The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Catton Park, Norwich. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, woodland, grass 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.
The Catton 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 (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.
- 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 Catton 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 route begins outside Hayman Lodge in the park and consists of a figure of 8 loop (starting in a clockwise direction) followed by 1 full clockwise circuit of the perimeter.
Location of start
Enter park at Oak Lane car park entrance, and the start is 50 metres walk just inside park, beside Haymans Lodge.
Getting there by public transport
Bus: First bus services 21 & 22 to Old Catton, alight at the first stop on St Faiths Road.
Getting there on foot
The Park is just off the A1042 in Old Catton. There are entrances on Oak Lane, St Faiths Road, Church Street and Spixworth Road. Bike stands are available at the Oak Street entrance. See the Catton Park website
for more details
Getting there by road
For SATNAV use NR6 7DB
Catton Park is just off the A1042 inner ring round at the junction (traffic lights ) with St Faiths Rd, Old Catton. There is limited parking at the entrance on Oak lane but more is available at Old Catton Pavilion on Church St. Once parked, cross Church St and enter Catton Park via the gate opposite the school adjacent to Catton Pavilion.
Where possible, please avoid using a car or please car share.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Hayman Lodge which is situated by the start/finish area, where the Catton Park Trust volunteers will offer light refreshments - please come and join us!