The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Rock Park, Barnstaple. The course is run mostly 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

Barnstaple parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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 one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

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 parkrunners 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 Park School Carpark (formerly park and ride car park - EX32 9AX) as there is not much space around the park area.

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 towards the Town Centre and once you have crossed the bridge over the river turn right past the museum and follow the river up into the park.

Getting there on foot

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 you to Ladies mile, the road that runs alongside Rock Park. There is limited parking at Rock Park and so we ask you use Park School Carpark wherever possible.

Post Run Coffee

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