The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Arrow Valley Country Park, Redditch. 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 Arrow Valley 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 Arrow Valley 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

The course begins right next to the main car park and loops to the right past the children's play area. From here you follow the main tarmac footpath around the lake until you reach the southern most point. There you take the second left up a slight incline and follow the footpath back to the visitors centre. The second lap takes you around the same route. When you reach the visitors centre the second time, Runners will be directed back towards the car park and run partially around the field directly behind this to complete the 5k.

Facilities

  • Parking: There are several free car parks in the park. The main car park is beside the Visitor Centre.
  • Visitor Centre: The park has a Visitor Centre, which includes a café.

Getting There

Location of start

The main car park is in front of the visitors centre. Walk out of the back of the car park and the starting point is on your left hand side.

Getting there by public transport

Bus:

From Redditch Bus Station take the Number 60 and alight at Battens Drive.

Train:

From Redditch Train Station walk up to the town then follow the pedestrian footpath past St Stephens Church and down the hill past the Palace Theatre, then follow the on foot directions.

Getting there on foot

From Town Centre: The park is approximately 1 mile from the town centre.

  • Take the underpass out of town past the Palace Theatre then turn left at the end.
  • Stay on this road, going straight over at the island until the end of the road.
  • Turn left at the T junction and left again, follow this road until you reach the entrance to the Country Park.
  • When you reach the lake, bear left and follow the path to the Visitor Centre.

Getting there by road

The Park lies just off the Warwick Highway and can be found following the signs for Arrow Valley Country Park.

There are several free car parks within the park and all will be in walking distance to the starting point.

Post code for sat nav: B98 0LJ

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Visitor Centre - please come and join us!