The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Gedling Country Park, Nottingham. The course is run on a mixture of gravel trail paths and tarmac 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 Gedling 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.
  • 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Gedling 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

An undulating single lap figure of eight course set in the grounds of Gedling Country Park. The course is clearly marked with directional arrows.
The start is located close to the Spring Lane car park. From the start runners head East for 300 metres before turning right at a junction of paths, adjacent to the finish area, and heading in a Southerly direction downhill across the park. After approx. another 300 metres runners then turn left at the next junction of paths to begin the climb up Wicketwood Hill and then run in an anti-clockwise direction around the solar farm. Once runners return to the downhill path next to the finish area, they turn left to follow it again downhill across the park for approx. 300 metres. This time at the junction runners turn right and then take the third turning on the left to follow the ‘main bright’ route clockwise up and round back past the start point and head straight on to the finish.

Facilities

There are toilets located within the visitor centre which are open from approx 08:30. There is also a cafe within the visitor centre which opens from 09:00.
Parking is limited, so if possible, please consider car sharing, public transport, cycling, walking or even running to the event!

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts close to the Spring Lane car park.

Getting there by public transport

Spring Lane Entrance: the Nottingham City Transport bus services 47, 47A and 47B all run along Spring Lane from where you can enter either the main car park, the North Western Entrance from Mapperley or the North Eastern Entrance from Lambley. These bus services run from Nottingham city centre to either Lowdham or Calverton. Plesse see the Nottingham City Transport website for details.

Arnold Lane Entrance: the Nottingham City Transport bus services 44 and 44A run along Arnold Lane alongside the junction with Lambley Lane from where you can enter the Lambley Lane Recreation Ground fields and then the Southern Entrance to the country park. These bus services run from Nottingham city centre to Gedling. Plesse see the Nottingham City Transport website for details.

Getting there on foot

North Eastern Entrance (Lambley): on Spring Lane near to the junction with Lambley Lane.

North Western Entrance (Mapperley): on Spring Lane near to the Lime Tree Gardens housing estate (approximately 300 yards further along after Axmouth Drive towards Lambley).

Southern Entrance (Gedling): located at the far end of the Lambley Lane Recreation Ground fields.

Getting there by road

There are two car parks available at Gedling Country Park.
The main car park has space for approximately 100 vehicles and the entrance is accessed via Spring Lane, Mapperley, NG4 4PE. This car park is located within the country park and has dedicated disabled parking.
You can also park at the Lambley Lane Recreation Ground, Gedling (located near to the junction with Arnold Lane). You then need to walk across the recreation ground fields and enter the park through the Southern Entrance. This path into the park from the recreation ground involves crossing stiles so people with mobility problems should use the Spring Lane car park. This car park is approximately 20 minutes’ walk from the start.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Willowbrook, 13 Main Road, Gedling, Nottingham, NG4 3HQ - please come and join us!