The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Parke Estate, near Bovey Tracey. The course is run on a mixture of trail paths, tarmac path and gravel cycle path . 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 Parke 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 human’s 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 Parke 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 start and finish area is on the private drive to Parke House.After 90m head off right down the stoney path past the meadow, at the gate head straight across the crossroads and after passing the big wooden shed and turn left up the steep hill. Stay on this path for half a mile and turn sharp right near the gate at the far end of the Parke property, follow the lower valley path for one kilometre back towards the cross roads.When you get back to the crossroads turn left which will take you over two bridges over the old mill stream and River Bovey. On the other side of the second bridge take the path on the left which climbs gently to the cycle track. Turn left along the cycle track for about 150m taking a right up the hill into the trees. At the top of the hill turn right and follow the path all the way round back onto the cycle path turning left and following it for 200m before turning right back over the bridges to the crossroads. Turn left through the gate and back up the stoney path past the meadow up onto the drive and the finish line.

Facilities

There is a £2 charge for parking. National trust members are able to park for free but you will need to scan your membership card at the ticket machine. Please leave sufficient time to do this as the machine is extremely slow and the queue can be long.

Please do not park on the road outside Parke as it is causing problems for local residents and passing traffic.


Café and toilets.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the private drive to Parke House.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Stagecoach 39 runs a regular bus service from Exeter bus station (close to train station) to Bovey Tracey town centre. From here it is a fifteen minute walk along level ground to the estate. Bus service 39 also has an hourly service between Newton Abbot and Bovey Tracey.

Train: Newton Abbot train station 6 miles and Exeter St Davids train station 16 miles.

Getting there on foot

A short walk of roughly 1 mile from the town of Bovey Tracey along a public footpath leading to Parke Estate.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV, the postcode for Parke is TQ13 9JQ
From A38 take A382 exit toward Bovey Tracey. At the 2nd roundabout (approx 4km) take 1st exit onto B3387. After 200m turn right into Parke NT estate. Follow signs to NT car park.

There is a £2 charge for parking. National trust members are able to park for free but you will need to scan your membership card at the ticket machine. Please leave sufficient time to do this as the machine is extremely slow and the queue can be long.

Please do not park on the road outside Parke as it is causing problems for local residents and passing traffic.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Parke café - please come and join us!