The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Ashton Court Estate, just across the River Avon from Bristol city centre, it consists of tarmac and stone/gravel paths which provide a good year-round running surface.. 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 Ashton Court 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 Ashton Court 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

Ashton Court parkrun is a simple out and back course, starting and finishing on the main service road 250m beyond the mansion, and following well made paths to a turning point close to the Ashton Court quarry. The first and last 1.3km is run on a tarmac service road (closed to motor traffic, except authorised park vehicles). The middle 2.4 km is on a wide stone/gravel path, generally well drained although the top of the course is subject to potholes resulting in puddles after heavy rain. From the start to the turning point there is an ascent of around 100m. This is mostly a steady climb, although two short stretches are quite steep. Nobody should be put off by this. There is no shame in walking the steep bits - they’re always followed by some respite and at the turning point you’re rewarded with fantastic views over Bristol and the surrounding countryside, and the promise of 2.5km downhill to the finish. The course will be signposted and, subject to available volunteers, there will be marshals midway and at the turning point. As it’s open to both sides, it’s easy to avoid or give way to other park users. However, particular care should be taken to avoid cyclists who sometimes travel at speed on these paths. If you have any questions on the day, any of the volunteers will be happy to help. They’re normally identifiable by their hi-viz jackets. At the end of the run, please take your barcode and position token to the registration to record your details. This will either be by the finish point or in the mansion courtyard.

Facilities

Toilets are available in the courtyard of the Ashton Court mansion, adjacent to the Mansion House car park.

Getting There

Location of start

The course starts and finishes on the main service road 250m beyond Ashton Court Mansion.

Getting there by public transport

Bus:
X3/X4 (Bristol Bus Station, City Centre to Portishead). Get off at UWE Bower Ashton and follow Kennel Lodge Road which leads to the Ashton Court estate and mansion.
8 (Temple Meads, City Centre, Clifton Village to Bristol Zoo). Get off at Clifton Down Road, walk in the direction the bus has taken, turn left onto Suspension Bridge Road and follow the ’On Foot’ directions from Clifton.
505 (Southmead Hospital, Clifton, Hotwells to Long Ashton Park & Ride). Get off at Bower Ashton and follow the city centre ‘On Foot’ directions from Clanage Road.

Train:
The nearest mainline station is Bristol Temple Meads. From there take bus 8 as above.

Getting there on foot

From the city centre: cross the river by Brunel Way, cross the railway line and turn right into Clanage Road, then turn left into Kennel Lodge Road which leads to the Ashton Court estate and mansion.

From Clifton: cross the Clifton Suspension Bridge, follow Bridge Road, enter Ashton Court by the Clifton Lodge gate and either follow the service road or cut left through the deer park to the mansion.

Getting there by road

Ashton Court is accessed from the A369 (Clanage Road) via Kennel Lodge Road, which leads to the Mansion House car park (Pay and Display). Use postcode BS41 9JN

From the M5 north: take J18, follow the A4 (Portway) towards Bristol, then the A3029 (Brunel Way), taking the second exit A369 towards Portishead.
From the M5 south: take J19, follow the A369 towards Bristol.
From M4/M32: follow signs for ‘Through Traffic’, pass Temple Meads Station and turn right at the next roundabout following A370 to Brunel Way, then follow A369 towards Portishead.
From Nailsea/Backwell: follow A370 towards Bristol, then follow A369 towards Portishead.

There is also on-site parking at the Church Lodge car park (Pay and Display) accessed from the B3128 Ashton Road. Use postcode? BS41 9LX.

Post Run Coffee

Please join us for a post run coffee at the Coach House Café in the courtyard of Ashton Court mansion.