The course is 5000m (5K) long. It's run in Craigtoun Country Park on a gentle mixed terrain course of gravel and tarmac paths through woods, with a small section on grass. 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 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.
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
St Andrews parkrun consists of three laps of the park perimeter. Starting at the miniature train 'station' continue on the path which takes you around the perimeter of the park in an anti-clockwise direction. Where the gravel path ends, hang left and pass under the trees on the grass. As you reach the old scout hut on your right, turn left passing across a wooden bridge and returning to the gravel path. Follow the path back round to the cafe and continue on for another two laps. At the end of your third lap continue on the path to the left of the cafe for a further 300 m and follow signs/marshals instructions around the 'bushy hump' to the finish funnel.
Location of start
The start line is located beside the miniature train station. To get there, enter the park by the main gates and follow the path round to the right for 200m.
Getting there by public transport
Buses run to St Andrews bus station from Dundee, Cupar, Anstruther etc. The train station at Leuchars is connected by bus to St Andrews by the bus services 94, 96 and 99. From St Andrews, follow the "on Foot" directions below, or there is a flexi-bus taxi run by the council which covers Craigtoun as it is off the bus route. There is more info on the flexi-bus taxi 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 unitl you come to another roundabout.
- Take the second exit and continue up hill 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.
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.