The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. It's run at Tees Barrage International White Water Centre, TS18 2QW on paving and tarmac, although some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain.. 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 Tees Barrage 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.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
  • 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Tees Barrage parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

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 page.

Course Map

View Tees Barrage parkrun in a larger map

Course Description

Follow the blue route heading initially east from the Start point (green pin), before quickly looping round and heading west. On reaching the first bridge, turn right to complete a small anti-clockwise loop to the road and back. Returning to the bridge, cross south to begin a large clockwise loop out along the south bank, crossing back over the second bridge along and back on the north bank. Continue straight on the north bank past the first bridge to reach the Finish (red pin) The first bridge is currently missing from the map, but rest assured it is there, no swimming required! Please note that unfortunately at this time Tees Barrage parkrun is not suitable for wheelchair users or buggies.


Getting There

Location of start

The start is located next to Airtrail at the Tees Barrage International White Water Centre (TBIWWC). Air trail is signposted from the main car park at TBIWWC.

Getting there by public transport

Rail - Our closest station is Thornaby, which is approximately 1.5km from Tees Barrage.

Getting there on foot

TBIWWC is located on Stockton’s cycle pathway and approximately a 1.5km walk from Stockton on the riverside path

Getting there by road

From the North and South A1(M) onto the A19. From the East and West take the A66 and follow the brown tourism signs signposted Tees Barrage. Free car parking is available at TBIWWC.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Riverview Café - please come and join us.