The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Hamilton Lake, Hamilton. The course is run on a mixture of paved paths and 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.

Course Safety

The Hamilton Lake 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 human’s 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 Hamilton Lake 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


View Hamilton Lake parkrun in a larger map

Course Description

This scenic course follows the lakes edge for approximately 3.7km to complete the circling of the lake and then has the additional 1.3km sector as a loop to return the runners to the start point at the Yacht Club. The surface is on a wide paved footpath that is flat and the final 750 metres is on a grass surface.
Note that the lake edge is exposed to the weather elements with limited shelter provided from trees

Facilities

The Hamilton Lake parkrun is a great weekly event to get the whole family involved with as the course is nice and flat, central to city and afterwards has a great playground for the kids to play while the parents have a coffee and recover. A great way to get your weekends exercise tied in with a family experience and create great habits for the next generation.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at Hamilton Yacht Club off Lake Domain Drive, Hamilton.

Getting there by public transport

From the Hamilton Transport Centre take bus 29 for the 10 minutes trip to Hamilton Lake. From the drop off point it is a 800m walk around the lake edge to the race start.
For the bus route and current timetable please check the busit website

Getting there on foot

At the Hamilton Yacht Club off Lake Domain Drive, Hamilton on the Innes Common side of the Hamilton Lake.

Getting there by road

Examples of things you might want to include: Turn off Lake Domain Drive to enter the car park by the Hamilton Yacht Club where there is a car park with approximately 120 car parking spaces.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Fresca Cafe on Alison Street - please come and join us!