The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Wotton Community Parc, Wotton-under-Edge. The course is run on a mixture of 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.

Course Safety

The Wotton 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.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not welcome anywhere on the site and are not welcome at this event.
  • 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 Wotton 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

From the start next to the 3G football pitch, follow the grass then gravel track, past the finish funnel and run down the slope to the dip and then up to the New Road gate. From here, turn left and keeping the hedge on your right, continue along the mown path around the edge of the field and back to the dip in the middle of the site. Take the path on your right past the barn and continue along the mown path around the rugby pitch back to the start point. Do not run down the main gravel track again, instead, keeping the hockey pitch on your right, follow the mown path around this field and continue back to the middle of the site. Turn right through the gap in the hedge and then turn immediately right and up a gentle incline past the skate park - this will loop you around to the New Road gate. Do this complete lap one more time! When you get to the New Road gate after your second full lap, turn left and run back down the gravel path to the dip, and finally up the path to the finish funnel.

This is a cross-country course. The course runs over mainly grass with some gravel tracks and can be muddy in the winter.

Dogs are prohibited anywhere on the site and therefore are not welcome at this event.

Facilities

There are two ‘Abbey Loos’ situated at the site. One by the New Road gate and one near the sports pitches.
Car parking is available at KLB School.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in Wotton Community Parc.

Getting there by public transport

There are several bus services that serve Wotton-under-Edge. Please check the internet for current timetables.

Getting there on foot

From Wotton-under-Edge continue down the school footpath towards Kingwood. You will find KLB School after approximately 1km - you can enter the Parc via the safe path halfway down on the right, or through the school car park.

Getting there by road

The postcode for sat nav is GL12 8RB.

Heading towards Wotton-under-Edge from the north or the south on the motorway (M5 junction 14) drive through Charfield on the B4058 then pass Renishaw New Mills and the Roundhouse Toll building on your left. Continue up the hill keeping the Community Parc on your right and take the next turning right (B4060 - signposted Wickwar/Chipping Sodbury). Enter KLB School via the second entrance on your right and park in the Wotton Community Sports Centre car park.

Alternatively, leaving Wotton-under-Edge towards Charfield take the first left down the hill out of the town (B4060 - signposted Wickwar/Chipping Sodbury ). Enter KLB School via the second entrance on your right and park in the Wotton Community Sports Centre car park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!