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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Tollcross park, Glasgow. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and grass for the final 50 metres. 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 Tollcross 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 Tollcross parkrun, Glasgow 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

This hilly course is 2.5 laps of the park and is run anti clockwise.
It starts adjacent to the Winter Gardens near the mini bandstand and heads uphill and around the top park perimeter with wonderful views of Glasgow and beyond. Runners then follow a sharp downhill past the allotments and just after the disused buildings take a sharp right turn uphill towards Muiryfauld Drive followed by a left turn downhill past the children's playground and straight across the park road. The edge of the park is then followed parallel to Tollcross Road. The course goes back uphill around the rose gardens and after crossing the park road again and a right turn returns to the Winter Gardens to the start of the second lap. The second lap is identical to the first, and onn the third lap the course is followed until the downhill to the disused buildings with the finish straight ahead on grass.

Facilities

  • The toilets located at Tollcross International Swimming Centre open at 9am.
  • There is a large car park at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre and also plenty of on street parking on Wellshot Road and the surrounding streets.
  • There is a Visitor centre and children's farm in Tollcross Park near the Wellshot Rd entrance. There is also a small children's outdoor play area near the Tollcross Road entrance.
    For further information re the park and its facilities click this link

Getting There

Location of start

The course starts adjacent to the Winter Gardens near the mini bandstand. The Wellshot Road entrance is nearest. The mini bandstand is in the middle of the 'middle gardens' as shown on the notice board.

Getting there by public transport

Train: The nearest train station is Carntyne on the Glasgow/Airdrie/Edinburgh Line.
Please see the Scot Rail website for details.

Bus: Numerous bus routes pass close to Tollcross park including

  • To Shettleston Rd: First Bus nos. 2, 8, 46, 60 & 60A.
  • To Tollcross Rd: First Bus nos 61, 240, 255 & 365
Please see the First website for details.

Getting there on foot

From Carntyne Station: turn right on to Carntynehall Road and head uphill towards Fernan St and Shettleston Road. Turn left on to Shettleston Rd.and then second right on to Wellshot Rd. The main entrance to the park is 350metres on the right.

From Shettleston Rd: get off the bus at Wellshot Road,turn down Wellshot Road. The main entrance to the park is 350 metres on the right.

From Tollcross Rd: get off the bus at Wellshot Rd, turn left up Wellshot Rd. The main entrance to the park is just beyond the Tollcross Sports Centre on the left.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is G32 7YH.

From Glasgow City Centre (4miles): head east on George St and continue east on to Duke St and then Shettleston Rd until the lights at Wellshot Rd. Turn right - the main park gates are 350m just before the large car park at the Tollcross Sports Centre.

From the M74: leave at junction 2A and travel west bound following signs for Tollcross/City. After about 0.5mile turn right on to Braidfauld Street.Tollcross park is on the left after you cross Tollcross Rd.

There is a large car park at the adjacent Tollcross Sports Centre (Centre currently closed but car park open) and also plenty of on street parking available in the streets on and around Wellshot Rd.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow Club, Tollcross, Wellshot Road, G32 7QR - please come and join us!