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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Rock Park, Barnstaple. 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 Barnstaple 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 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 Barnstaple 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

This is a two and half lap, easy going, flat course suitable for all abilities. It starts with the half lap around the orange loop (see map) in an anticlockwise direction. Then you begin two big laps which start with a blue loop towards the opposite end of the park still in an anti-clockwise direction and include the orange loop.

Under normal circumstances runners should stay on the tarmac paths. However, please note there may at times be some flooding on the path and we will need to re-direct on the grass.


  • Parking: There is parking available at Rock Park but we advise wherever possible you use the Branstaple park and ride car park (EX32 9AX) as there is not much space around the park area.
  • Showers: The Tarka Tennis Centre has agreed for parkrunners to use their shower facilities post run. Please treat these facilities with respect.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts next to the children’s play area

Getting there by public transport

Train:From the train station follow signs to the Tarka Tennis Centre and follow the instructions below.

Bus:From the bus station head south towards the river and look for signs to the park.

Getting there on foot

By foot from the Tarka tennis centre: From the Tarka Tennis Centre walk towards the river Taw (following the path to the left of the main entrance with the outdoor courts to your right) and turn right leaving the leisure centre and car park behind you and the Tarka tennis centre to your right. Follow this path until you are able to cross the river on the old Iron Bridge then turn left towards the park. Keep following the path with the river to your left past the sports field to your right and continue through a path fenced off from the road. Once through this you will see a play park, outside area and green space ahead of you. Our meeting point is to the right of this green space.
Please allow 15 minutes to walk form the Tarka Tennis Centre to our meeting point in Rock Park.

By foot from Park & Ride: Please follow the footpath, at the far end of the car park. As you reach the end of this short path (perhaps 2 minutes stroll) you will come to a road with a field to your right on the other side of this road. Please cross in to this sports field and walk along the single track path, turning right, with the sports field and river (on the other side of the field) to your left and continue through a path fenced off from the road. Once through this you will see a play park, outside area and green space ahead of you. Our meeting point is to the right of this green space.
Please allow approximately 10 minutes to walk form the park and ride to our meeting point in Rock Park.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is EX32 9AJ, which brings youto Ladies mile, the road that runs alongside Rock Park. There is limited parking at Rock Park and so we ask you use Park and Ride wherever possible.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Tarka Tennis Centre - please come and join us!