The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. It's run in Eaton Park, Norwich and run entirely on hard surfaced 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 Norwich 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.
  • We regret that our multi-lap course together with the large numbers of runners taking part means that we are unable to support runners with dogs at the Norwich parkrun.
  • 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 Norwich 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

Our three-and-a-half-lap course starts by the skateboard park in the south west corner of the park and finishes on the avenue which runs westwards from the rose garden towards the Bandstand. The best way to remember this is to "cross the bridge four times".
Our course has been certified as being exactly 5k in length by an approved UKA course measurer.

We regret that our multi-lap course together with the large numbers of runners taking part means that we are unable to support runners with dogs at the Norwich parkrun.

Facilities

There are public toilets at the Bandstand and these are usually open from 8am every Saturday.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts by the skateboard park in the south west corner of the park.

Getting there by public transport

The buses that go to South and North Park Avenue are numbers 25 and 35 respectively. The timetables for these buses can change so we advise people to check the times on or close to day before using.

Getting there on foot

Getting there by road

There is limited car parking space at Eaton Park and we would like to encourage people to walk/cycle to the event, use public transport, or where possible car share.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee, and lots of other lovely things, at the Eaton Park Cafe - please come and join us.