The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Monkton Park, Chippenham. The course is run on a mixture of trail paths, tarmac paths and gravel 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.
The Chippenham 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:
We hope these tips help to ensure that Chippenham 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 our Support page.
Bus: Buses stop outside Chippenham Station, served by routes X31 and 231 from Bath via Box and Corsham; 92 from Malmesbury; 55 from Swindon via Wootton Bassett and Calne; 33 from Devizes via Calne; 234 from Trowbridge via Melksham.
Train: Chippenham Station is on the mainline between London and Bristol with trains approximately every 30 minutes from each direction. There is also a service from Trowbridge. In case of engineering work please check the National Rail website.
From Chippenham Station: exit by the ticket office, turn left on Cocklebury Road and then first right on Sadlers Mead. After approx 100 metres enter the car park, walk straight ahead and follow the path to reach the start alongside the river. (NB: take extreme care of moving vehicles in the car park)
From the town centre: either take the river path alongside 'World of Wood' at the bridge on the High Street, or take the river path from Emery Gate shopping centre and cross the pedestrian bridge. Pass the Olympiad car park on your left and the start is 25m further on, beside the river.
From the M4: Exit at J17, follow the A350 towards Chippenham. At Malmesbury Road Roundabout take the 1st exit onto Malmesbury Road (B4158). At next roundabout take the 3rd exit for town centre (A420). Bear left under railway bridge onto New Road and at the mini-roundabout take the 1st exit onto Station Hill. Continue onto Cocklebury Road, and after the station turn right onto Sadlers Mead. The Olympiad car park is on the right.
From Trowbridge/Melksham: Follow A350. At the Lackham roundabout take the second exit towards Chippenham. After approx 1 mile continue through lights to the Rowden mini-roundabout and take the 3rd exit (A4 signposted town centre). At the Bridge Centre roundabout take the 4th exit (signposted ‘railway station’) and follow directions below.
From Corsham: follow the A4 to the Bridge Centre roundabout, take the 4th exit (signposted ‘railway station’) and follow directions below.
From Calne/Devizes: follow the A4 onto Avenue la Fleche. At the Bridge Centre roundabout take the 5th exit (signposted ‘railway station’) and follow the directions below.
From Bridge Centre roundabout: exit onto Bath Road, at the mini-roundabout take the 1st exit onto The Bridge / New Road, at the mini-roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Station Hill. Continue onto Cocklebury Road, and after the station turn right onto Sadlers Mead. The Olympiad car park is on the right.