The course is 5000m (5K) long. The event takes place at Gunnersbury Park, South Ealing, West London and starts near the coffee kiosk. It is mostly on park pathways, with short sections on grass. Some of the pathways are in need of resurfacing so there are some trip hazards. 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.
The Gunnersbury 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 Gunnersbury parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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
The course is two laps, starting alongside the children's playground. Runners can use either of two paths for the first 100m north. The route turns right passing the boating lake and cafe on the left, follows the outside path all the way to the Potomac lake, around it and back to the start. On the second lap the finish is shortly after the Potomac lake. The course is completely on tarmac although there are potholes to watch out for.
Location of start
The run starts alongside the children's playground.
Getting there by public transport
- Acton Town (District line/Piccadilly line) is 10 minutes walk
- South Ealing (Piccadilly line) is 15 minutes walk
- Kew Bridge (National Rail) is 15 minutes walk
- Gunnersbury (District line) is 20 minutes walk.
- E3 serves Popes lane (for Gunnersbury park).
- 65 passes close to Gunnersbury park, stopping in South Ealing road.
- H91 stops on the south side of the park.
Getting there on foot
The main entrance is on the corner of Popes lane and Lionel road north. The nearest entrance to the start point is the car park entrance off Popes lane.
Getting there by road
Gunnersbury park is located close to the North Circular Road (A406), Great West Road (A4) and the M4 (junction 2). For sat nav users please use W3 8LQ
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Gunnersbury Park cafe - please come and join us.