The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Kingsway Sports Pavillion, Gloucester. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, gravel paths 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 Kingsway parkrun, Gloucester 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 Kingsway parkrun, Gloucester 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 at Kingsway Sports Pavilion. It lies on an area known as Manor farm and can be dated back to at least 1066 when it was given to the Sheriff of Gloucester by William the Conqueror. In 1535 Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn are known to have passed through the area giving the area its name ‘Kings-Way’.
More recent history details how the area was owned by the War office as a gun ammunition site to the British Army from 1915 to the end of the First World War and then as a storage and maintenance site for aircraft equipment and motor vehicles for the RAF during the second world. In 1995 the site was returned back to the Parish.
The course is run on a mixture of asphalt path, gravel aggregate and grass. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain.
The course is suitable for those that wish to run with a child’s buggy and is also open to runners who wish to bring a dog. For our four legged friends we have a water bowl available.
The 5K course (3 laps) runs in a clockwise direction, it is flat and favours both the beginner and the runner with more ambitious objectives.
Starting next to an ancient oak tree on an aggregate surface it quickly becomes an asphalt surface where you will run past the pavilion and the parkrun finish funnel. After 150m metres you run through a series of turns will take you sharp left into the Orchard. The track here returns to an aggregate surface. This section is the slowest point on the course due to the tight turns and can be a bottle neck on the opening lap.
After 100m you will exit the orchard rejoining the asphalt for 200m towards the playground where marshals will direct you around the 180degree turn where the course enters the infield section relatively kind under good weather conditions as it is well maintained but can be slippery when wet.
Exiting the field, you then turn right onto asphalt again running parallel with Manor farm and its willow trees. At the end of this section listen out for marshals who will be heard to shout ‘bollards!’ It isnt insult but a warning of the only true obstacles on the track but are no major drama even for those with buggies.
Turning left you will see the Barn Owl pub just ahead (sorry, they don’t open early enough on Saturday mornings for you to nip in for a rest!)
Marshalls will direct you away from this drinking establishment onto a further section of aggregate path for 200m alongside the playing field and into a left kink followed by a sharp right (no cutting corners please!!)
This stretch of 100m track is one of contrasts. To one side is the River Qued containing an abundance of flora and fauna most noticeably the bird life and bull rushes whilst the other side of the path displays the remnants and foundations of a more military nature. RAF Quedgeley or to give it its official name, Number. 7 Maintenance Unit, RAF Quedgeley whose Motto was ‘Omnibus Ubique Servimus’ ? ‘We Serve All, Everywhere.
A right turn over a footbridge has you onto the final stretch to complete the lap.
Occasionally, due to prolonged wet weather, the start will begin at the exit of the Orchard and will be 4 laps instead of three excluding the infield section.

Facilities

We have free car parking available at the venue but spaces are limited. Alternative parking at the ASDA store directly opposite.
Please park away from the store entrance, unless you intend to use the store.
NB: For your safety and at the request of ASDA,
DO NOT WALK THROUGH THE GARAGE FORECOURT.
ASDA Kingsway has a filling station so if your vehicle is low on fuel it’s unlikely you will find anything cheaper in the area.

We provide access to the sports pavilion so you can store personal belongings (at your own risk). There is also toilets, changing and shower facilities too.
Around the Kingsway Park is a childs play area, a skate park and a BMX track and outdoor gym equipment.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts next to an ancient oak tree.

Getting there by public transport

The nearest train station is Gloucester. Take the 08:10, 66S bus from the city centre bus station for Kingsway.

Getting there on foot

Access is good from all local areas.

Getting there by road

Postcode for SATNAV GL2 2SN, Newhaven Road

Approximately 5 minutes from junction 12, M5.
Leave the motorway and follow the signs for Gloucester.
Head straight over the roundabout (ESSO/McDonalds on your left), on to the dual carriageway.
Head straight over at the next roundabout and turn right at the lights signposted ‘Kingsway’.
Turn right at the roundabout, the event location is the sports pavilion 200 metres ahead on the left just past the zebra crossing.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Kingsway sports pavillion for a refreshing drink and maybe a slice of cake! The cake is home baked and provided by volunteers when available. Chat to other like-minded folk over a cup of tea or coffee and become a part of this running community phenomenon that is parkrun - please come and join us!