The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at University of Stirling, Stirling. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and trail 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

The University of Stirling 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.
  • Runners pushing buggies are also 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.
  • 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that University of Stirling 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

Course Description

Just over two laps of the loch on a mixture of trail and tarmac paths. The course starts at the boathouse.

Facilities

Toilets are located in the main Atrium building, Macrobert Arts Centre Café and the Sports Centre.

Getting There

Location of start

The event will start at the boathouse beside the loch.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The following buses run to the University - Unilink (UL), 51/52, 54, 55.

Train: Bridge of Allan and Stirling train station are both within walking distance of the University campus.

Getting there on foot

Approx 30 min walk from Bridge of Allan train station: From the train station make your way up to the A9 main road. Once on the main road, turn right and make your way into Bridge of Allan. Cross the road at the pelican crossing, located at the Allanwater Café. Follow this route all the way through the town and out the other side. The main entrance to the University of Stirling is located approximately one mile after leaving Bridge of Allan.

Approx 40 min walk from Stirling city centre: Head along Causewayhead Road (A9), passing under the railway bridge. Continue straight up Causewayhead Road until reaching the Causewayhead roundabout. Turn left at the Causewayhead roundabout and follow the path along until reaching the pelican crossing at Wallace High School where you should cross to the pavement on the opposite side of the road. The main entrance to campus is then on your right.

Getting there by road

From the east, south or west take the M9 to Junction 11. At the junction, there is a roundabout which marks the end of the M9. From here you should take the exit for Bridge of Allan, follow the road through the town itself, and after about 200 metres you will find the University entrance on the left.

From Stirling town centre, head along Causewayhead Road (A9) towards the Wallace Monument. Turn right at the Causewayhead roundabout and follow the road to the Airthrey Road roundabout and turn right onto campus.

There are several car parks on campus, including the main University car park, located next to the Cottrell building and the car park by student accommodation. All parking is free and within a 2 minute walk of the start line.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Refresh restaurant in the Willow Halls of Residence. This is near the finish line - please come and join us!