The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Thames Valley Park, Reading. The course is run on a mixture of gravel paths and grass. 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 Reading 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.
- 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 make sure you’re fit enough to run 5k (3.1 miles). Health advice about running can be found at the excellent Runners' Medical Resource website.
- 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.
- 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.
- This is a free training event, so all run and attend at their own risk.
We hope these tips help to ensure that Reading 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
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The Reading parkrun route takes in a long opening and home straight along the Thames Towpath from its start adjacent to Wokingham Canoe Club. It consists thereafter of 2 laps around a well maintained gravel footpath around the nature reserve, across the meadows and the towpath again, ultimately taking a final left turn and a sprint to the end!!! Its very flat, on varying surfaces and regular road running shoes should certainly suffice in most weathers.Please note:
We sometimes have to alter the course depending on the conditions under foot, but the route will always be clearly sign posted.
Location of start
The start is next to Wokingham Canoe Club.
Getting there by public transport
Either of the buses to Woodley (13 or 14) will get you onto the A4. Coming from Reading town centre, get off at the first stop after you have gone under the A329(M). If coming from Woodley, then get off at the bottom of Shepherds Hill. You can then walk to TVP. The Bristol and Bath Railway Path is a good route in. It goes under the railway and brings you out on Thames Valley Park Drive.
Getting there on foot
From Reading train station, you can take a short walk or jog alongside the Thames towards Sonning (East).
Getting there by road
If driving, head for RG6 1PQ. Parking is permitted along Thames Valley Park Drive.
Please do not park in the Wokingham Waterside Centre car park, this is reserved for their customers use.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the David Lloyd Heath Club - please come and join us!