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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in York Racecourse - YO23 1EX - Cherry Lane/Tadcaster Road side of the racecourse, opposite the Grandstand. It is run 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 York 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 York 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

1.5 laps (approximately) of the tarmac service road around the inside of the racecourse. Very flat, with few turns, making it a very fast course. On course map, start at green pin and head anti-clockwise round service road. Complete 1 full lap, then continue on round approximately another 1/2 lap to red Finish pin


Toilets - during car boot sale season (April to October) there is a toilet block open behind the southern end of the racecourse grandstands on Racecourse Road, marked as 'Ladies Toilet' on Google Maps. Please do not go into the main racecourse grandstands. Outside of these months, the nearest toilets are at York train station and Tesco Askham Bar. There are no changing facilities at York parkrun.

Getting There

Location of start

West side of the racecourse, on the far side from the Grandstand. Please allow up to 10 minutes to walk to the start from Knavesmire Road.

Getting there by public transport

FirstGroup Service 4 : University - Acomb (ftr) via City Centre & Foxwood
Departs York Railway Station at 8:03, 8:23 and 8:38 taking approx 12 minutes (times correct at Jan 2012)
Stops opposite the Cross Keys pub (close to Cherry Lane). See for current timetable Coastliner Service 840 : Leeds - York - Whitby ?Arrives Dringhouses Church 8:37 See for route map & timetable

Getting there on foot

From York train station, turn right up Station Road onto Queen Street, then right onto The Mount. Keep walking straight onto Mount Vale which becomes Tadcaster Road (A1036). The racecourse is on the left hand side, turn left down Cherry Lane, before you reach Dringhouses. (around a 15min walk).

Getting there by road

From the A64, take the A1036 (West) exit towards Askham Bar. Drive up Tadcaster Road and then there is ample parking on either Knavesmire Road or Racecourse Road - please allow up to 10 minutes to walk to the start line.
There is also very limited parking at the car park at the end of Cherry Lane, but please avoid parking on the adjoining streets.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee from The Cafe2U van and for a post parkrun breakfast join us at the Knavesmire pub on Albemarle Road - please come and join us!