The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Tyne Riverside Country Park, Prudhoe. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and trail 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 Prudhoe Riverside 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 Prudhoe Riverside 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

Course Description

The course starts on the Riverside path, approximately 10 minutes walk from Prudhoe Railway Station. Runners will stay on right side of the main path towards Wylam and take a right turn leading to a footpath behind chalk hills known as The Spetchells. Runners will continue down this trail footpath, with slight inclines and complete 2 clockwise laps, finishing at the start line with a steady downhill towards the finish. The majority of the path is trail and may not be suitable for buggies, the course is mostly flat with a gradual climb and a steeper downhill section.

Facilities

Public toilets are available at the Riverside park café/information centre.
Parking is available at the Riverside Country Park, with overflow parking on the opposite side of the road.
There is a children’s play area at the Riverside Country Park.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the Riverside path, approximately 10 minutes walk from Prudhoe Railway Station.

Getting there by public transport

Tyne Riverside Park is adjacent to Prudhoe Transport Interchange which is served on Saturdays by trains from Sunderland through, Newcastle, Metrocentre and Blaydon and from Carlisle through, Haltwhistle, Haydon Bridge, Hexham, Corbridge, Stocksfield, Riding Mill. The Go North East number 10 service stops on Prudhoe Front street, a 15 minute walk from the Tyne Country park.

For local bus information see the Simply Go website.
For local rail information see the Northern Railway website

Getting there on foot

From Prudhoe Town Centre head down Station Road to the Riverside park, signposted Prudhoe Rail Station. From Wylam follow Riverside footpath marked Prudhoe.

Getting there by road

From the A1 North/South Metrocentre exit.
Follow signs for Blaydon/Ryton/Prudhoe/A695 and merge onto Chain Bridge Rd/A695
Continue to follow A695 onto Princess Way/A695
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Station Rd

From the A69 East/West A68 exit.
Follow signs for Prudhoe/A695
Continue to follow A695 through Riding Mill, Stocksfield, Mickley
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Station Rd

Tyne Riverside Park is clearly signposted from the Train Station.
Parking is available at the Riverside Country Park, with overflow parking on the opposite side of the road.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Corner Café, 59 Front Street, Prudhoe NE42 5AA, which is in the Town Centre. They have offered 10% to all parkrunners on production of their barcode - please come and join us!