The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton. The course is run entirely on tarmac 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 Long Eaton 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 Long Eaton 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

A flat, well signed two clockwise lap course within the grounds of West Park. Starting near to the Rugby Club and Cricket pavilion.
From the start runners head along a straight path towards the Leisure Centre for 250m, turning right and then left before following the combined Cycle and Pedestrian path (clearly separated by a large white line and signage) around the perimeter of the park. On approach to the Tennis Centre the path curves right before runners turn left and cross over a wide bridge turning immediately left then right to follow the path around the perimeter with the Tennis centre on the right following the perimeter of the park. On approach to the Children’s play area runners turn left the right and follow the path between the Tennis Centre and Plat Area. On reaching the bridge runners turn left crossing over it then turn left again and follow the path back to the start where they will start a second lap. On approach to the start area towards the end of the second lap runners will be directed right to the finish line.

Facilities

There is free parking located at West Park Leisure Centre. There is also ample on-street unrestricted parking on the roads surrounding the park. As this is a residential area please show due consideration when arriving, parking and leaving the venue.
There are toilets and locker facilities located within the Leisure Centre. Lockers are £1, refundable on return. There are also secure bike parking facilities. The park has a children’s play area, skate park and a range of sporting activities available such as Cricket, Tennis, Bowls,Rugby. The Leisure centre also houses other sporting facilitiesincluding swimming.
The Rugby House Cafe has full facilities, toilets, showers, storage for all with inside & outside space behind the start line. We meet here post run for breakfast deal and results processing.
Toilets and baby changing are located in the centre of the park next to the children’s play area and also within the Leisure Centre.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in West Park.

Getting there by public transport

Train: Long Eaton Railway Station is located between Derby and Nottingham and is approximately 15 minutes on the train from either City. When exiting the station turn left onto Wilsthorpe Road. It is a 1.2km walk straight down Wilsthorpe Road. The leisure Centre is on the right hand side and is clearly signposted.

Bus: From Long Eaton Green in the centre of Long Eaton you can catch the ‘Zoom’ bus (which departs Derby Bus Station every 30 minutes). It is a 17 minute journey to reach the nearest stop to West Park. Get off the bus on Wilsthorpe Road next to the chip shop. It is then a 4 minute walk to the centre towards the mini roundabout, and West Park is on the right.

Getting there on foot

There are multiple ways to access West Park.
  • Through the Leisure Centre car park on Wilsthorpe Road.
  • Over the bridge near the Library on the corner of Broad Street and Milner Road nearer to the centre of Long Eaton.
  • From Parkside Avenue which is just off Derby Road there is a footpath into the park.
  • From Thoresby Road there is a little foot bridge leading into the park. Accessing the park from this direction will require a walk over the field.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV the postcode for West Park Leisure Centre is NG10 4AA

From the M1: Exit at junction 25 of the M1 come down Bostocks Lane towards Long Eaton past the Novotel. At the small roundabout at the bottom turn right onto Longmoor Road. Follow the road around the bend onto Petersham Road. Carry on going straight and at the next roundabout go straight over onto Wilsthorpe Road. Proceed straight along to the next mini roundabout and turn left into West Park Leisure Centre car park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Rugby House Cafe situated behind the start line. We have negotiated a discount for parkrunners of £2.50, other refreshments available or extras! Also changing shower facilities, even storage of kit. All welcome, kids and dogs too - please come and join us!