The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Brockenhurst College (Postcode SO42 7RQ) from April to October and in Wilverley Inclosure during the winter. The course is run entirely on grass. 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 Brockenhurst 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.
  • Dogs are not allowed at this event..
  • 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 Brockenhurst 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 run completely on well maintained grass around the perimeter of the College sports fields. It is flat with a few slightly uneven sections.
There are four laps of 1.25kms with one ‘hairpin’ turn on each lap.
The course is ideal for children and beginners as the whole course is secure and visible.
Shoes with good grip are recommended on wet days due to the number of corners.

Facilities

Unfortunately dogs are not allowed out of vehicles in the College grounds. However the car park is only 5m from one section of the course so dogs can be monitored inside vehicles.
Toilets and showers are available in the College Sports Centre.
Brockenhurst College has further leisure facilities available e.g. badminton and tennis courts, fully equipped gym, floodlit all weather hockey / football pitches.
The beautiful setting of Brockenhurst and the New Forest make this parkrun highly attractive and access to further facilities make it well worth a visit!

Getting There

Location of start

The runs starts north of the new STEM building on the College sports fields.

Getting there by public transport

Brockenhurst College is accessible by train or bus. Brockenhurst train station is only 600m from the college. Buses from both Bournemouth and Southampton directions stop outside the College.

Getting there on foot

Brockenhurst College is a short walk from the centre of Brockenhurst village. It is also accessible by bike across the New Forest.

Getting there by road

From Bournemouth direction;
Follow the A35 to Lyndhurst
Turn right at Lyndhurst following signs for (Brockenhurst) onto A337
Follow A337 on Lyndhurst Road for approximately 3.5 miles and the College is on your left.

From Southampton direction;
Follow A35 through Ashurst to Lyndhurst
Turn left at Lyndhurst following signs for (Brockenhurst) onto A337
Follow A337 on Lyndhurst Road for approximately 3.5 miles and the College is on your left.

NB. Entrance to the College site on Saturdays is via North Road, Postcode SO42 7RQ, alongside The Huntsman pub. Once through the school gates turn immediately right and park alongside the sports fields behind the College Sports Centre.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Sett café on Lyndhurst Road towards the railway crossing. A discount is available on both food and drink on production of your parkrun barcode - please come and join us!