The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Richmond park (Richmond upon Thames, Surrey) and run on grass and gravel surfaces. 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 Richmond 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 (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.
  • 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 Richmond 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


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The Start

The event starts on the Tasmin Trail, approximately 200 meters left of Richmond Gate entrance and before the Cambrian Gate. See the attached map bellow.

Course Description

The route consists of a start close to Bishops Gate near Bishops pond, heading in a north westerly direction towards the main road. Turning left onto the tarred path and proceeding in an easterly direction down Sawyers Hill. Turn Left at Sheen Cross making your way towards Sheen Gate. Before Sheen Gate, staying off public roads, turn left and re-join the Tasmin Trail. Proceed in a north westerly direction up the Tasmin Trail until the finish which is where the Tasmin Trail reaches Sawyers Hill.

Facilities

Getting There

Location of start

We start on the Tasmin Trail, approximately 200 meters left of Richmond Gate entrance and before the Cambrian Gate. See the attached map bellow.

Getting there by public transport

Details on getting to Richmond park by public transport available from The Royal parks website for Richmond park. Nearest entrace to the start is Richmond Gate.

Getting there on foot

Richmond park is easily reached by foot from Richmond and Mortlake. Nearest entrance to the start is Richmond Gate.

Getting there by road

Parking is available at either Pembroke Lodge or the Sheen entrance

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Cafe Terra, in Cedars Health Club (behind the Richmond Gate Hotel). Please come and join us.