The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in the War Memorial park, Basingstoke and run on a mixture of grass, woodland and 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 Basingstoke 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 Basingstoke 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

From time to time the War Memorial Park is used for other events and Basingstoke parkrun moves to its alternative course at Crabtree Plantation which is just over a mile away to the east. Please check our news page, or on Facebook and Twitter, where we will give advance notice of when the alternative course is being used and how to get there.

The normal two lap Basingstoke parkrun course uses both grassed areas and tarmac paths. The course starts on the south side of the park across from the main car park with a wide, open start on the grass that soon joins the tarmac path and runs clockwise right round the edge of the park, past the bandstand and the aviary. Once at the gate by the council offices we turn right onto a long straight across the middle of the open grass area heading for the large old tree. At the tree we turn left onto the tarmac path and follow it past the car park and around the side of the tennis club building. Then we turn left onto the grass and follow the markers around the football pitches. Then it is round a hairpin bend and up a short hill on the grass before going between the trees and turning right onto the tarmac path. Before you get to the subway steps turn right, cutting the corner, and head down the hill on the tarmac path through the trees. Go straight on at the bottom and then up the hill with the tennis courts on your right, this is affectionately known as Tennis Court Hill (TCH) and is renowned as a PB breaker. Once at the top go briefly off the tarmac path to the right of the brick wall and re-join the path, go round once more peeling off to the right at the end of lap 2 and into the finish funnel

Facilities

There are toilets located at the War Memorial Park adjoining the tennis club building.

Getting There

Location of start

Basingstoke parkrun starts on the south side of the park across the grassed area adjacent to the car park at the War Memorial Park in Basingstoke. The meeting point and pre-run briefing takes place near the children’s playground.

Getting there by public transport

Basingstoke has excellent rail connections to London, Reading and the south coast. The railway station is about 15 minutes walk from Basingstoke parkrun. The bus station is about 10 minutes walk.

Getting there on foot

Basingstoke parkrun is a short walk from the “Top of the town” of Basingstoke town centre

Getting there by road

The park is accessible via London Road and Crossborough Hill. The postcode to get you to the War Memorial Park is RG21 4AG.

Parking

There is a small free car park at the War Memorial park but due to the rising numbers of people making use of the park on Saturday mornings we are encouraging returning parkrunners to use alternative car parks if arriving by car.

Please use the car parking available throughout Basingstoke town centre (details from basingstoke.gov.uk) - all of which are in walking distance of the park. Additionally, there is free parking about 15 minutes walk away at the Black Dam Ponds.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee a short walk away at The Tea Bar, 9 London road, Basingstoke RG21 7NT - please come and join us.