The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Castle Park, Bishop’s Stortford. 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 Castle 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.
  • 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 Castle 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

Course Description

A two lap course. The route starts at the bandstand. Runners will then complete half a lap of Sworder’s Field before reaching a tarmac footpath that will take them towards Grange Paddocks Leisure Centre.
As the leisure centre approaches, the route diverts onto Grange Paddocks itself and circumnavigates the perimeter of Grange Paddocks, between the river and football pitches. When the bridge to Red White & Blue is reached, runners turn south & stay parallel to the train lines, passing Johnson’s Bridge and back towards Sworder’s Fields.
Runners then continue for a second lap before turning back into Sworder’s Field and heading towards the finish line at the bandstand.

Facilities

The nearest toilets are in the Jackson Square shopping centre, which is close to the bandstand. Alternative facilities can be found in Sainsburys (also Jackson Square).

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the bandstand.

Getting there by public transport

Bishop’s Stortford train & bus stations are close to the start / finish of the course.
The nearest bus stop is on Dane Street or Bridge Street or Adderley Road.

Getting there on foot

When approaching the Town Park from Bishop’s Stortford town centre, cross The Causeway at the traffic lights next to Jackson Square car park, or from the Causeway car park. Follow Causeway past the war memorial and paddling pool. The entrance to Castle Park is on the left hand side and the start is adjacent to the Bandstand.

Getting there by road

Follow signs to the centre of Bishop’s Stortford. Then follow further signage to the car parks.

Our nearest car parks are: Link Road CM23 2BA, Northgate End CM23 2ET & Causeway CM23 2EN. All are within a five minute walk of the bandstand.
Please do not park in the Jackson Square or Grange Paddocks car parks.

If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is CM23 2BA

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Port Jackson - please come and join us!