The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Gloucester Park, Gloucester. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, trail 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 Gloucester City 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 Gloucester City 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

The course is in Gloucester park, located off Park Road in the Westgate ward of the city centre of Gloucester. A flat, three lap run around the perimeter of the park with a short extra loop to the finish. Starting by the children’s play area. Runners meet by the Bandstand. Pedestrian access points at Spa Road, Trier Way and Montpellier. The clockwise route follows the perimeter path of the park until reaching the bridleway by the cricket pitch, it then loops back along the same bridleway before turning left and following the perimeter path of the park back past the bandstand to complete a lap. It’s then two more laps until the finish line, which is clearly marked and involves a final loop down the wider diagonal main pedestrian route until turning sharp right onto the grass allowing for a sprint finish.

Facilities

GL1 Leisure Centre (Aspire Trust), Bruton Way, Gloucester GL1 1DT - toilets and a café serving drinks and a full food menu. Wheelchair access. More details on the facilities at the Sports Park and classes can be found on the GL1 website - aspiretrust.org.uk/centres/gl1

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts by the children’s play area.

Getting there by public transport

From Gloucester Train Station / City centre: Bus routes 7, 9 and 63 run past the park (Trier Way). Buses can be taken from the central bus station opposite Gloucester train station

Getting there on foot

From Gloucester Train Station / City centre: Turn left on station forecourt and go straight on at the junction of Metz Way and Bruton Way, crossing the road at the pedestrian crossing. Continue straight on crossing the road at the next junction of Barton Street, Bruton Way and Trier Way. Continuing walking straight on with the “Go Outdoors” store on your left. Cross the store’s car park entrance and cross Trier Way to the park’s main entrance opposite. On entering the park, turn right and follow the perimeter path anti-clockwise until you reach the bandstand.

Getting there by road

Directions from Train Station / Abbeydale / Matson: At the junction of Metz Way and Bruton Way go straight on along Bruton Way (coming from train station) or turn left onto Bruton Way (Abbeydale / Matson). Go straight on at the next junction (Barton Street, Bruton Way and Trier Way) and then turn second left into the “Go Outdoors” car park entrance. Cross the store’s car park entrance and cross Trier Way to the park’s main entrance opposite. On entering the park, turn right and follow the perimeter path anti-clockwise until you reach the bandstand. Sat Nav: GL1 4DZ.

Directions from Bristol Road / Quedgeley: Turn right at the major road junction of Bristol Road and Trier Way. Follow Trier Way around to the left, with the park on your right. At the 2nd set of traffic lights (junction of Trier Way and Park Road) turn right into the “Go Outdoors” car park entrance. Cross the store’s car park entrance and cross Trier Way to the park’s main entrance opposite. On entering the park, turn right and follow the perimeter path anti-clockwise until you reach the bandstand. Sat Nav: GL1 4DZ.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the GL1 Leisure Centre Café - please come and join us!