The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Gnoll Estate Country Park, Fairyland, Neath. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, gravel paths and compacted earth. 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 Gnoll 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 humans 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 Gnoll 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 the Running For Fitness website.

Course Map

Course Description

The course is in the grounds of Gnoll Estate Country Park and run on tarmac, gravel tracks and compact earth.
This is a three loop clockwise course, consisting of one small loop, one medium loop and one large loop. The small loop takes runners around the main lake. The medium loop includes the lake and a route around Gnoll House ruins. The large loop includes the lake, a short incline through a wooded area and once more around the ruins. The finish line is the old hollow tree near the visitor centre and café.

Facilities

There is a large Pay & Display car park in the country park itself, near the start line and visitor centre. The cost is £2 for the day. Toilets and café are located inside the visitor centre. A young children’s play area is located near the start / finish line, and an “adventure” playground for older children is located near the car park.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the lake in the grounds of Gnoll Estate Country Park.

Getting there by public transport

The nearest train station is Neath.

Getting there on foot

The Gnoll Estate Country Park is around 2km walk / jog from the centre of Neath.

Getting there by road

From the M4, take the A465 towards Neath. Leave at the Neath exit and follow the brown signs for “Gnoll Estate”.
If using SATNAV the postcode is SA11 3BS.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Visitor Centre - please come and join us!