The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in the fields across from the Quarrendon & Meadowcroft Community Centre, Aylesbury. The course is run entirely on cycle 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 Aylesbury 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 Aylesbury 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


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Course Description

Our start line is approximately 500 metres from where we gather in the morning. To ensure we start as close as possible to 9am we make our way to the start line 8.50am. Please ensure you arrive in time if you're not sure where the start is.

From the start, runners follow the path alongside the River Thame, turning left where the path meets Brunswick Close after 400m. Follow this path for approximately 900m, until just before the A413. Turn left, over a bridge and immediate left again. After 350m turn left over the bridge, and left again to rejoin the outward path. Complete this loop again, and then follow the route from the opening stretch of the run back to the grass field. The run will finish next to the children’s playground.
The course is fully signposted, and marshals will be at key sections of the course when available

Facilities

There are toilet facilities adjacent to the car park.

Getting There

Location of start

Runners will meet for the pre-run briefing on the grass field next to the children’s playground, alongside Brunswick Close (adjacent to the Community Centre). The run will start on the cycle path, a short walk from here.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: A map of local bus services can be found here. Orange route ‘3’ and Blue Route ‘1’ run via the Community Centre.

Train: Aylesbury National Rail station is 1.5 miles from the Community Centre, which is a 30 minute walk.
Coming to Aylesbury Vale Parkway National Rail station is not advised, as the walk to the start is alongside a busy ‘A’ road.

Getting there on foot

The start can be reached on easily on foot or by bike via Meadowcroft, Brunswick Close and Lay Road. The cycle paths used on the course also link up with the A413.

Getting there by road

If travelling from the west, take the A41 towards Aylesbury. This becomes Bicester Road as you approach the town. Turn left into Meadowcroft. Just after you pass Brunswick Close (on your left), turn left into the car park.

If travelling from the east, stay on the A41, and turn right onto Meadowcroft. Then follow the same directions as above.

Coming from the north (A413 or A418), turn right onto Weedon Road (A4157) and then turn right into Meadowcroft. After 800 metres, the car park will be on your right.

The sat nav coordinates for the car park are HP19 9HH.

Please Note: The Community Centre opposite the playing fields has bookings for private events each Saturday morning. We ask parkrunners not to park in the Community Centre car park, and not to go into the Centre to use the toilet facilities. Parking is available in the car park opposite the Community Centre.

Post Run Coffee

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