The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Merthyr Leisure Village, Merthyr Tydfil. 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 Merthyr 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.
  • Due to how the course narrows at certain points this event can not be run with dogs or 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 Merthyr 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 the Running For Fitness website.

Course Map

Course Description

The start is located at the rear of Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre. There is 1 large lap followed by 1 shorter lap on tarmac paths. It is undulating with a number of 180 degree turns around bollards. The course crosses 2 bridges. The course is run in a clockwise direction. The start and finish are in the same place.

Due to how the course narrows at certain points this event can not be run with dogs or pushchairs.

Facilities

There is ample free car parking at the rear of the leisure centre. The leisure centre has toilets and showers.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the rear of Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre.

Getting there by public transport

Train: The main train route is Cardiff Central to Merthyr.
Bus: From Merthyr Town Centre to the leisure village take the number E79 bus.

Getting there on foot

If coming by foot the Leisure Centre is a 20 minute walk from Merthyr town centre. Follow signs to Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Village.

Getting there by road

Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre is conveniently located in Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Village. Follow the signs to Merthyr and then either from the A470 or Merthyr town centre follow signs to the Leisure Village. For sat nav use - the postcode is CF48 1UT.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Merthyr Leisure Centre café - please come and join us!