The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Oldends Lane Playing Fields, Stonehouse. The course is run on a mixture of grass and gravel 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 Stonehouse 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.
  • Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Consider protecting yourself by wearing repellent when at parkrun events in grassy or wooded areas. See lymediseaseuk.com for further details.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Stonehouse 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

This is a four 1.2KM clockwise laps of the playing fields starting near the play area with an extra 200m to complete the 5K at the pavilion.

The route is flat, mainly on grass and can be muddy if wet! There is a narrow section and gravel section on each lap.

Facilities

Free car parking. If you’re coming from Stonehouse the entrance is on the right just after the playing fields. Please use the car park rather than parking on the road as that can block driveways. And our neighbours do like to be able to leave their houses!
There are no toilets on site. This is a neighbourhood park so it’s not OK to find a natural toilet. If you’re caught short the nearest public toilets are in the car park on the high street - turn in by the Trafalgar Chippy (opposite the Co-Op). Address for googling is 27 High St, Stonehouse GL10 2NG. There’s also plenty of cafes on the high street who will serve you a great post parkrun cuppa and have the usual facilities.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts near the play area.

Getting there by public transport

Nearest Station: Stonehouse 1 mile
Nearest Bus: Storehouse High street ¾ mile

Getting there on foot

Just a short walk from bus stops on Stonehouse high street - Oldends lane is on your left.

Getting there by road

Sat nav postcode GL10 2DG - Car park has a height restriction of 2.1 meters.

From Stroud or the M5 - enter Oldends lane industrial estate and follow signs toward Stonehouse. The car park entrance is immediately on your left after the level crossing.

From Cheltenham, Gloucester (B4008) or Stonehouse - turn onto Oldends lane from the high street. The car park entrance is on your right just after going under the railway bridge.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the finish area when the weather is good, but you will need to bring your own drink - please come and join us!