Forest Park Ladies 5k

5k Race Route

To see the route in Google Maps, so that you can zoom in on particular parts, please click here.

For a text description of the route, see below on this page.

This route is used for the long-established Forest Park Ladies 5k Race and also for the occasional Friday lunchtime charity fun runs.

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The route (shown above in red) starts a little under ½ mile away from the Birchwood Forest Park Ranger Centre on the other side of the subway in Birchwood Brook Park.

The route has been re-measured by an accredited course measurer for 2015.

From the start, it goes south along the footpath away from the Forest Park and leaves the Brook Park after about 1.75k turning left onto the footpath alongside Dewhurst Road.

The route continues straight across the Railway Station car park, passing the 2k marker as you leave the car park, continuing down onto the gravel footpath.  Continue along the footpath until it bends right at about 2.3k, then follow the path emerging onto the wide Birchwood Boulevard.  Cross over to the right side of the road and follow it until a road exits the Boulevard to the right at about 2.75k.  Follow the footpath and cross the road (taking care of any traffic), continuing on the footpath on the other side of the road.

Continue on the path with the fence to your left and the wood to your right.  Shortly after the 3k point, turn right before the subway ahead (before the sign for "Lowes Farm Subway"), opposite a path to your left, onto the footpath into Oakwood Gate Park.  Follow the path, going up a short hill at about 3.3k and emerge from the wood, turning left onto a tarmac path.  Go down the hill, turning right at about 3.5k just after the walled garden on to a wooded footpath.  At the end of the path bear left, then immediately turn right over the footbridge.

Follow the path straight down through the red block-paved area ("Red Square") - the 4k point is as you leave the Square.  Fork left shortly after the 4k marker and follow the footpath back to the Forest Park, finishing on the grass on the opposite side of the playing field from the Ranger Centre.

This route as shown was plotted using a GPS.  The race route has been accurately measured.

Forest Park Ladies 5k - course record

16:59  (2000)
Jayne Spark
(Altrincham & District AC)

The runbritain web site is run by UK Athletics.  Site has lots of info on road training and racing.

Forest Park Ladies 5k - directions

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Race Venue

Ranger Centre
Birchwood Forest Park
off Moss Gate
(no postcode)

Forest Park Ladies 5k - past winners & race statistics

 Year Winner Club Time Finishers Last finisher
Team winners
 2017 Emma Crowne
 Wrexham AC
 19:08 136 57:30 Spectrum Striders RC
 2016 Rachel Fairclough
 St Helens Striders
 19:55155 41:15 St Helens Striders
 2015 Louise Blizzard Belgrave Harriers 19:54150 43:00 Spectrum Striders RC
 2014 Diane McVey
 Wilmslow RC
 18:29151 43:46
 Wilmslow RC
 2013 Diane McVey Wilmslow RC
 18:22170 45:36 Vale Royal AC
 2012 Louise Blizzard
 Belgrave Harriers
 19:00119 44:58
 Spectrum Striders RC
 2011 Karrie Hawitt Warrington AC 18:05119 40:51 Warrington AC
 2010 Liz Whitfield Spectrum Striders RC 18:10 95 43:35 Spectrum Striders RC
 2009 Tessa McCormick Vale Royal AC 19:17 101 37:06 Vale Royal AC
 2008 Claire Davies Spectrum Striders RC 18:46 104 35:36 Spectrum Striders RC
 2007 Claire Davies Spectrum Striders RC 18:56 92 44:31 Spectrum Striders RC
 2006 Claire Davies Spectrum Striders RC 18:37 122 40:59 Spectrum Striders RC
 2005 Nicola Bird Ellesmere Port RC 18:12 176 52:13 Spectrum Striders RC
 2004 Karrie Hawitt Warrington AC 17:56 198 46:40 Spectrum Striders RC
 2003 Karen Hutchinson Horwich RMI Harriers
 19:17 184 32:26 Spectrum Striders RC
 2002 Sandra Branney Warrington AC 18:31 188 44:15 Warrington AC
 2001 Joanne Bailey West Cheshire AC 18:56 140 39:12 Spectrum Striders RC
 2000 Jayne Spark Altrincham & District AC 16:59 162 43:15 Warrington Road Runners
 1999 Jennifer Heath Sale Harriers 17:45 143 37:49 Altrincham & District AC
 1998 Ruth Clayton Ford Halewood AC 18:14 121 35:40 Spectrum Striders RC
 1997 Kerrie Wood Glossopdale Harriers 18:28 124 36:50 Spectrum Striders RC
 1996 Jennifer Clague Liverpool Harriers 17:28 101 34:35 Altrincham & District AC
 1995 Sarah Young Salford Harriers 17:23 116 40:24 Altrincham & District AC
 1994 Cecilia Greasley Macclesfield Harriers 18:22 63 34:00 Vale Royal AC
 1993 Margaret Boleman Sale Harriers 17:30 89 31:59 Altrincham & District AC

Course records are shown in bold type.