The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at King George V Park, Melksham. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, trail 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 Melksham 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.
  • Dogs are not allowed due to the nature of the course.
  • This course is unsuitable for pushchairs.
  • 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 Melksham 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 two laps, clockwise, starting and finishing in front of the Adventure Centre. The course includes the King George V Park in Melksham, Wiltshire, taking in the Riverside Walk and the Forest Community Centre field. It is run on hard trail paths, compacted gravel and grass, uneven in places. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain and trail shoes may be preferable in Winter months. There is a narrow section so please be aware of runners in two directions and sometimes three.

This course is unsuitable for pushchairs. We’re afraid that we can’t allow dogs due to the nature of the course.

Facilities

There are toilet facilities at the rear of the Adventure Centre, right by the start / finish area and at the post-run cafe in the Pavilion.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in front of the Adventure Centre.

Getting there by public transport

By Bus From Bradford on Avon (08:11) - Service X69 arrives at Bank Street at 08:30hrs, via Holt (08:16) and Broughton Gifford (08:21).
5 minute walk to the park. Return bus at 10:22hrs

From Chippenham Bus station (08:05) - Service X34 arrives at Bank Street at around 08:30hrs, via Lacock (08:15) and Beanacre (08:22).
5 minute walk to the park. Return bus at 10:35hrs

From Trowbridge - Service X34 arrives at Bank Street at around 08:35hrs, via Hilperton (08:11), Semington (08:23).
5 minute walk to the park. Return bus at 10:30hrs

Services 14, 15 and 69 from Corsham, X72 and 272 from Bath do not have a first service in time for parkrun.

Service X72 from Devizes at 07:15hrs arrives at 07:41 hrs.

By Train From Westbury direction, a service arrives in Melksham at 08:37 hrs from Trowbridge (08:28). It is a 12 to 14 minute walk from Melksham station to the park. Return train leaves at 11:02 hrs.

First service trains from Swindon and Chippenham do not arrive until after 09:00 hrs.

Getting there on foot

There are 5 entrances to the park and the start is to the left of the Adventure Centre in the corner by the river.

Getting there by road

From Trowbridge or Westbury
Follow the A350 towards Chippenham, and follow the first Melksham town centre sign. You will see the first car park on your right just before the Market Place and others signposted to the left and right as you head towards the north end of the town.

From Chippenham or Bath
Head to Melksham and when you reach the Farmers Roundabout, just past ASDA on your right, take the first exit towards the town centre and opposite Lidl we have free use of CooperTires employees' car park (signed as parkrun). You can also carry on over the river bridge to car parks on your left and right at the minirounabout but these are time-limited. If you carry straight on at the miniroundabout and follow the road to the traffic lights the main town car park is on your right but there is no right turn so you need to go straight ahead and around the Market Place to then make a left turn back at the lights.

Parking
There are pay-and-display car parks on Lowbourne next to the Library, the main car park in the centre of town and another on the south side of town off King Street.

Please do not use the car park at the top end of the park near Rivermead school as the canoe club will be using that to keep vehicles out of the way for us down at the Adventure Centre. Some of their members will no doubt be joining us from time to time. It is also used by members of the public.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Melksham Pavilion, King George V Park - please come and join us!