The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. It's run in Alice Holt Forest, Bucks Horn Oak, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4LS and run on a multi-terrain course. 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 Alice Holt 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.
  • 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 make sure you’re fit enough to run 5k (3.1 miles). 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.
  • 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, and the notes to the right.
  • 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.
  • This is a free training event, so all run and attend at their own risk.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Alice Holt 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 the Running For Fitness website.

Course Map


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Course Description

A two lap, multi terrain course using off-road tracks, cycle paths and woodland trails. A beautiful, slightly hilly route in some areas. Mud and puddles when wet.
The start is by the sign for the "All-ability cycle track" on the road running through the central area. Follow the orange signs traveling away from the central area into the forest. A Marshal will then direct you right along the "Family Cycle Trail". At the end of this track, another Marshal will direct you left, bringing you out at the rear of the cafe before heading down into the "Willows Green Trail". At the T-junction turn left along the "Long Route", following signs until you are greeted by a third Marshal at the corner of the car park. Do not enter the car park. Turn right along a gravel path which eventually veers round to the left where a Marshal will direct you up a short grass bank (nicknamed Sawdust Hill). Turn right again onto the road which you follow until you reach the original start. Repeat for lap two but instead of running up the grass bank/Sawdust Hill, you should continue to follow the gravel path until you reach the 5k finish to the right of the café.

Facilities

  • Parking - You may only park inside the forest in a designated car park. Car parking charges apply all year round (see the Alice Holt Forestry Commission page for current prices) Car parks work on pay & display so please bring a credit card or sufficient change for the machines. If a machine is not working then you can buy a car park ticket in the cafe. Note there is a 15mph speed limit for all vehicles on roads and in car parks within Alice Holt Forest. Alternatively, free parking can be found at various sites outside of the forest (within walking distance of the parkrun venue) Please do not park where there are 'No parking' cones either inside or outside of the forest.
  • The Discovery Pass is an annual season ticket which allows you to bring either of 2 registered cars to Alice Holt forest at any time.
  • The toilets open at 8am and can be found in the new visitor centre. Disabled facilities are in the same area.
  • Dogs are welcome at Alice Holt Forest but they must be under control at all times throughout the forest for their own safety and for the benefit of other visitors and the wildlife. Additionally all dogs should be on a lead in the car parks and by the café, play areas and ponds. Please clean up after your dog and use the bins provided.

Getting There

Location of start

Please meet by the café in the central area. Following the Run Briefing you will be led by the Run Director to the start of the run. The start is by the sign for the All-ability cycle track on the road running through the central area.

Getting there by public transport

Train


The nearest station is at Bentley, approximately 3 miles from the Forest Centre. From here you can walk through Alice Holt Forest to the forest centre along public rights of way. Alternatively take the train to Farnham and catch the Stagecoach number 18 bus to the Forest.

Bus


Stagecoach number 18 runs from Farnham Station to Bucks Horn Oak, stopping at the Halfway House Pub on the A325. It is just a short walk from here to the forest

Getting there on foot

Alice Holt Forest has many entrances by foot and bike. The main entrance is as directed by road below or alternative entrances are at : Rowledge, Dockenfield, Blacknest, Holt Pound

Getting there by road

From the A31
  • Turn off at Farnham onto the A325.
  • Stay on the A325 for approximately 4 miles.
  • At the Halfway House Pub on the A325 turn off the main road following signs for Alice Holt Forest. The entrance is 300 yards along this road on the left.
From Portsmouth and Petersfield
  • Take the A325 towards Farnham.
  • At the Halfway House Pub on the A325 turn off the main road following signs for Alice Holt Forest. The entrance is 300 yards along this road on the left.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at The Cafe on the Green - please come and join us.