The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Woodhouse Moor, Leeds and largely on tarmac paths (finish is on grass). 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.
The Woodhouse Moor 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.
- While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to humans through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.
We hope these tips help to ensure that Woodhouse Moor parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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
The course starts just behind the statue of the Duke of Wellington on the southernmost corner of Woodhouse Moor (the corner bordered by Clarendon Road and Moorland Road). Runners then head due north for just short of 600m diagonally across to the other corner of the park where they take a sharp left hand bend and then complete a further approx. two and a half anticlockwise circuits of the park. Runners should therefore only cross the finish line the third time it comes into sight. For the most part the course is on reasonable tarmac or paved paths except for a short (less than 100m) “off-road” stretch of grass and bare earth which also has a short and steep incline which can become muddy in wet weather and also has hazards due to exposed tree roots. Runners should exercise extra caution on the off-road section.
The council kindly allow us to unlock the toilets near the park’s bowling greens for the use of parkrunners. These are normally opened between 8:30am and 10:00am on Saturdays.
For parkrun tourists who need a post-parkrun-spruce-up, Leeds University will allow parkrunners to use the shower facilities at their nearby ‘Gryphon Sports Centre’ (on Woodsley Road) for a nominal charge of £1 per runner. This is a very infrequently used facility so if you plan to make use of it then it would be advisable to notify them in advance (0113 343 6771) to avoid any uncertainty amongst their reception staff on the day.
Bags should be left at the finish line (not the start line) as the start area is unattended as soon as runners have set off. The finish area is normally attended by a volunteer at all times during the parkrun, nevertheless, any bags left there are left at their owner’s risk.
Parking is limited around Woodhouse Moor. There is a small free-of-charge public car park at the northernmost tip of the park (bordered by Hyde Park Road and Woodhouse Lane) which can be accessed from Hyde Park Road. There is some free on-street parking on parts of Clarendon Road and Hyde Park Road which form two of the roads that border the park. Other roads close to the park have a mixture of free parking, residents-only parking, time-restricted parking and metered parking. Please check kerbside signage very carefully to ensure you are parking legitimately. The nearest large public car park is the multi-storey car park on the University of Leeds campus which is open to the public on Saturdays. Parking charges apply, please check the university’s website for details.
There is no café within Woodhouse Moor itself. Our ‘official’ post-parkrun coffee shop is ‘Opposite Café’ on Woodhouse Lane (opposite the university’s Parkinson Building).
Location of startThe start is just behind the statue of the Duke of Wellington on the southernmost corner of Woodhouse Moor (the corner bordered by Clarendon Road and Moorland Road). For reference, a nearby post code is LS6 1AN, however, please note that this is not a good final destination to head for by car as there is no parking in the immediate area of the start.
Getting there by public transportLeeds has a large and well connected railway station which can bring you to Leeds city centre. You can walk from the railway station to the Woodhouse Moor parkrun start line in about half an hour. Alternatively, there are several buses which run from the city centre and go past Woodhouse Moor (along Woodhouse Lane). Bus No 56 runs closest to the start line as it diverts around Woodhouse Moor. If you use this bus you should get off at the Leeds University Business School, stop (45011401), on Moorland Road from where you will see the start line.
Getting there on footAssuming you are starting from Leeds railway station, exit the station on New Station Street and cross Boar Lane to join Albion Street. Carry on straight ahead up Albion Street, crossing the Headrow, when the road becomes Woodhouse Lane, keep going up Woodhouse Lane. After about 2km of walking from the railway station you will arrive at the junction of Woodhouse Lane and Clarendon Road. Turn left onto Clarendon Road. After a little bit less than 400m you will arrive at the junction of Clarendon Road and Moorland Road where the start line will be in sight to your right.
Getting there by roadLeeds is linked to the M62 and M1. parkrunners travelling to Woodhouse Moor parkrun by car who are coming a large distance and are unfamiliar with Leeds would be better advised to use the public car parking available at the University of Leeds (see ‘facilities’ section above) rather than trying to find a parking spot close by the park.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Opposite Cafe (opposite the large white Leeds University Parkinson Building on Woodhouse Lane - please come and join us.