The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Newent Community School/Forest Leisure Centre, Newent. The course is run on a mixture of gravel 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 Newent parkrun, Forest of Dean 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.
  • PLEASE NOTE that due to Newent parkrun being held predominantly on school grounds we are unfortunately unable to allow dogs on the course or on any part of the school fields.
  • 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 Newent parkrun, Forest of Dean 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 begins on the upper school field, by the fence alongside the tennis courts. Complete an anticlockwise loop of the field, then a loop alongside a row of trees before joining the gravel path for a woodland run around the outside of the school fields (Scraggs bank). Connect onto the lower rugby field for a clockwise lap of the field and a loop around the trees alongside the hockey pitch, before taking the track at the back of the hockey pitch onto the top field for lap two. When reaching this point on the second lap, run straight down towards the field entrance gate, the finish point is located just before the gate.

PLEASE NOTE that due to Newent parkrun being held predominantly on school grounds we are unfortunately unable to allow dogs on the course or on any part of the school fields.

Facilities

Getting There

Location of start

We meet outside the Sports Bar at Newent Community School/Leisure Centre. This is at the top right of the slope which leads from the car park to the leisure centre. The course start is on the school field, by the fence alongside the tennis courts.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The nearest bus stop drops off outside the Co-op/Library very close to Watery Lane.

Getting there on foot

Newent Community School is a short walk from Newent town centre, located at the top of Watery Lane on the left hand side.

Getting there by road

From Gloucester: Take the B4215 past Highnam to Newent. At Newent crossroads turn left into the town and take the 1st right into Watery lane.

Travelling from Ross along the M50: Exit at junction 3 to Newent and follow B4215 to Newent, at crossroads turn right into Newent and then 1st right to Watery lane.

Parking is available in the school/leisure centre car park, and is shared with other site users.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Sports Bar at Newent Community School - please come and join us!