The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Churchill Gardens, Salisbury. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac 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.

Course Safety

The Salisbury 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 Salisbury 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

Course Description

Starting by the river, follow the river path over the bridge and around to the main entrance, turn left and run parallel with the dual carriageway up to the play area near New Bridge Road. Turn sharp left to continue along the river path, turn left and just before the middle bridge turn right, then right again to head back towards the river. At the river, turn sharp left. Complete three and three quarters laps before turning left to the finish line (count the play area near New Bridge Road four times).

Facilities

There is a toilet block next to the car park; from here it is a short walk to the start.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts by the river.

Getting there by public transport

Train: From Salisbury Railway Station, head towards the city centre along Fisherton Street. Just past the Clock Tower, turn right and follow signs to the Cathedral. Once past the Cathedral, exit the Cathedral Close at the southern end via the Harnham Gate and onto De Vaux Place. You will find an entrance to Churchill Gardens near to the Exeter Street Roundabout on the right by going under New Bridge Road. This is a 25 minute walk. Please see the South West Train website.

Bus: The nearest bus stop is by Wiltshire College on the Southampton Road, which is opposite Churchill Gardens. Please see the Salisbury Reds website for timetables.

Getting there on foot

Churchill Gardens is easy to access by bike or on foot from the town centre via Salisbury Cathedral (follow signs for the Golden Way).

Getting there by road

The main car park (postcode for SATNAV SP1 2LW) is charged at £1 an hour from 8am onwards and is accessible from A36 Southampton Road heading toward Salisbury. We recommend car-sharing where possible as the car park can reach capacity, if there is no space left we suggest parking at the Park & Ride on Southampton Road and walking down to the Gardens (a 10 minute walk).

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Starbucks, Next Unit, Dolphin Retail Park, Southampton Road, Salisbury, SP1 2LB. Head out of the main entrance of Churchill Gardens with Wiltshire College opposite and cross the Southampton Road at the traffic lights. Turn right along the Southampton Road and once past Homebase, take the next left. Starbucks is on the corner by Next. Parking is available and this is less than a ten minute walk from the finish line - please come and join us!