The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Queen Eleanor Driver, Great Denham. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and trail 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 Great Denham 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 Great Denham 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 flat course in the newly established parkland at Great Denham. The start is next to the children’s play area at the north-west corner of the parkland. The course is run anti-clockwise for precisely two laps bringing runners back to the finish line, also next to the children’s play area

Facilities

There is a well-equipped children’s playground at the start.
There are no public toilet facilities at Great Denham.
The car-park is located 800m from the start area, with the shopping area (supermarket, café and off-licence) at the halfway point.
In due course, facilities including café, toilets and car-park will be built next to the start area.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts next to the children’s play area at the north-west corner of the parkland.

Getting there by public transport

Bus number 8, 11 and 24 travel from Bedford Bus Station to the car parking area.

Getting there on foot

The best way to get here from Bedford is by bike; follow the delightful riverside path from the town centre, for 2.5 miles. This path brings you right into the Great Denham Country park. The start is at the large children’s play area at the western edge of the park (not the small area at the eastern edge).

From the carpark, there is an 800m walk to the start. Follow Kingswood Way towards the centre of Great Denham. Take a left turn onto Saxon Way until you reach the shopping area. Follow the road on the left (east) side of Sainsbury’s to reach the parkland. When you reach the parkland, turn right on the path toward the children’s play area.

From Kempston, cross the river at the bridge next to Kempston Mill, then follow the path towards Great Denham until you reach the large children’s play area.

Getting there by road

Parking on the neighbouring streets is very restricted.Please therefore use the carpark next to the north-west entrance to the Great Denham estate (MK40 4FA is the closest postcode).From the parking area, the walk to the start is about 800m.

From Bedford, take Bromham Road (A428 westbound).At the roundabout on the Bromham bypass, turn left onto Branston Way towards Kempston. After 900m, turn left at the roundabout into Great Denham.The parking area is immediately on the right.

From J13 of the M1, take the A421 towards Bedford.Leave the A421 at the Marsh Leys roundabout.Follow the signs to Bromham until you reach a roundabout offering a right turn into Great Denham.The parking area is immediately on the right.

Post Run Coffee

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