The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Pittville Park, Cheltenham. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and 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.
The Cheltenham 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 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 Cheltenham 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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A flat three lap picturesque run round the lake and the football field.
Starting next to Tommy Taylors Lane near to the Leisure Centre, the route follows the tarmac path alongside the lake and over a bridge at the end. Please mind the bollards here that will be clearly signposted. Continue a bit further along the lake side before heading around the outside of the football pitch. Join the path again to complete the first lap.
After three laps a left turn takes you back to the finish by the start area and completes the 5k.
Location of start
The run starts adjacent to the Leisure Centre, Tommy Taylors Lane, Cheltenham, GL50 4RN
Getting there by public transport
Bus: The Leisure Centre is on the H bus route from the station and the 9U from the University campus.
Train: The train station is 1.4 miles on foot along the Honeybourne Line.
Getting there on foot
The Leisure Centre can be found at the western side of Pittville Park, opposite the Prince of Wales Stadium and close to the northern end of the Honeybourne Line.
Getting there by road
- 4.3 miles from the south M5 J11
- 3.3 miles from the north M5 J10
If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is GL50 4RN.
Please park in the Prince of Wales stadium car park or at the far end of the Leisure Centre car park. There is plenty of parking in these areas.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Leisure Centre café - please come and join us!