The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Thornes Park, Wakefield. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, trail 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 Wakefield Thornes 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 humans 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 Wakefield Thornes 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 our Support
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The course is contained within the three parks; Clarence, Holmfield and Thornes Parks. The course itself is not entirely flat; the highest point is the top of the hill, just above the Changing rooms, opposite Wakefield College Campus Car Park. The lowest is the southern boundary of the parks which runs parallel to Thornes and Denby Dale Roads.
The start is just above the Changing rooms, almost in the centre of the park, at the top of the main drive which runs to the former Thornes House. Runners will go down the drive then turn left at Stork Lodge Café on towards the Holmfield Arms (Premier Inn Wakefield Central).
Just after the Ticket Pavilion on the cycle track runners double back along the southern boundary back towards Stork Lodge Café Car Park. The adjacent Cark Park will be in use and therefore be aware particularly of moving cars and stick to the marked course. Having passed the lake and aviary you now take in a clockwise circuit of the former Thornes House before joining a cycle track and the main drive to return you to the Changing Rooms.
At the changing rooms you are directed to head back down hill, running with the tree line on your left-hand side and parallel to the main drive. You head straight for the Play Area and join a tarmac path leading towards the miniature railway where you will turn right and run parallel to Lawefield Lane. Head uphill, once again keeping the tree line on your left-hand side, clockwise around the Football pitches and towards Chestnut Lodge. From the Lodge you go east, parallel to Park Ave and then south parallel to Denby Dale Road (A636) and to where it meets Chestnut Walk. You will be directed uphill along Chestnut Walk to complete a clockwise loop of the Clarence Park arena. Just before Chestnut Lodge you will complete a ‘cross country stretch’ across the parkland towards the Changing Rooms.
Turning left, with the College Car park on your right-hand side and then left again you turn back up the main drive towards the start. Runners will go a little way down the drive for a second time towards Stork Lodge Café but turn sharp right on to the red-brick track. You head downhill to the aviary turn left and the finish at the side of the Car Park beyond the lake.
Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please keep to the left and 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.
Location of start
The run starts just above the Changing rooms, almost in the centre of the park, at the top of the main drive which runs to the former Thornes House.
Getting there by public transport
Bus: 119/120 Wakefield-Thornes-Horbury-Ossett-Batley, Every Hour
126/127 Wakefield-Horbury-Ossett-Dewsbury, Every 10 minutes
128 Dewsbury-Thornhill-Horbury-Wakefield, Hourly
231/232 Wakefield-Horbury-Netherton (231)-Overton (232)-Flockton-Lepton-Huddersfield, Every 30 minutes
265 Netherton-Horbury-Wakefield, One journey
443/444 Hall Green-Wakefield, Every 30 minutes
Wakefield Free City Bus links the city’s Westgate and Kirkgate train and bus stations. Buses run every ten minutes from 8:30am to 5:00pm on Saturdays. Stops 9 (Westgate Retail Park) and 10 (Westgate Station) are the closest to Thornes Park Campus.
Visit the Metro website for the very latest public transport updates and news including timetables, tickets and journey planner.
Getting there on foot
15 minute walk or short taxi journey south-west from both Westgate and Kirkgate stations.
Getting there by road
If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is WF2 8TY
From M1 Northbound:
From M1 Southbound:
- Leave the M1 at junction 39 and join the A636 towards Wakefield.
- Turn left after the second roundabout onto the B6475, Thornes Road and then turn right into Gill Sike Road.
- Turn right onto the A642, Horbury Road and then take the first right onto the access drive to Thornes Park Campus.
- Leave the M1 at junction 40 and join the A638 towards Wakefield.
- Turn right onto the B6475, George-a-Green Road and at the A642, Horbury Road, turn left towards the town centre.
- The access drive to the Thornes Park Campus is the second on the right.
Free car parking is available at all three entrances. The preferred Car park to be used is at Wakefield Colleges Thornes Park Campus which is located in the centre of Thornes Park. Direct access to the Campus and the free Campus car parking is only possible from the Horbury Road side of the Park, but some satellite navigation systems will try to direct you to the Campus via one of the other Park access points. Use the postcode WF2 8TY to be directed to the correct entrance to Thornes Park.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Holmfield Arms - please come and join us!