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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Ebbw Valley Cycle Track, Aberbeeg. The course is run entirely on tarmac paths. 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 Aberbeeg 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.
  • 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.
  • You are welcome to take part with a dog, but please keep the dog on a short lead or short harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
  • Unfortunately this course is not suitable for buggies due to narrow paths.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Aberbeeg 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

Flat out and back course on tarmac, unfortunately the course is not suitable for pushchairs due to path becoming narrow in places.

Facilities

There are toilets available at Aberbeeg rugby club.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at Ebbw Valley Cycle Track.

Getting there by public transport

Bus stop is located on the B4471 approx 5 min walk from the start. Services 98, E3 and X15 all stop at this location.

Getting there on foot

From Aberbeeg Square, take the second turning right, take an immediate left then the start is located under the bridge to your left.

Getting there by road

From Abertillery (A467) at roundabout take 1st exit onto B4471, take the second turning on the right under a low bridge, the car park is located at the end of Railway Terrace.

From Crumlin (A467) take a right turn towards Glandwr Street, take the immediate left turn, then take the next right and continue to Aberbeeg rugby club for parking.

There is limited parking at the venue. Please follow instructions given by parking marshal. Additional car parking is available at Aberbeeg rugby club which is a 5 minute walk from the start.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Aberbeeg rugby club - please come and join us!