The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Oakwell Hall Country Park, Batley. The course is run on a mixture of trail paths, closed rideway and 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 Oakwell Hall 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.
  • Unfortunately this course is unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
  • 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 Oakwell Hall 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

The course is a double loop from outside Oakwell Hall, up the lane then right onto trail paths leading back to the main house, then crossing over into the lower park loop down the side of the ‘zig zag’ path along the path by the stream, then crossing the main entrance path and round the closed rideway back to the house - this is run twice. Runners come back down the lane and the finish area is halfway down Warren Lane.
Unfortunately this course is unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Facilities

Lower car park only should be used, open at all times.
Café open from 9.00am.
Toilets in lower car park and at the barn adjacent to Oakwell Hall with disabled access from 8.30am.

Getting There

Location of start

The runs starts outside Oakwell Hall.

Getting there by public transport

Buses travelling from Dewsbury to Bradford and Vice versa, alight at Scotland pub on Bradford Road, Birstall and walk up through Oakwell Park.

Getting there on foot

Walk from Bradford Road, entering Oakwell Hall Park at lower entrance and walk up through park to Oakwell Hall.

Getting there by road

Via M62 or A652 Bradford Road.
Lower car park only should be used, open at all times.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Oak Tree Café - please come and join us!