The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Black Park Country Park, Slough and run on compacted earth and gravel tracks. 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 Black Park 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 Black Park 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 is one lap on firm, flat and wide tracks of compacted earth and gravel. Fast times can be expected. The start is approximately 100m along the track at the east end of the car park. All course turns are marked with direction arrows - if there is no sign you should always stay on the path you are on.

The route goes north for 630m before turning right (signed). Follow this wide track (which swings gradually to the right) ignoring all side turnings for 1560m until the main A412 road is reached at the bottom south east corner of the park. Turn right (signed) and go forward with the main road just outside the park on your left hand side for 550m until reaching a crossing of tracks. Turn right again (signed) and continue on this track for 350m to a fork of tracks. Take the right fork (signed) and continue for another 750m ignoring all side turnings until reaching the next sign. Turn left and continue for 350m to a "T" junction at the heathland area. Here turn left again (signed) and run 400m to the next crossroads. Turn left (signed), then in 250m turn right (signed) for a straight 160m to the finish line.

Facilities

Parking: Parking:Black Park has a 2 hour car parking charge of £2.70 if the ticket is purchased before 9am (£3.70 after 9am). If you are staying beyond 2 hours please purchase an appropriate ticket on arrival. The ticket machines will take cash or contactless payment cards, and require entry of the last 3 digits of your vehicle registration.
Please note that there are regular enforcement patrols.

If you are going to be a regular parkrunner at Black Park then we would recommend purchasing an annual parking pass for £50.00. This gives year round parking at Black Park, and also at Langley Park and Denham Country Park.

Full parking details can be found on the Buckinghamshire County Council website.

Please do not park in Black Park Road as the local farmers require constant access for large items of farm machinery. Blocking their access puts our South Bucks event licence at risk.

Cafe: Cafe San Remo offers full sit-down indoor and outdoor service, and is located on the other side of the lake from the car park. The San Remo Kiosk is located at the top end of the car park, near the parkrun start/finish, and offers drinks and light refreshments and outdoor seating.

Toilets: Full toilet facilities including baby changing and accessible toilets are available at Cafe San Remo and at the kiosk.

Visitor centre: Located by the lake, near Cafe San Remo. Buy your annual parking permit or orienteering maps, pick up free maps and leaflets and find out more about the park.

Other Activities:
Go Ape Treetop Adventure & Junior Adventure.
Go Ape Forest Segway
Go Ape Forest Biking
Go Ape discount cards are regularly available for parkrunners in the post-run scanning area.

535 acres of woodland, heathland and open space, including over 10 miles of well-surfaced tracks suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. Free parking for disabled badge holders and accessible toilets. Mobility buggies are available free of charge (prior booking required)

Children's Woodland Adventure Play Area

Picnic areas

Getting There

Location of start

The start is approximately 100m beyond the gate at the east end of the car park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Bus service 335 from bay 1 at Slough Bus Station to Chalfont Common. Departs 0807. Get off at the Stag public house, Wexham Street. 11 minute journey. From there it is a 1.5 km walk down Rowley Lane to Black Park car park.

Bus service 58 from Uxbridge LT station to Britwell. Leaves 08:05 Saturday mornings. 15 minute journey maximum. Get off at Warren House Farm (Crooked Billet) and continue for 700 metres down the A412 until Black Park is reached on the right hand side. Go through the park approximately 1 km to the car park. A park map showing your location is displayed at this entrance.

Train: The nearest rail station is Langley. From there it is a 5 km walk.

Getting there on foot

The park is rather out of town and unfortunately most of the roads around the park are country lanes with no pavements. For this reason we find that the majority of our participants prefer to drive or cycle.

Getting there by road

Black Park is clearly signposted from the A412 between Slough and Iver Heath. It is approximately 4 miles from M40 Junction 1, 5 miles from M4 Junction 5.
For satnavs the nearest postcode is SL3 6DS. Follow the signs from here for the public car park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the cafe - please come and join us.