parkrun : Hardest & Easiest Courses in UK | course difficulty

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You may well have often thought ‘How hard is my local parkrun compared to a flat 5k?‘.

Below you will find a list of the easiest parkrun courses and the toughest, most difficult parkrun courses. Starting with the easiest first and culminating in the really difficult Lanhydrock parkrun.

This list is purely organised for difficulty by total ascent. Naturally, a seasonally muddy course or an occasionally windy course could make any course relatively easier or harder on the day. For example, Old Deer Park parkrun ranks as flat and ‘easy‘ – but go there on a wet & windy and the grassy and open course is much more difficult.

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Just page down to the list of course OR, instead, have a look at the following highlighted post “parkrun: difficulty rating, adjusted course times” which quantifies the amount of time you might lose on the hillier parkrun courses.

parkrun : difficulty ratings, adjusted times for toughest / hardest / easiest courses

Anyway; here is the list from easiest to hardest. Not all the newer parkruns are on the list. Please let me know which you would like added.

Easiest Sub 10ftSouthsea, Hackney Marshes, York, Strathclyde, Fulham Palace, Long Eaton, Goole, Rickmansworth
Sub 20ftPortrush, Hull, Roding Valley, Evesham, Edinburgh, Crosby, Hove Promenade, Belfast Victoria, Kingsbury Water, Bushy, Worthing, Beckton, Stratford-upon-Avon, Kingston, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hartlepool, Reading, Swansea Bay, Cardiff, Bideford, Eastbourne, Ellenbrook Fields, Montrose, Seaton, Aberystwyth, Wetherby, Cambridge, Poole, Abingdon, Pegwell Bay, Hastings
Sub 30ftMinehead, Market Harborough, Colwick, Southwark, Harwich, Perth, Burgess, Peter Pan, Wimbledon Common, Didcot, Tonbridge, Stretford, Aldenham, Worcester Pitchcroft, Inverness, Greenock, Congleton, Durham, Wythenshawe, Dolgellau, Kingsway, Boston, Winchester, Bryn Bach, Beeston, Gloucester North, Grangemoor, Barking, Bicester, Woking, Great Cornard, March, Riverfront, St Albans, Upton Court
Sub 40ftMansfield, Longrun Meadow, Beckenham Place, Exeter Riverside, Portsmouth Lakeside, Poolsbrook, Thurrock, King’s Lynn, Torbay Velopark, Salisbury, South Manchester, Aylesbury, Northallerton, Malling, Peterborough, Kesgrave, Brighouse, Ellesmere Port, Weymouth, Aberdeen, Burnham and Highbridge, Conwy, Redcar, Bognor Regis, Comber, Thetford, Elgin, Rutland Water, Linwood, Lincoln, Southend
Sub 50ftBanbury, Crane Park, Rother Valley, Tooting Common, Albert, Newbury, Cleethorpes, Croxteth Hall, Penrith, Old Deer Park, Osterley, Pymmes, Warrington, Northala Fields, Antrim, Cassiobury, Ashford, Carrickfergus, Stonehouse, Rushmoor, Portobello, Maldon Prom, Ecos, Perry Hall, Chelmsford Central, Maidenhead, Heslington
Sub 60ftSittingbourne, Bromley, Cwmbran, Hereford, Darlington South Park, Barnstaple, Southport, Wimpole Estate, Walsall Arboretum, Millom, Frimley Lodge, Woodley, Norwich, Newport, Maidstone, Blackpool, Black Park, Prudhoe Riverside, Lydney, Gorleston, Penrose, Andover, Arrow Valley, Daventry, Wanstead Flats
Sub 70ftDruridge Bay, Chippenham, Belton House, Ormeau, Huntingdon, Mersea Island, Riverside, South Norwood, Lytham Hall, Buckingham, Rising Sun, Limavady, Bedfont Lakes, Gunpowder, Catterick, Tees Barrage, Cheltenham, Fareham, Widnes, Rushcliffe, Brockenhurst, Wycombe Rye
Sub 80ftMoors Valley, Valentines, Bangor, Brueton, Doncaster, Victoria, Newcastle, Stormont, Netley Abbey, Cannon Hill, Humber Bridge, Nonsuch, Canons Park, Margate, Ellon, Chipping Sodbury, Milton Keynes, Preston Park
Sub 90ftHarcourt Hill, Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton, Marple, Dulwich, Oak Hill, Oxford, Dartford, Harrow Lodge, Fritton Lake, Whiteley, Brierley Forest, Wilmslow, Burnage, Bournemouth, Riddlesdown, Lowestoft, Great Notley, Forest of Dean, Harrogate, Whitstable, Tamar Lakes, Delamere, Northampton, Scunthorpe, Bedford
Sub 100ftMedina IOW, Whitley Bay, Newark, Tewkesbury, Plymvalley, Penallta, Walthamstow, Worsley Woods, Mulbarton, Cheadle Hulme, Chester, Waterworks, Basildon, Dalby Forest, Citypark, Pontypridd, Porthcawl, Clacton Seafront, Conkers, Folkestone
Sub 110ftGunnersbury, Dudley, Dudley, Panshanger, Stewart, Raphael, Clumber Park, Livingston, Birkenhead, Blandford, Ayr, Wormwood Scrubs, Horsham, Kettering, Derry City, Peckham Rye
Sub 120ftLinford Wood, Luton Wardown, Hatfield Forest, Princes, Ormskirk, Enniskillen, Llanelli Coast, Lymington Woodside, Southwick Country Park, Swindon, Catton, Bexley, Burnley, Bracknell, Fountains Abbey, Queens, Workington, Braunstone, Upton House, Fell Foot, Telford, St Andrews, Corby
Sub 130ftCannock Chase,  Bury St Edmunds, Leicester Victoria, Chichester, Shorne Woods, Basingstoke, Sunderland, Erddig, Peacehaven, Brighton & Hove, Eastleigh
Sub 140ftPontefract, Woodhouse Moor, Blickling, Coventry, Worcester, Aviemore, Harrow, Rugby, Highbury Fields, Knowsley, Heaton, Killerton, Greenwich, Stevenage, Hoblingwell, Omagh, Eglinton
Sub 150ftWotton, Merthyr, Keswick, Sedgefield, Tilgate, Brandon Country Park, Sewerby, Springburn, Mile End
Sub 160ftPreston, Markeaton, South Oxhey, Bath Skyline, Hazlehead, Ipswich, Shepton Mallet, Glossop, Chadderton Hall, Great Lines, Orpington, South Shields, Leamington, Rosliston
Sub 170ftYeovil Montacute, Sherwood Pines, Havant, Richmond Park, Sheffield Hallam, Cranleigh, Gnoll, Hillsborough, Llyn Llech Owain, Melton Mowbray, Colchester Castle, Brockwell
Sub 180ftPennington Flash,  Wallace, Wakefield Thornes, Brundall, Carlisle, Huddersfield, Billericay, Barry Island, Southampton, Gateshead, Kirkcaldy, St Helens, Woodbank, Harlow
Sub 190ftPenrhyn, Bramhall Park, Hanley, Banstead Woods, Vogrie, Falkirk, Grovelands, Colby, Pontypool, Holkham, Witton, Newent
Sub 200ftGuildford, Finsbury, Roundshaw Downs, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Hackworth, Concord
Sub 225ftShipley Country,  Cross Flatts, Rotherham, Phoenix, Rushmere, Hyde, MUSA Cookstown, Pollok, Reigate Priory, Forest Rec, Ally Pally, Bradford, Horton Park, Nostell, Pomphrey Hill
Sub 250ftArmagh,  Bolton, Gedling, Parke, Lloyd, Stamford Park, Stonehaven, Gladstone, Gadebridge, Valley, Canterbury, Skipton, Homewood, Ruchill, Crystal Palace
Sub 275ftHilly Fields, Haigh Woodland, Hockley Woods, Dewsbury, Graves, Brentwood, Barclay, Barrow, Larne, Tamar Trails, Temple Newsam, Trelissick, Roundhay, Oldham, Falls, Henley-on-Thames, Ganavan Sands
Sub 300ftAlice Holt, Sheringham, Camperdown, Dunfermline, Oakwell Hall, Bramley, Halifax, Mole Valley
Sub 400ftColin Glen, Wyre Forest, Gainsborough, Bestwood Village, Pendle, Hampstead Heath, Lancaster, Ashton Court, Bedgebury Pinetum, Clair, Rostrevor, Blackhill, Sheffield Castle, Hadleigh, Cuerden Valley, Tring, Gibside, Tollcross, Barnsley, Ludlow, Queen Elizabeth, Watergrove
Hardest Sub 500ftLullingstone, Bevendean Down, Lyme Park, Drumchapel, Mount Edgcumbe, Wepre, Lanhydrock

