The course is 5000m (5K) long. It's run on Rye Meadow, Abingdon and run on a mixture of grass, paths and tarmac. 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 Abingdon 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.
- Runners pushing buggies are 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.
We hope these tips help to ensure that Abingdon 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 our Support
The route forms a scenic riverside run around the historic meadows of Abingdon; starting in Rye Meadow, pass through Abingdon lock, continue around the perimeter of the meadow and return along the farm track, then road, turning right onto the road leading to the lock. On the second lap, run past the lock, parallel with the river and repeat as per the first lap to the farm track and road finishing after the sharp right-hand turn into Rye Meadow.
Location of start
We start and finish on Rye Meadow to the south of Abingdon on Bridge Street. Cross over the River Thames and the Meadow is first left. Please allow approximately 5 minutes to walk from the entrance to Rye Meadow to the start.
Getting there by public transport
There are buses to the centre of Abingdon operated by Oxford Bus Company
Getting there on foot
Rye Farm Meadow is a short walk from Abingdon Town Centre
Getting there by road
From the Reading direction (A415), immediately before Abingdon Bridge turn right into Rye Meadow car park. From the Oxford or Witney directions follow Abingdon's one way system through the town. Take the A415 towards Reading. Immediately after Abingdon Bridge, turn left into Rye Meadow car park. Please check at the car park for latest details of charges. Parking is currently free for the first two hours (last updated 30 April 2012).
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Java and Co in Market Place - please come and join us.