The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. It's run in Woodbank Park, starting on the main path heading towards the athletics track and run mainly on tarmac. The finish is on a grassy section close to the start, next to the animal war memorial. 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 Woodbank 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 Woodbank 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

The run starts on the wide open path of Woodbank Park, heading towards the athletic track. The first small loop is in a clockwise direction.
Once you've run past the animal war memorial, there are two loops to complete and you will be going round in an anti-clockwise direction.
You'll also enter neighbouring Vernon Park; where the paths are narrower and more enclosed.

After starting you'll complete approx 700 mtrs and find yourself at the animal war memorial. There is a short section of trail, after the memorial. Be careful here as there may be mud if the weather is inclement and there are some tree roots on this path.

Go through the gate and enter Vernon Park. Turning to the right you will pass an enclosed garden area with the museum on your left. A steep descent takes you down into the park. The park has many interlacing paths, but the route will be clearly marked and marshalled. There is a tight left turn at the bottom of the hill where it levels out as it goes towards the sharp left turn at the furthest point in the park. An incline takes you under the bridge and past the Bowling Greens to your right, here the path is cobbled for about 20 metres.

The route now takes you out of the main gate of Vernon Park and through Woodbank's main gate back into the park. Be careful on this short stretch as the road runs parallel with the route and there is a car park entrance. Marshals will always be stationed here for runners' safety.

As you follow the route, the path splits here and you need to take the right hand fork; this is marked with cones. This path winds its way back towards the track, but this time you will be going in the opposite direction to when you started the run. Carry on past the track and turn left heading towards the animal war memorial. After passing the memorial you will start a second loop and follow the same directions.

As you come up to the memorial at the end of your second loop the finish line will be set off to the left on the grass.

Facilities

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the wide open path of Woodbank Park, heading towards the athletic track.

Getting there by public transport

Stockport is the closest railway station and is serviced from Manchester or the south & east. (www.nationalrail.co.uk). The closest bus services are on Offerton Road. There is also transport links from Hyde with bustops at the far end of Vernon Park and on Marple Road. (330, 364, 380, 381, 382, 383, 384, 386) www.gmpte.com

Getting there on foot

Woodbank Park is situated very close to Stockport town centre (postcode SK1 4JR). The start area is on the main footpath within the Woodbank Park grounds. It's just two hundred metres from the main gate.

Getting there by road

There is a large free car park accessible from Turncroft Lane and a smaller one at the Woodbank park entrance. Both are a short walk to the start from here.

From junction 27 on the M60 proceed up the A626 (St Mary’s Way). Go through one set of lights & up the hill, turning left at the next set of lights into Hall Street (West Way Nissan Garage, on the right). A petrol station will be on the left, immediately after it, turn left into Turncroft Lane. Follow the road towards the park entrance where the smaller car park can be found, and the larger car park is on your left about 400mtrs further on. If driving from Marple, follow the A626 along Offerton Rd and look for the signs for Woodbank Park. Alternatively drive up the A6 from the east and turn right into Dialstone Lane when you come up to the turn off for Stepping Hill hospital and follow the signs for Woodbank Park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Vernon museum cafe - please come and join us.