The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Aberdare Park, Aberdare. The course is run entirely 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 Aberdare 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.
  • 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 lymediseaseuk.com for further details.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Aberdare 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

Course Description

This is a three and two thirds lap circular clockwise course on tarmac around the perimeter of the park. There is a gradual incline in each lap but with plenty of recovery time in between. The start is at the top of the hill near the lake and bandstand and finish is behind the cafe by the boating lake.

Facilities

Aberdare Park has toilets, a cafe, children's play area, tennis courts and a bowling green.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the top of the hill near the lake and bandstand.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: You can use the following buses to reach the park which is located a mile above the town centre- 6, 7, 8, 9, 11A, 89 & 91. Please ensure that the buses are going in the right direction.

Train: The nearest train station is Aberdare.

Getting there on foot

From train station: Come out of the train station and cross over the bypass by means of the pedestrian crossing. You will now be by the bus station.

From bus stop location: Go straight across the road to Market Street passing Aberdare market on your left. At the end of the street turn right (with the Boot Hotel on your right) and follow the road through town passing Lloyds Bank and Burtons on your right. At the end of the street follow the road around to the right by the Constitutional Club and follow the road to the roundabout. At the roundabout cross over and continue straight on. Follow this road for half a mile and you will arrive at the bottom gates of the park on the other side of the road.

From Coliseum car park: Walk out of the car park to the side of the Coliseum. Turn left. Head up to the main road B4275 & the park is in front of you. You can enter either at the bottom of the park or the middle gates opposite Aberdare Park Primary School.

From St John the Baptist School head back down Glan Road under 300 yards and enter via the side gate by the tennis courts/bowls greens.

Getting there by road

If using SatNav, the postcode is CF44 8BN.
From Aberdare town centre - follow the B4275 Gadlys Road.

From the A470 (Cardiff) follow signs to Aberdare A4059, then A4233 followed by the B4275 / Gadlys Road to Penywaun.

From Merthyr follow the A465 followed by the B4275 to Aberdare.

We politely ask people to park in the Coliseum Theatre car park or the St John the Baptist School car park and NOT in the parking spots immediately adjacent to the park. The postcode of the Coliseum car park is CF44 8NG and the postcode for St John the Baptist School is CF44 8BW

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Aberdare Park café - please come and join us!