The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd. The course is run entirely on tarmac paths (with small speed bumps). 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.
The Pontypridd 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 Pontypridd parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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
The course at Pontypridd parkrun is 1 small lap followed by three large laps.
The start is adjacent to the tennis courts, directly opposite the footbridge entrance to the park. From the start (facing the footbridge) you take a left turn, and follow the path around to a T-junction, where a marshal will guide you left - follow the path around and once again, you go through the start area - take a left again and next when you come to the marshal on the T-junction, you will be guided to take a right turn. Follow the path (cricket pitch to your left) and turn left again keeping the cricket pitch to your left, and the football field to your right. At the bollards, follow the path straight through to the tall wall and take a sharp left, following the path up a slight incline and around the edge of the park, at the main gates, it’s left again, and down past the play area and Lido - the start area will be on your left, keep going for another two large laps. When you pass the Lido for the third time, you will come into the finish area, which is clearly marked out.
Location of start
The run starts adjacent to the tennis courts, directly opposite the footbridge entrance to the park.
Getting there by public transport
Bus: There is a bus stop directly outside main park gates. Buses go through Pontypridd Town Centre every 15 minutes and drop off by B&M next to HSBC, take footbridge into park.
Train: The course is a short walk from Pontypridd Train Station.
Getting there on foot
The Park is in Pontypridd Town Centre. There is a footbridge by Marks & Spencer, Taff Street between HSBC and the Principality.
Getting there by road
The Park lies close to the A470 Pontypridd Town Centre turn off. There is a car park in the centre of Town where parking fees apply.
Please note, there are no vehicles allowed in the park. Pontypridd has ample parking. Please download the free Pontypridd Town Guide App for details.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Prince's cafe, in the heart of town - please come and join us!