The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Brueton park, Solihull and run entirely on tarmac 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 Brueton 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 hand-held leads only, and under control throughout the 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.
  • 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 Brueton 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 simple two and a bit lap course running on tarmac. Now starting from the entrance to Malvern Park, the course heads in an anti-clockwise direction, keeping right wherever possible, as we occupy a cycle lane at times, the participants make their way past the tennis courts on their left, then turning left towards Brueton Park.

Follow the path until you take a right at the wooded area (the Secret Garden Picnic Spot), then turning left, keeping the lake on your right. Take the first turning left and then left again so you are heading back towards Malvern Park, keeping the wooded area on your left.

Once heading back, you will be on a shared cycle lane and need to keep right, passing the Parkridge Centre on your right. When the path divides in 2(there will be signs and a marshal present), you will take the right hand path. You follow the single path which will eventually lead you to a horse statue on your left. Take a left and immediate right and you will be heading back towards the start line.

Whilst keeping right, repeat the same course, for the second lap, with 2 exceptions. When you reach the signs and marshal on lap 2, you will take a left turn to take you straight up the path to the original start line.
The run to the finish line should be the only time you should be on the left hand side of the course and will be opposite the tennis courts.

The course involves a gentle gradient and is suitable for all abilities.

Please Note: We regret that this course cannot allow dogs on CaniX style leads. Please check the events list for alternative courses which may be more suitable for running with a dog.

Facilities

There are no toilet facilities available in the park before the run. The nearest toilets are to be found within the Town Centre.

Getting There

Location of start

The start of the event is very close to the tennis courts in Malvern Park. Brueton Park, to which our course is named (and originally started from), is situated off Warwick Road, Solihull, B91 3HW. This is walkable to our start line, but you will need to leave enough time.

Getting there by public transport

By Bus
There are regular bus services connecting all parts of the borough with Solihull town centre. For up to date timetable information, please contact Traveline 0870-608-2608.

By Rail
Solihull railway station on the Birmingham to Marylebone line, is about 15 minutes walk from Brueton Park. Walk down Homer Road and follow signs to Malvern/Brueton Park

Getting there on foot

Brueton and Malvern Parks are two very distinct parks in one. The Malvern end of the park acts as a formal Town Centre park, giving easy walking access to the shopping area. Once in either park make your way towards the tennis courts in Malvern Park for the start. It is easily walkable from Brueton Park car park. More details at Solihull council parks website.

Getting there by road

Leave the M42 at junction 5 (Solihull) and take the A41 towards Solihull Town Centre. Take the first left and then the first turning at the roundabout onto the Warwick Road. Brueton Park car park is situated on the right hand side. There is also off road parking available here when the car park is full. Alternatively you can park in Solihull Town Centre and walk in through Malvern Park off New Street.

Preferred parking is primarily Brueton Car Park based on the Warwick Road, plus off road parking alongside the car park.

We also have free parking available within the grounds at Solihull 6th Form College, Widney Manor Road, Solihull B91 3WR.(You can drive past the barriers of the College. Please leave a parkrun barcode in your car window and ensure you have left by 10.30am. Please do not try to use any other facilities on their premises as they are for paying customers.) There is a footpath that following a short walk, will bring you out into Malvern Park with the Tennis Courts ahead of you.

Although there is a car park at Malvern Car Park, it is extremely small with limited spaces and is usually completely full before 8.40am. Trying to use this car park may cause you to miss the start.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Parkridge Centre situated in Brueton Park - please come and join us.