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Hello, I’d love to see some of the newer Parkruns graded on this site. How about Heslington and New Earswick (both York area). Thanks.

tfk, the5krunner

ty for the heads up.


did Bevendean Down today – definitely justifies it position in the top 5 hardest!


Great post thank you. Newborough Forest Anglesey is v undulating (think it opened this June)

David Gordon

Can you list the Walmer and Deal Park run

tfk, the5krunner

I will add the new ones at some point in the future than kyou for alerting me to those two.
It is more than just listing as I have to get a course profile and then there is a post that is linked to this information that I also have to update as well. The day job has a greater calling unfortunately. I will try. !! 🙂

Carole Pugh

Pomphrey Hill, Bristol has a tough climb and you have to do three laps to cpmplete the 5K x


Hi, please could you add Macclesfield?

tfk, the5krunner

I’m going to have to do a bunch of them en masse at some point in the futyre as it takes too long to do it piecemeal


Foots Cray Meadows isn’t on here? Perhaps that could be added.

Dave Linkson

Can’t see Mole valley and The Bethlem Royal Hospital is a recent new one.

tfk, the5krunner

good spot. will try to add later next month.
I might even do the Mole Valley one


New ones at Cyclopark and Kingdom now, please.

Superrunner (I wish)

This is a really interesting list encouraging. I assumed my local parkrun was one of the easiest. It isn”t. Thank you


Please list Eden Project Parkrun.

tfk, the5krunner

trick question….
it’s downhill but lots of ups and down and turns too.
it would come out as the easiest by one measure but clearly isn’t the easiest


Would be good to see Lanark Moor on here. I did it this morning and still don’t think I’ve fully recovered! Beautiful course though, well worth the pain! Apologies if I have missed it on the list.


Random question: Why is Bushy in bold?

tfk, the5krunner

there was probably a good reason when i pressed ctrl-b … but i’ve forgotten. It’s my local one tho.

David Linkson

Please add Squerryes winery..


Can’t see, Uckfield, Or Dartford Heath.