The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Ferry Meadows Country Park, Peterborough. The course is 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 Peterborough 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 Peterborough 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 5km (5000m) course has been accurately measured by a fully qualified UK Athletics course measurer. The event takes place in the scenic Ferry Meadows Country Park, Peterborough and is run entirely on tarmac paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain and the pontoon bridge can be slippery, so take care. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Please keep to the left at all times.
The course starts outside Ferry Meadows Café. It starts heading north on the tarmac path and makes an anticlockwise lap around Lynch lake returning to the start point. The course then follows the tarmac path rounding Overton lake crossing Ham bridge, follow the path to the left and proceed straight ahead at the next junction and then taking the left hand turn alongside Gunwade lake, followed by two right hand turns which will bring you back towards where you came out. You will then be going back over Ham Bridge and passing the cafe before turning off just past the play park to the right and finishing at the information stone post at Roman Point.

Facilities

Parking: Car parking works on number plate recognition and is £1 for parkrunners between 8am and 11am with a code available from a laminated card with the barcode scanners each week.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts from the Ferry Meadows Café and 200m from the nearest car park (which is behind the mentioned Café). The new runners briefing (8:50am) and main run briefing (8:55am) are also both held next to the Ferry Meadows Café.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Route 1 every 10 minutes from city centre. The nearest bus stop is on Wistow Way (Orton Wistow, adj ferryview). The bus stop is a short walk distance from the start line.

Train: Peterborough’s train station is a short walk distance from the Queensgate bus station where the runners can take the Route 1 bus.

Steam train: The Nene Valley Railway steam train goes from the city center directly to the park every day (find more information at www.nvr.org.uk).

Getting there on foot

The Park is 20 minutes cycle ride and 40 minutes walk from Peterborough Centre. There is a shared foot and cycle path west along the Nene river starting from the first station of the Nene valley railway close to the Pleasure Fair car park on the junction between Oundle Road and London Road that will take you directly to the Park.

Alternatively make your way along Oundle Road before turning into Ham Lane. Cross the railway line and continue until you see Ferry Meadows Café on your left where you will be directed to the briefing area.

Getting there by road

Please consider car-sharing when possible. Try the Travelchoice’s car sharing website to find route matches and information about the benefits of car sharing or, even better, chat to your fellow parkrunners.

Follow the brown tourist attraction signs for Nene Park; Ferry Meadows is signposted on the A605 which has a junction with the A1 (north direction from London). A 2.1m height restriction barrier is in place across the park’s entrance. To have it opened please contact the duty ranger on 07860 308081.

Parking: Car parking works on number plate recognition and is £1 for parkrunners between 8am and 11am with a code available from a laminated card with the barcode scanners each week.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Ferry Meadows Café, show you barcode and get a 10% discount - please come and join us!