The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. It's run in Northampton racecourse and 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 Northampton 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 humans 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 Northampton 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


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Course Description

The run takes place on the Racecourse in central Northampton. The start is positioned behind the Pavilion Carpark, Kettering Road, adjacent to the basketball and tennis courts. The course follows the perimeter tarmac paths of the park and consists of two laps going in an anti-clockwise direction. The first lap will consist of almost a full loop of the park. The second lap will turn left at the start, consisting of a shorter lap. The finish is 80m past the start and will head in a 30 degree angle finishing on the grass. This will be marked by a finishing funnel.

Facilities

Getting There

Location of start

The start is behind the Pavilion Carpark, Kettering Road, adjacent to the basketball and tennis courts. See the green start point on the map above

Getting there by public transport

By Bus

The Racecourse is located north of the Town Centre and main station and is well served by the following bus routes on Kettering Rd: 2 ; 7; 11; 38; 52

By Rail

Northampton Rail Station is a short distance from The Racecourse. The station is served by the following bus routes: 19; 19E

Getting there on foot

From the West (St James) - take the Spencer Bridge Road and continue on to Grafton Street. Turn left up the Barrack Road (A508), and after the third road on the right (Leicester Street)

From the East (Abington / Weston Favell) - take the Wellingborough Road and continue north of Abington Park. At the roundabout take the Abington Avenue and continue along until you reach the Kettering Road. The Racecourse is ahead of you.

From the South (Town Centre) - Head toward the Upper Mounts (The Mounts Baths & Northampton Fire Station). From Upper Mounts head towards the Charles Bradlaugh Pub and turn left on to Earl Street, continuing along onto Military Road until you reach the Racecourse.

From the North (Headlands/Kingsley Park) ? Head towards the Kettering Road and follow the road South until you arrive at the Racecourse on the right

Getting there by road

Postcode for Satnav users: NN1 4LG Follow AA signage from M1 junctions 15, 15a and 16.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Creative Event Services kiosk next to the finish funnel - please come and join us.