The Course

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.

Course Safety

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:

  • 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 Chippenham 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

The run starts and finishes beside the river, 25m from the Olympiad Centre. The course is two anti-clockwise laps of Monkton park, then out along the river path, two anti-clockwise laps of the river loop, and back along the river path to the finish. It’s largely flat with one hill on the Monkton park loops, and run on a mix of grass, trail, gravel and tarmac paths.

Facilities

Toilets are available behind the pitch and putt tea room, in the Olympiad Sports Centre and in the Emery Gate.
There is ample pay-and-display parking at the Olympiad car park (as well as Emery Gate, Bath Road and Borough Parade car parks).

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts beside the river, 25m from the Olympiad Centre.

Getting there by public transport

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.

Getting there on foot

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.

Getting there by road

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.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Tenth Hole Tea Room, Monkton Park Golf Course, Monkton Park, Chippenham - please come and join us!