The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Torbay Velopark, Paignton. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac cycle track, 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 Torbay Velopark 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.
- Sorry No Dogs allowed at Torbay Velopark parkrun.
- 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 Torbay Velopark 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
A flat course starts on the Torbay Velopark Cycle Track located next to the Torbay Leisure car park and heads anti-clockwise for two laps before exiting the track through two gates on to a gravel path leading on to Clennon Field for a one lap passing Clennon Lake around the football pitches and Astroturf pitch, finishing by the Velopark gates.
Sorry No Dogs allowed at Torbay Velopark parkrun.
Toilet location in Leisure Centre, Car parking info ? plenty of spaces at Clennon Valley Car Park TQ4 6LN, children’s play area in Leisure Centre, any disabled facilities.
Location of startThe run starts on the Torbay Velopark Cycle Track located next to the Torbay Leisure car park.
Getting there by public transportBus: Stagecoach 12 runs a regular 12 minute bus service from Newton Abbot, Torquay, Paignton bus station and Brixham. Riverlink 100 runs a regular one hour bus service from Totnes. (close to Goodrington train station) From here it is a two minute walk through the Torbay Leisure Centre Carpark.
Train: Paignton Train Station 1 mile.
Getting there on footA short walk of roughly 1 mile from the town of Paignton along a public footpath leading to Torbay Velopark.
Getting there by roadIf using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is TQ45JR, which brings you to Torbay Leisure Centre car park.
1 mile from Paignton Town Centre via Dartmouth Rd/A379.
30 miles from M5 motorway M5, A38, A380 to Waterleat Rd, Penwill Way in Paignton.
6 miles from Totnes via Totnes Rd/A3022, Turn right onto Hayes Rd, Continue straight onto Penwill Way.
5 miles from Brixham via A3022 and Dartmouth Rd/A379
Clennon Valley carpark is next to Torbay Velopark and is a large pay and display car park (503 spaces) Additional spaces at Quay West carpark (970 spaces)
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in JM Coffee, Torbay Velopark - please come and join us!