The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. It's run in Graves Park, Sheffield and run mostly on tarmac paths, with some gravel 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 Graves 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.
  • You are welcome to participate with a dog but please keep it on a hand-held 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 Graves 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

A 2 lap course which starts on the path next to the main car park. From the start, a short flat section leads to a long shallow downhill behind the cafe. A sharp rise gives way to a sweeping descent through the treeline, before emerging at the lakeside and taking on another short hill. The course then loops all the way around the cricket pitch before heading uphill once again between the cow fields, in the direction of the historic Norton Hall. Following a sharp descent, the route splits, on lap one, a circuit of the east lake is undertaken; whereas on lap two, runners take the shorter option between the lakes. The course come back together for a final ascent of the hill towards the cafe, before hitting the finish straight on the ridge line.
Please note Graves parkrun requires that all dogs be kept on a short lead, held in the hand of the runner at all times during the event.

Facilities

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on the path next to the main car park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus

  • Services 20 and 20A provide a service every 10 minutes along Derbyshire Lane and Hemsworth Road, these will provide easy access to the start at the animal farm.
  • Services 25, 25a, 53 and 75 provide a frequent service from the city centre past the bottom of Derbyshire lane. You would need to get off at bottom of Derbyshire lane, just after Heeley retail park, and swap onto 20/20A as above.
For details of bus times and routes contact Yorkshire Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 or visit http://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com. The majority of bus services are operated by First South Yorkshire and Stagecoach Sheffield

Train

The nearest railway station to the park is Dore. The station is served by First Trans-Pennine Express and Northern services on the Sheffield-Manchester route. There are no bus services from the station to the park but taxis can be booked (see below). Sheffield railway station connects the city to most other major UK cities. The station is a 20-30 minute bus journey away (route 53 serves the station). For train times contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.

Taxi

A taxi from the city centre to the park will cost between £6 and £8, taxi ranks can be found at the train station and through out the city centre. Alternatively mini cabs can be booked from a variety of local firms including Mercury Cars on 0114 266 2662

Getting there on foot

Access to the start from the south west can be obtained by walking or cycling through the park from the Meadowhead entrance on the west side of the park. Head towards the Rose Garden Café, and onto the car park beside the Animal Farm. Access from the south is either via the Graves Park entrance off Norton Park View, again follow tracks north towards Rose Garden Café as above. Alternatively by foot / bicycle from the south end of Bunting Nook (no car access) , brings you to the entrance to the car park.

Getting there by road

Postal Code for satnav: S8 8QA From Sheffield City Centre (and the north): Follow the A61 towards Chesterfield. At the traffic lights just after Homebase (which you will pass on the left) turn left onto Scarsdale Road. Follow Scarsdale Road into Derbyshire Lane and continue for about three quarters of a mile. The park will now be on your right, continue along Hemsworth Road until you reach some traffic lights, the entrance to the park is on the right just before Bunting Nook. From Chesterfield (and the south): Follow the A61 towards Sheffield, when you reach the A61/B6054 (Meadowhead) roundabout take the third exit onto Bochum Parkway (B6054). Follow the parkway for half a mile until you will reach a roundabout. Take the first exit into Norton. Continue through Norton until you reach a mini Roundabout turn left onto Hemsworth Road. Follow Hemsworth Road for half a mile until you reach some traffic lights the entrance to the park is on the left next to Bunting Nook.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Rose Garden Cafe - please come and join us.