The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Victoria Park, Glasgow. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and crazy paving. 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 Victoria 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.
  • 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 Victoria parkrun, Glasgow 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


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Course Description

The route consists of three laps of Victoria Park. It is scenic (around a pond with Mute Swans, Coots, Moorhens, Tufted Ducks & more) reasonably flat and with no real hills - only one slight incline! It is designed to be enjoyable, rather than for pure speed. It is mainly tarmac with one short section of crazy paving.
From the start near the main gates on Victoria Park Drive North the course bears left at the bottom of the main avenue of trees and goes through the formal gardens and around the boating pond. The route continues west along the path near the park perimeter towards the Fossil Grove and along the narrow crazy paved path which runs parallel with the dual carriageway. It then turns right, up a slight incline and at the top of the incline the course turns right and back in an easterly direction towards the main avenue of trees. Once there that’s the first lap done. Repeat this twice. The final lap of the course turns left just before the formal gardens and then winds round again to the left to finish on the straight on the park perimeter near the start.

Facilities

Prior to the run, toilets are usually available in the park at the west end of the boating pond. Toilets can also be found in Scotstoun Sports Centre at 72 Danes Drive, G14 9HD which is approximately 1K from the start line. We advise runners to arrive in plenty of time and incorporate the trip in their warm-up run.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts near the main gate in Victoria Park Drive North.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Various bus routes operate from the City to Dumbarton Road, Crow Road and Balshagray Avenue.

Train: : The park is a 15minute walk from both Jordanhill and Hyndland Stations. More information can be found on the traveline scotland website.

Getting there on foot

The park is easily accessible from Dumbarton Road, Balshagray Avenue, Victoria Park Drive North and Westland Drive.

Getting there by road

Victoria park is located close to the north exit from the Clyde Tunnel and the Whiteinch turn off from the Clydeside Expressway. There is some parking around the perimeter of the park, particularly in Victoria Park Drive North and Victoria Park Drive South. If parking on Victoria Park Drive South access to the park can be found via the underpass at Whiteinch Library G14 9RL and then a short walk to the North end of the park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Whiteinch Community Centre Cafe, 1 Northinch Court, Glasgow G14 0UG. From the park, take the underpass onto Victoria Park Drive South, turn left into Inchlee Street, straight on through Dumbarton Road, first right onto Northinch Street. Northinch Court is next on the right. It is no more than a five minute walk from the park - please come and join us!