course | Didcot parkrun
 
 

The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Ladygrove Park, Didcot. 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.

Course Safety

The Didcot 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 Didcot 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

This is a point-to-point course starting on Ladygrove Park in the centre of the Ladygrove Estate in Didcot. The course starts on the edge of the sports field were you head directly towards the road and back along the Ladygrove Loop path onto the sports field. The route then takes in three laps of the Ladygrove Park before heading onto the Ladygrove Loop tarmac path for the final time. Running parallel to the train tracks and heading towards the railway footbridge before turning right heading towards Avon Way for a fast 400 meter finish. The course will be marked with signs along the route.

Facilities

Car parking is at the Didcot Town Football Club car park and the toilets are located by the marshal at the entrance into Ladygrove park from the carpark.
**Please do not use the Football Club toilets**

As this is a point to point route we would encourage you to arrive early and leave any belongings at the finish line or in your car.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on Ladygrove Park in the centre of the Ladygrove Estate in Didcot. The course starts on the edge of the sports field.

Getting there by public transport

There are buses to the centre of Didcot or Didcot Train Station operated by Thames Travel.

Didcot train station is a 9 minute walk to the start line on Ladygrove Park and accessed on foot through Cow Lane underpass.

Getting there on foot

Ladygrove Park is located at the centre of the Ladygrove estate in Didcot and accessed on foot through Cow Lane underpass from the Town Centre and train station.

Getting there by road

If you are travelling by car the nearest car park to the start is Willowbrook Leisure Centre, Bowmont Water. The postcode for satnav: OX11 7AF

From A34 North & Southbound:
  • At Milton Interchange take the exit onto the A4130 signposted ‘Didcot’
  • At roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A4130
  • At roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A4130 signposted ‘Wallingford’
  • At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A4130 signposted ‘Wallingford’
  • At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A4130 signposted ‘Wallingford’
  • At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Avon Way signposted ‘Oaktree Health Centre’
  • At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Bowmont Water
  • Turn left and you have arrived at the car park
From Wallingford:
  • Join the A4130 from Wantage Road or any other junction from the Town Centre, signposted ‘Didcot, Wantage’
  • At roundabout with Tesco Supermarket, take the 2nd exit onto the A4130
  • At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A4130 signposted ‘Oxford, Newbury A34, All other routes’
  • At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A4130 signposted ‘Appleford, Sutton Courtenay, Drayton’
  • Turn left onto the A4130 signposted ‘Oxford, Newbury A34, Wantage A417’
  • At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A4130 signposted ‘Oxford, Newbury A34, Wantage A417’
  • At roundabout take the 1st exit onto Avon Way signposted ‘Oaktree Health Centre’
  • At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Bowmont Water
  • Turn left and you have arrived at the car park

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Didcot Town Football Club bar - please come and join us!