The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Spiceball park, Banbury. The course is run on a mixture of concrete paths, 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 Banbury 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.
  • Unfortunately this course is unsuitable for buggies as it has narrow sections with some tight bends.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to humans 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 Banbury 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

Banbury parkrun is a fairly flat multi terrain course with our winter route being three laps in an anti clockwise direction. The course can get a bit wet and muddy in places and has a few narrow sections with some tight bends, making it unsuitable for runners with buggies.

Starting in the middle field, the starting straight runs out of the field and left onto the main path of the park, running alongside the river. The route follows the path around the main park changing terrain from tarmac to gravel when bending to the left at the north end of the park. Follow the gravel path between the trees, until rejoining the tarmac path running parallel with the canal. When entering the main section of the park with the children's play area and skate park in front of you, take the path to the left and follow round the edge of the grass. When the paths meet just in front of the car park, beware of the sharp left turn before turning right onto the bridge shortly after. Stay right on the bridge and turn right off of the bridge onto a grass trail. Follow the trail round (being careful of another tight, narrow left turn) and back round to the left to complete a circular island, before turning right back on to the bridge again. Staying right on the bridge and turning right off of the bridge, leads you back onto the main path and back towards the start of the lap. When you reach the next bridge on your right you have completed one lap. From this position, complete another two laps of the park back to this bridge. On the third and final lap, at this bridge, turn left back in to the middle field (signposted 'Finish') and you have entered the finishing straight. The finish line is exactly where the start line was, so you can put your foot down and make a dash for the finish.

Facilities

There are two car parks attached to the park, one is a large pay and display and the other is free but has limited parking. There are also numerous pay and display/multi storey car parks within walking distance of the park.
The closest toilets are 5 minutes walk from the start line in the local leisure centre or Cafe Red along the canal.
There is a childrens play area situated at the south side of the park next to the pay and display car park.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in the middle field of Spiceball park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: All routes heading into Banbury town centre. From the bus station it's a 5 minute walk to Spiceball park. Times and buses can be viewed on the Stagecoach UK Bus website.

Train: The closest station is Banbury train station which is just a 10-15 minute walk to the start line. The times can be viewed on the Chiltern Railways website.

Getting there on foot

From Banbury train station: From the train station head north towards Bridge Street. At the end of the road turn left onto Bridge Street. At the traffic lights, turn right onto Concord Avenue. Follow road past Spiceball Leisure Centre and turn left at the roundabout. At the next roundabout go straight ahead and shortly after turn right into Spiceball park car park. Walk through the car park and follow the path to the east side of the park until you reach the bridge with steps. The start line is in the middle field on the left.

From Banbury town centre bus station: Walk through bus station to the canal path. Cross the canal and turn left along the canal path. Keep walking until you go under a pedestrian bridge and then under a main bridge. On the other side of this bridge enter Spiceball park on the right. Follow the path to the right, through the car park and back into the park until you come to a bridge with steps. The start line is in the middle field on the left.

Getting there by road

From the M40 motorway: If using SAT NAV the nearest post code is OX16 3JJ. Leave the M40 at junction 11. If coming from the north, take fourth exit and if coming from the South, take 1st exit at the roundabout onto A422 towards Banbury. At the next roundabout go straight across (2nd exit) continuing on the A422. At the next roundabout, take the 3rd exit and then turn left onto Grimsbury Green. Follow the road for 100 yards and the car park is on your left.

From Banbury cross (town centre): If using SAT NAV the nearest post code is OX16 2AY. Head north on Horse Fair/A361, turning right at the traffic lights onto Castle Street. At the next roundablot follow round to the left onto Cherwell Drive and turn left into the car park after 100 yards.

Post Run Coffee

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