The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Wicksteed Park, Kettering. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, compacted stone paths, timber walkway pontoon 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 Kettering 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 Kettering 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 2 and a half laps in an anti-clockwise direction. It starts to the west of the Celebration Suite at the start of the avenue of trees. Head along the avenue and then turn left at the end and head downhill for approx. 250m towards the lake. When you reach the bottom of the hill bear left then right and carefully cross the railway line, then turn right and follow the path around the lake, joining the start of the boardwalk leading towards and then across the pontoon bridge. At the end of the pontoon bridge turn left and follow the path alongside the lake. Follow the path to the right of the boathouse, carefully cross the railway line and then go around and left towards the children’s play area. Before you reach the play area turn left and go straight on over the bridge (either side is fine) and up the hill for approx. 150m towards the Celebration Suite. Before you reach the Train Station turn left onto the grass and follow the signs towards the level crossing ahead on the right. Go over the level crossing and up the path to the Celebration Suite. When you reach the Celebration Suite turn left and go along the indicated route around the car park before rejoining the avenue of trees where you started for lap two. Next time around cross the start line for the second time and turn left at the end of the avenue and head down towards the lake. After approximately 100m heading downhill take the path downhill on the left, opposite the camping entrance, which leads to the finish. Paths are hard standing or compacted stone. Take care when crossing the railway lines and watch out for dogs, wild fowl and traffic!

Facilities

Toilets available in main Guest Services area and opposite the start line. Large free children’s play area plus many other family attractions. Café available.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts to the west of the Celebration Suite at the start of the avenue of trees.

Getting there by public transport

The nearest train station is Kettering which is served by trains from London heading north and Sheffield going South. See eastmidlandstrains.com for timetables.
Bus services stop on Barton Rd adjacent / opposite to Tresham College. Services are nos 406 from Huntingdon, 16 from Thrapston and Raunds, 3C from Corby, 48 from Burton Latimer and Towcester, 49 from Rushden, Irthlingborough and Finedon, 50 from Bedford and Rushden and X1 from Priors Hall Corby. The X4 services from Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Wellingborough stops on London Rd nearby. See stagecoachbus.com for timetables

Getting there on foot

From Kettering Station it takes approximately 30 minutes to walk to Wicksteed Park. The walk from the bus stop is approximately 5 minutes. The walk from the car park ? 2 minutes.

Getting there by road

The Sat Nav for Wicksteed Park is NN15 6NJ. From the North Leave the M1 at junction 19 and join the A14, exit at junction 10 and then follow the Wicksteed Park signs.
Leave the A1 at Stamford taking the A43 to Kettering, following the signage for the A14, join the A14 at junction 7 and travel east, exit at junction 10 and then follow the Wicksteed Park signs.
From the South: Leave the M1 at junction 15 and join the A43 to Kettering, then take the A14 (junction 8) east to junction 10 and then follow the Wicksteed Park signs.
Leave the A1 at the A14 junction and travel West, exit at junction 10 and then follow the Wicksteed Park signs.

Take a ticket from the barrier and follow the signs/marshalls' instructions to the parkrun parking area. After the run the car park barriers will remain open until 10.30 for free exit. After that time you will need to take your ticket to a pay station on foot and pay the fee before exit.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Carousel Cafe or Ideas Café depending on which one is open - we will let parkrunners know in the Pre-Run briefing - please come and join us!