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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Victoria Park, Widnes. 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

The Widnes 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.
  • 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 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 Widnes 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

This is a three lap run around the outside paths within Victoria Park, Widnes. Starting and finishing at the band stand opposite the café. The route is clockwise round the park. Flat course round the park including the lake. Paths are wide. As the route nears the lake you will turn right going completely round the lake to avoid stairs.



Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the band stand opposite the café.

Getting there by public transport

As the train station is near to the park you can take the train. Getting off the train and crossing the road into the park.
For buses please check your local bus company for bus route numbers.

Getting there on foot

Victoria Park is signposted from the town centre.

Getting there by road

Close to town centre, Victoria Park is opposite Widnes Train Station. There are many ways to arrive at Victoria Park. Victoria Park is signposted within Widnes. However if you cannot see them follow signs to train station.

From M62 Junction 6 through Cronton Village into Widnes on A5080 past Hill Crest Hotel and College. At round-a-bout at the Shell Garage turn right onto Birchfield Road, continuing straight following signs to train station.

From M62 Junction 7 take the A57 Warrington Road turning right at traffic lights onto Wilmere Lane (B5419). At end of road turn right onto A5080 and at roundabout at the Shell Garage turn left onto Birchfield Road following signs to train station.

From Runcorn Bridge take the second exit off Runcorn Bridge for Widnes Town Centre taking the 3rd exit towards Halton Stadium. Continue straight over at the next roundabout. This is dual carriageway. At next roundabout take the 1st left onto Kingsway past council offices towards train station and continue straight onto Birchfield Road. Victoria Park will be on your left. Turn right at Appleton Stores (prior to the park) or continue on past the park and turn right onto Lockett Road.

Once at Victoria Park there is no parking in the park itself or on Birchfield Road near the park.
Parking on nearby side streets being careful not to block any driveways.
Parking on Lockett Raod, Fairfield Road, or other side streets available.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Café in the park, which opens at 10am - please come and join us!