The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Brandon Country Park, Brandon. The course is run on a mixture of grass, trail paths, gravel paths and sand. 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 Brandon Country 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 Brandon Country 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 our Support page.

Course Map


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Course Description

This is a two lap course.

From the start, follow the red route through a nice section of woodland trails and canopy of mixed forest. The next section is a more open one following the small power lines with the forest on the left, Bamboo Drive, due to the numerous bamboo plants on either side. At the first junction, a 5 way one, take 3rd exit, leaving the red route but still following the power lines, forest both sides. After dogleg left, take 2nd left junction. This is a slight uphill, sandy in places with a view of the white nursing home straight in front of you, Whitehouse Drive, forest on both sides. Half way along, the red route rejoins our course from the left. As you hit the gravel path, turn right with nice mature forest either side. Soon the Mausoleum will come into view on the left hand side. Before you reach the Mausoleum turn left onto a track and then turn left again. This track leads you up to the lake where you turn left. Follow this path all the way to circumnavigate the lake. On the first lap, pass by the turn for the finish area and continue on this path to the top lawn. Take a wide berth around the tree and bench before rejoining the path, then take a left hand turn back towards the lake. Take the signed path to your right, this will lead you into a covered canopy of mature trees. The course then zigzags left and the right before you rejoin the path leading to the outside edge of the walled garden (worth a visit later). Keep the walled garden on your right shoulder, and then take a right turn followed by a left hand turn towards the children’s playground. Go past the playground and follow the path which will lead you back just after the starting area. On the 2nd lap turn right at the T junction and then take the immediate left hand turn into the forest. Keep left at the end of the track as it joins the route for the first lap. For the second lap, you can now follow the same route. When you arrive at the lake, this time ignore the path leading up to the top lawn and turn left onto the middle lawn. This is the finish area at the end of the second lap.

Facilities

For more details about the park, see the Brandon Country Park website.

Café: Our event has the fantastic "The Copper Beech Tea Rooms" as our regular café.

Parking: The park managers have requested that runners use the "Orchard Car Park" rather than the main car park. There is a £1.50 parking charge or you can purchase an annual parking pass for £25.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts adjacent to the child play area near the Copper Beech Tea Rooms, next to the main car park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: There is a bus stop for the Country Park close to the main entrance. Call the Suffolk County Council Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 for more information on services that stop at Brandon Country Park.

Getting there on foot

Follow the section as per the directions by road, or the following map of the Country Park could be useful: http://www.brandoncountrypark.co.uk/park-map.html

Getting there by road

From Swaffham on the A1065: On entering Brandon go straight over the railway crossing into town, turn left at the traffic lights then immediately right. Proceed on the Bury Road, B1106, continue out of Brandon, Brandon Country Park is approx 400m on the right.

From Thetford on the B1107: On entering Brandon take the first left onto Green Road and follow for approx 1 mile until you reach a T junction. Turn left onto the Bury Road, B1106, continue out of Brandon, Brandon Country Park is approx 400m on the right.

From Mildenhall on the A1065: On entering Brandon proceed until you see Tesco on the right and a BP service station by a set of traffic lights. Turn right at these traffic lights onto Rattlers Road. Go to the top of Rattlers Road and turn right onto the Bury Road, B1106. Continue out of Brandon, Brandon Country Park is approx 400m on the right.

From Bury St Edmunds on the B1106: At the Elveden crossroads with the A11, proceed straight over towards Brandon and past Center Parcs on the left. Continue on this road for approximately 4.5 miles until Brandon Country Park on your left.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Copper Beech Tea Rooms - please come and join us!