The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Kings Park Athletic Stadium, Bournemouth. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, grass and off-road 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.
The Bournemouth 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.
- 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 make sure you’re fit enough to run 5k (3.1 miles). Health advice about running can be found at the excellent Runners' Medical Resource website.
- 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.
- 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.
- This is a free training event, so all run and attend at their own risk.
We hope these tips help to ensure that Bournemouth parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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
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The course consists of one small lap, one large lap and then a smaller lap to take runners to the finish. It is run in an anti-clockwise direction on firm, mainly flat tarmac paths and small sections of compacted earth. Fast times can be expected!
The start is on the grass at the rear of the Athletics Stadium next to the skate park. The route heads along the grass before turning right to pick up a tarmac path for 100 metres (marshal). The route then turns left (signed) just before some bollards to head across grass to pick up another tarmac path for 150 metres where the route goes straight ahead around some bollards and heads straight across the grass following a track next to the houses to a tarmac path. The route turns left here (marshal) along a tarmac path, bears left for a few metres through some trees and picks up the tarmac path where the route started.
Runners do the same route as before until they reach the junction with the tarmac path (marshal) where this time they turn right along the tarmac path till just before the junction with Harewood Avenue. Just before the road there is a compacted earth path to the left (signed), fork right at a junction of paths then continue for a few more metres to join and turn left (signed) onto a tarmac path. The route follows this tarmac path (with a slight undulation in it) for nearly a 1km till you reach AFC Bournemouth Football Stadium. Here you turn left (signed) at a junction of tarmac paths and on reaching the end of the practise pitches fence you turn left (signed) across a few metres of rough ground to pick up a gravel path between some boulders which follows the back of the athletics stadium. Follow this path slightly downhill, then slightly uphill to reach the tarmac path runners used on the first, smaller lap.
Runners turn right here (signed) and follow the same route as the previous lap until they reach the gravel path which follows the back of the athletics stadium. After they have gone through the boulders they fork right to enter the grass practise throwing area where the finish line is 50 metres away!
We are lucky to have full use of the facilities in the stadium, including changing and toilets.
Location of start
The run starts on the grass at the rear of the Athletics Stadium, just past the skate park.
Getting there by public transport
Bus: There are buses including 1a/1b/1c which run every 20 mins on a Saturday morning between Bournemouth and Christchurch along Christchurch Road, just get off the bus at Gloucester Road and walk along that road for 1/4 mile and the Kings Park Athletic Stadium is right in front of you. Please see the attached map.
Train: Pokesdown train station is approx 1/2 mile walk, from the station just walk along Christchurch Road towards Bournemouth, in 1/4 mile turn right into Gloucester Road then same as above.
Getting there on foot
Kings Park is off the main A35 Christchurch Road with numerous routes into the park. The Athletics Stadium is next door to AFC Bournemouth’s Football Stadium
Getting there by road
Kings Park and AFC Bournemouth Football Stadium are signposted off the A338 Wessex Way, access by car is from Ashley Road too.
Parking is free on the park roads but there is a charge if you park in the main football pay & display car-park (50p for 1 hr, £1 for 2 hrs). Please do not park in the Athletics Stadium Car-Park or Lorry Park.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the café inside the stadium - please come and join us!