The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Longrun Meadow, Taunton. The course is run on a mixture of compacted hoggin / grit 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.
The Longrun Meadow 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 Longrun Meadow 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 the Running For Fitness
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Longrun Meadow is a flat and attractive course which takes in all the main features of the meadow. The start is close to an Oak Barn and the route follows the path on the Southern side before looping around the perimeter of the flood basins and wetlands. It then follows the River Tone passing Britain's largest living Willow Green Cathedral before heading back towards the starting area.
The course is 2 clockwise laps of the meadow with the second lap slightly shorter.
Unfortunately the course is not suitable for race wheelchairs due to a 300m section of muddy bumpy path.
Toilets are located in the nearby COACH (Centre for Outdoor Activity and Community Hub) facility which is on French Weir Park, 1 minute walk from the start.
Location of start
The run starts at Oak Barn by the path running from The Castle School / Somerset College to French Weir Park.
Getting there by public transport
Bus: Regular buses stop outside Somerset College. From here it is a short 5 minute walk to the meadow.
Train: Taunton train station is about three quarters of a mile away from the meadow.
Getting there on foot
Coming from the centre of town the course can be accessed by foot or on bike from three directions.
From the West:
entering the meadow from Silk Mills Road
From the East:
via French Weir Park and Freize Hill
From the South:
via pedestrian/cycle path running between the Castle School / Somerset College entrance off Wellington Road (A38) and Tesco
Getting there by road
By car the meadow is best accessed from the Wellington Road (A38).
From the South:
exit the M5 at J26 at Wellington, follow the signs to Taunton, to Wellington Road
From the Minehead direction:
take Silk Mills Road and turn left onto Wellington Road. Somerset College will be on your left at traffic lights signposted “Castle Sports Centre"
From the North or across Taunton
: exit the M5 at J25, follow the A38 to Wellington Road. Somerset College will be on your right at traffic lights signposted "Castle Sports Centre". Follow the road round to left to Castle School and Sports Centre where there is plenty of parking.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Oak barn, thanks to a local scout group volunteer. Why not join the Core team who process the results in “The Weir”, the community café in the COACH (Centre for Outdoor Activity and Community Hub) facility - please come and join us!