The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is entirely in Woodhouse Moor, Leeds 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

Woodhouse Moor parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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 one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Woodhouse Moor parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners 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 three-lap course starts and finishes at the circular tarmacked area near Akmal’s Tandoori Bistro, just up from the A660 Woodhouse Lane. It is run entirely on tarmac paths.

After the start, participants head to the roundabout on the diagonal path which bisects the park, heading anti-clockwise and exiting on the fourth path. At the end of this path, take a sharp right past the Queen Victoria statue and head clockwise around the park with a nice downhill towards the Robert Peel statue. There take a sharp right uphill, then the first left to take you to the start, continuing to the Queen Victoria statue and another lap. On the third lap, bear right past the start line to reach the finish.


Unfortunately we currently do not have access to toilets in the park. We are working with the new tenants of the pavilion to agree use of their facilities for half an hour.

For parkrun tourists who need a post-parkrun-spruce-up, Leeds University will allow us to use the shower facilities at their nearby ‘Gryphon Sports Centre’ (on Woodsley Road) for £1 per runner. This facility is not used very often, so if you plan to make use of it then please call in advance (0113 343 6771).

Bags can be left (at the owner’s risk) near the start line. There is on-street parking on most of the roads around the park, and on the side-streets. 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, the traffic wardens are very keen! 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.

Weather permitting, we head to The Birdcage, which is a piece of land across the A660 with outdoor seating and tables. Refreshments can be bought from Coffee on the Crescent and other cafes nearby.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts from the circular tarmacked area near Akmal’s Tandoori Bistro, just up from the A660 Woodhouse Lane. 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 transport

Leeds 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).

Getting there on foot

Assuming 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. You’ll see the Duke of Wellington statue, head down the path that bisects the park to a small roundabout, the start is on the right.

Getting there by road

Leeds has good motorway links from all directions via the M62 and M1 but allow sufficient time for the final part of the journey into the city. It’s generally possible to find free, on-street parking on the streets surrounding the park, allow around 10 minutes walking time if using the public car parking available at the University of Leeds.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at The Birdcage, which is a piece of land across the A660 with outdoor seating and tables. Refreshments can be bought from Coffee on the Crescent and other cafes nearby - please come and join us.