The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Wepre Park, Connah's Quay. The course is run on a mixture of gravel paths, woodland 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 Wepre 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 Wepre 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

Course Description

The course is entirely within Wepre Park, courtesy of Flintshire County Council Countryside Service. The course consists of one and a half small loops near the river followed by two larger loops through woodland.
Wepre parkrun uses shared paths. Please be courteous and give way to other park users. It won't hurt your time or stop you from getting a PB but it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.
The route is entirely on the paths around the park. In places these paths can be muddy and slippery. As the routes goes through wooded areas there are likely to be tree stumps and roots and other trip hazards. Participants are warned to wear suitable footwear and to take care when running. It is an undulating route; there is around 500 feet of climbing (and downhill).

The course starts near the river below the visitor centre. Take the access track down the hill from the play area or the steps from near the Visitor Centre to reach it.
From the start, follow the path alongside the river and up the hill towards the car park. Turn sharp left at the top of the hill across a short grassy path and take the access track back to the start area. As you approach the waterfall take a sharp left turn past the start and along the riverbank. Go back up the hill towards the car park, sharp left at the top onto the grassy track but this time you keep right on the grassy path following the wall (at approx. 1km). After a right and left between the stone gateposts you join the main path through the park. Watch out for pedestrians at this point. The marshal will shortly direct you to turn right up the path behind the garden. At the top you head across the grassy path, past the educational area, towards Rosie Pool. You will keep right then left to follow the path round the pool in an anticlockwise direction until directed up the path through the woods. Look out for tree roots on this section. (2 km is approx. 100m up the path). At the top turn left across the old golf course and down the hill. Take care here, it can be slippery. Keep to the right down the hill. At the bottom you turn left onto the main path towards the Visitor Centre. Watch out for pedestrians and dog walkers along this path, keeping to the left all the way until at approx. 3km you will turn left and repeat the loop past Rosie Pool and through the woods. 4km marker is just before you re-join the path to cross the golf course and go down the hill. You join the main path again towards the Visitor Centre and the finish. Keep on the left until directed to cross the path to approach the finish on the grass near the Visitor Centre.

Please be aware that photography and filming may take place and may be used on event specific locations i.e. Website, Facebook, Twitter or Flickr.

Facilities

Toilets are available in the park. There is a free car park and free parking on the roads that surround the park. There is an enclosed children’s play area adjacent to the car park, a skate park and extensive playing fields. Wepre Park has a network of footpaths and includes historic sites and valuable habitats. The Old Hall Café has indoor and outdoor seating and is alongside the finish area. Come and enjoy hot and cold drinks and snacks and talk about your run! For more information about the park please go to the Visitor Centre for a range of displays and leaflets or take a look at the Wepre Park booklet online.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts near the river below the visitor centre. Take the access track down the hill from the play area or the steps from near the Visitor Centre to reach it.

Getting there by public transport

For public transport details of getting to and from Wepre Park, call Traveline on 0870 608 2608 or visit the travel planner on the Traveline Cymru website.
Bus Services from Chester, Wrexham and Mold pass the park, other services pass nearby.

The nearest train station is Shotton which is approximately 1 mile away. It is served by trains on the Chester/Holyhead line (Shotton Low Level) and the Wrexham/Bidston line (Shotton High Level). On exiting the train station turn right and head along the main street towards the Town Centre. When you reach the Civic Centre turn left into Wepre Lane. Wepre Park is on the left after approximately half a mile. It is clearly marked.

Getting there on foot

The park is on Wepre Lane. It can be reached off Mold Road or the town centre. From Mold Road take Wepre Lane (look for the brown signs) along the road, The park is approximately 400m on right. From the Civic Centre turn into Wepre Lane (look for the brown signs). Wepre Park is on the left after approx. half a mile. The park is clearly marked. Once in the park, head up the main drive towards the Visitor Centre.

Getting there by road

If you are using Sat Nav the nearest postcode is CH5 4HL. The park can be reached off the A548 (The Coast Road) up Wepre Lane or off B5126 from Northop and A55 (The park is well signposted. Look out for and follow the brown signs to the park)
Please use the car park on the left as you enter the park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Old Hall Café, Wepre Park Visitor Centre, Connah's Quay CH5 4HL - please come and join us!