The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Dinton Pastures Country Park, Reading. The course is run entirely on 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 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.
  • 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 Reading 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

View Reading parkrun (temp 2014) in a larger map

Course Description

Due to wet conditions at Thames Valley Park, Reading parkrun has temporarily moved to Dinton Pastures.

This is a three lap course, with two small anticlockwise laps between Black Swan and White Swan Lake followed by a larger anticlockwise loop around White Swan Lake. Start off along the path that runs between the playground and Tufty’s Corner, run two anticlockwise loops of the area between the two main lakes and on the third crossing of the small wooden bridge turn right and complete a lap of White Swan Lake.


Getting There

Location of start

The run starts approximately 350 metres from the main car park in the direction of Tufty’s Corner.

Getting there by public transport

Train: The nearest train station is at Winnersh, which is a 10-15 minute walk from the Park, walk out of the station and turn left, continue down this road until you go over a motorway bridge, then the Park is sign-posted on the left.

Getting there on foot

There are many entrances into Dinton Pastures that can be accessed on foot or by bike but the main entrance is on the B3030 between the Winnersh crossroads and Twyford.

Getting there by road

From junction 10 M4, take the A329(M) towards Reading. After one mile follow signs to Winnersh on the A329. After just over a mile turn left at Winnersh crossroads onto the B3030 to Twyford. The park is sign-posted on the left after one mile. The postcode is RG10 0TH.
Access is also possible from Woodley via Sandford Lane but this is a narrow/single lane carriageway which is prone to flooding. The use of Wokingham Road is recommended.

Car parking charges are: £1.50 per hour up to 4 hours and £6.00 for over 4 hours

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Dragonfly café, which opens at 8:30 every day - please come and join us!