The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is on park. The course is run on a mixture of off road 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 Yeovil Montacute 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.
  • Please be aware that there are loose cattle and sheep in the grounds.
  • The running surface is very uneven and you should run with care. Trail shoes are advisable in wet conditions if you have them.
  • 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.
  • This course is not suitable for buggies/prams or wheelchairs due to the uneven surface throughout the course.
  • 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 Yeovil Montacute 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


View Yeovil Montacute parkrun in a larger map

Course Description

The course starts and finishes near the Pudding House at the foot of the Avenue. It follows a 2k anti-clockwise inner loop, out and back along the avenue, and a 3k anti-clockwise outer loop passing close to the perimeter of the property and through the copse.
The running surface is very uneven and you should run with care. Trail shoes are advisable in wet conditions if you have them.
Be aware that there are loose cattle and sheep in the grounds.

Facilities

There is ample free parking at Montacute House.
You don’t need to be a National Trust member to take part, but members should bring their NT membership card in addition to their parkrun barcode.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the foot of the Avenue.
From the main entrance, pass the cafe, turn right and follow the path to the Pudding House, and enter the Montacute grounds through the gateway. You will see the start/finish area at the foot of the Avenue

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Route 81 - Yeovil bus station to South Petherton, alight at Montacute ‘The Borough'.

Train: The nearest train stations are Yeovil Pen Mill 5 miles and Yeovil Junction 7 miles

Getting there on foot

On foot: Leyland Trail and Monarch Trail both pass through Montacute Park.

By bike: NCN30 passes Montacute village (see the Sustrans website).

Getting there by road

Montacute House is signposted from the A3088, approximately 4 miles from the centre of Yeovil, or 1 mile from the A303 (London to Exeter road).
There is ample free parking at Montacute House.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Courtyard Café - please come and join us!