exit and continue up hill past Hay Fleming Cres and take the next road on your left and follow the road round, passing Balone Farm Cottage. This road forks, take the road on your right and continue up hill following the road round which will bring you out at the toilets/cafe area of Craigtoun Park.

Getting there by road

From St Andrews follow City Rd South:
  • At the roundabout at the Westport take the 3rd exit onto Argyle St (B939)
  • Continue onto Hepburn Gardens (over a mini roundabout) and carry on until you come to another roundabout.
  • Take the second exit and continue uphill following the road until you see the sign for The Dukes Course on your left.
  • Take this turning and follow the road, passing the Dukes Course Clubhouse and you will find yourself in the Craigtoun Park parking area, where the main gates to the park are.
From the South or North:
  • Follow signs for St Andrews through Guardbridge on the A91.
  • Take a right off of the A91 where there are signs for Craigtoun/Strathkinness.
  • Follow this road through Strathkinness and over the crossroads.
  • Continue on taking a left at the next crossroads and follow the road until you see the sign on your right for The Dukes Course.
  • Take this turning and follow the road, passing the Dukes Course Clubhouse and you will find yourself in the Craigtoun Park parking area, where the main gates to the park are.
  • Warning - The access road to the main car park at Craigtoun is shared with the Dukes golf course. Please be aware of golfers crossing the road or in golf buggies as you drive in.
  • Post Code for GPS: KY16 8NX.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee the Cafe in Craigtoun - please come and join us.