The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at The Bandstand, Victoria Park, St Helens. 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.

Course Safety

St Helens 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 one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • 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 St Helens 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

Three long and one short lap anti-clockwise around this newly restored historic town park. The run starts at the bandstand behind The Mansion House and then follows wide tarmac paths around most of the park. The course is undulating with a hill running north to south throughout the park. There are good views of much of the course from the bandstand and runners will run through mature woodland and around a pond where the paths get more narrow before finishing back at the Bandstand


Parking, Toilets, Play Areas, Coffee Shop for more information please visit St Helens Council website.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the bandstand behind The Mansion House.

Getting there by public transport

The closest railway station is St Helens Central. It's a 30 minute walk to Victoria Park, uphill or less than 10 minutes in a taxi.

The 32 and 32A buses to Clinkham Wood pass the park. For timetables please visit Arriva's web site.

Getting there on foot

From the Town Hall steps turn right and walk to the roundabout with the statue of the Coal Miner. Turn right into North Road and walk up hill for approx 1 mile.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is WA10 2UE

From town/city centre: Follow North Road and signs towards A580. The park is approx 1 mile from the Town Centre up hill.

From South: The closest motorway junction is M62 J7, follow signs into the Town Centre on A570 St Helens Linkway, pass Ravenhead Retail Park on your left and Tesco on your right. At the College roundabout take the 3rd exit keeping Asda on your left. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit up North Road. The park is approx 1 mile on your left.

From North East: Take A580 towards Liverpool and exit at City Road which is approx 1 mile past Carr Mill Dam Traffic Lights and Waterside Premier Inn.

From North West: Take A580 towards Manchester and exit at Windle Island (Traffic Lights). Follow A570 towards Town Centre and turn left at the end of the one way system on Greenfield Road into Bishop Rd. The park is on the right in approx 1/2 mile.

Free Car parking is available at the Mansion House on City Rd. Most of the streets around the park are free of parking restrictions but please respect local residents and avoid blocking pavements or driveways.

Accommodation can be found at: Waterside Premier Inn or Chalon Court Hotel, both less than 10 minutes drive from Victoria Park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Bandstand, organised by a local running group - please come and join us!