The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Witham Way Country Park, Boston. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and trail 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 Boston 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 Boston 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

The course is three clockwise laps of the Country Park, starting and finishing in the centre of the park near the path from the parking area.
From the start, run towards Boston. When the course reaches the river path, for the first lap only, turn left and run about 50m before doing a sharp right u-turn around a tree onto the towpath for about 70m before rejoining the main river path. Follow this path for about 500m before turning right to head back towards the start to complete the first lap.
On the second lap, when the course reaches the river path, turn right onto the river path. Follow this path for about 500m before turning left to join the towpath (caution should be taken here as there are tree roots and a metal post on the link to the towpath, only cross to the towpath where directed by the marshal). Follow the towpath for about 350m until it rejoins the main path, cross the main path and loop round on the grassy area to head back towards Boston then turn left back to the start.
The third lap follows the same route as the second. At the end of this lap, turn right to finish on the grass as you reach the start/finish area.

Facilities

There are limited toilet facilities at Boston Town FC. These will only be available after the run.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in the centre of the park near the path from the parking area.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Unfortunately there are no bus services that reach the park from Boston centre in time for the parkrun.

Train: Boston has a railway station. Timetables are available on the National Rail website.

Getting there on foot

The park is a little over a mile north west of the centre of Boston. It can easily be accessed by walking along Tattershall Road, or following the footpath on the north bank of the River Witham.

Getting there by road

Witham Way Country Park / Boston Town FC, situated north west of the centre of Boston on Tattershall Road.
Postcode is PE21 9LR. Parking is free.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Burton House Brewers Fayre, Wainfleet Road, Boston. PE21 9RW - a short drive from the park. There you can get anything from cups of coffee to full breakfasts - please come and join us!