The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Newborough Forest, Anglesey. The course is run on a mixture of 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 Newborough Forest 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 Newborough Forest 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

One 5k lap on a mixture of grass, trail and fire roads amongst the forestry of the park and alongside the beach front that overlook the stunning Llanddwyn Island. The start and finish is close to the main car park.

Facilities

Toilets, a mobile catering van, a cold water outdoor shower point, picnic and barbecue facilities and lots of information boards. The toilets in the beach car park are open from 8am to 4pm (winter) and from 8am to 6pm (summer).

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts close to the main car park.

Getting there by public transport

There are several bus stops in the village. Buses come from Llangefni and Bangor. For more information visit the website https://naturalresources.wales/days-out/places-to-visit/north-west-wales/newborough-revised/planning-your-visit

Getting there on foot

If you are intending to walk to the beach, the shortest route is to get off at the Pen Lon roundabout and walk down through the Marram Grass car park (Llyn Rhos Ddu) and follow the trail along the edge of the forest - that’s a little less than a two mile walk. Alternatively, you can get off in the centre of the village and walk down the main toll road (just over two miles).

Getting there by road

The main car park for the beach is at the end of a narrow lane that leads from the cross-roads in the centre of the village (between the cafe and the pub). The postcode LL61 6SG will bring you to the right road. It’s about a mile from the village to the edge of the forest where you will (usually) have to pay a £4 toll (or buy an annual pass for £20). However, parkrunners displaying their parkrun barcode will gain free entry between 8am-8:50am on Saturday mornings. This allows you to continue driving for another mile or so on the forest road to the beach car park. On sunny weekends and bank holidays this route becomes very busy. There are seven car parks - see the car park map by visiting https://naturalresources.wales/media/679746/newborough-car-park-map.pdf

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Marram Grass Café / Caffi Wiwer Goch - Red Squirrel Café - please come and join us!