The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in North Walls Recreation Ground, Winchester. 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.
The Winchester 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 Winchester 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
The course is flat and fast and is run on a mix of grass and tarmac paths.
From the start (green pin), head east alongside the treeline, and turn right at the end of the field.
Follow the perimeter in a clockwise direction to pass the start again. As you reach the end of the field for the second time turn 180 degrees left into the first 'hairpin' and onto the tarmac. Follow the tarmac west with the trees on your left.
At the end of the path turn right onto the field and follow the perimeter of the northerly field in a clockwise direction. Once you reach the path again, turn left to cross the river via the wide bridge and then turn left again to follow the perimeter of the large easterly field in a clockwise direction.
Continue past the bowling club with the hedge on your right, all the way down to the second 'hairpin'. This is a wider hairpin - more like 2 right turns - that brings you back onto tarmac.
Follow the path north all the way back up to the bridge, turn left and then left again onto the starting field.
You are now in the same spot as step 2. Repeat steps 2 to 5 to do one more complete loop of the course.
Repeat step 2 a final time. As you come to the end of tarmac you will see the finish lane marked on the grass to your right - with the finish funnel beyond (in red on the map above.
Crank up your pace, grit your teeth and finish with a flourish.
Leisure Centre: Toilets, changing rooms, lockers and the café are available at the Leisure Centre.
Parking: Several car parks are available in the area with limited 'pay and display' car parking available at the Leisure Centre. Current charges are 70p for 1 hour, 90p for up to 2 hours and £1.20 for up to 3 hours. Overflow car parking is available at St Peter's. See http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/winchester for details of all local public car parks in the area.
Location of start
The start is located close to the tennis courts at River Park Leisure Centre
Getting there by public transport
Train: The nearest train station is Winchester train station, which is approximately 0.5 miles away.
Bus: Several bus services stop near North Walls Recreation Ground.
Getting there on foot
North Walls is located less than 0.4 miles from the centre of Winchester and easily accessible by foot (approximately 6-7 minutes’ walk) or bike.
Getting there by road
North Walls is located close to the centre of Winchester and easily accessible by car from within, or outside, the city from the M3.
If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is SO23 7DD.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the River Park Leisure Centre café - please come and join us!