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The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in The course is in Bedfont Lakes country Park. The course is run entirely on well prepared tracks . 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 Bedfont Lakes 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 Bedfont Lakes parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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 DescriptionThe course consists of two laps around Bedfont Lakes Country Park; one shorter lap and one slightly longer.
Facilities include a Visitor Centre and Toilets near the Clockhouse Lane entrance. The visitor centre has information about other attractions in the park such as nature reserve, trim trail and fishing lake.
Car Parking:There are car parks at the Bedfont Road entrance and also at the Clockhouse Lane entrance.
IMPORTANT: PLEASE USE THE BEDFONT ROAD CAR PARK AS YOUR FIRST CHOICE. Parking is extremely limited at the Clockhouse Lane car park and the Park Rangers will not tolerate any parking outside of the normal spaces. Thank you for help - it is much appreciated.
Location of startThe meeting point and start is adjacent to the Country Park's Clockhouse Lane Car Park
Getting there by public transport
Bus: Route H26 runs between Feltham, Sparrow Farm and Hatton Cross Underground Station. Bedfont Lakes (Bedfont Road Entrance) is on the route.
Route 116 operates between Hounslow Bus Station and Ashford Hospital. Alight at Bedfont Green. The park is a short walk from there.
Tube: Take the Piccadilly Line to Hatton Cross and then catch the H26 bus.
Train: Alight at Feltham Station and then catch the H26 bus.
From Heathrow Airport Terminals: Take the Piccadilly Line Tube to Hatton Cross and then catch the H26 bus. Bedfont Lakes (Bedfont Road Entrance) is on the H26 bus route.
Getting there on foot
Bedfont Lakes Country park is accessible on foot from Bedfont Road or Clockhouse Lane.
We strongly advise that you do not arrive by foot if you are coming from Ashford along the B3003 (Clockhouse Lane) - there is no footpath on the bridge over the railway (just to the south of the Princes Club and the run), and it is extremely dangerous for pedestrians. If you are arriving by bike, please take care as you cross the bridge.
Getting there by road
From Central London: Leave the M4 at Junction 3 and take the A312 going south. Drive straight over the A4 and at the A30 turn right. Keep on the A30, past Hatton Cross tube on your right and over another set of traffic lights until you come to a roundabout. The Bedfont Road entrance can be reached by taking the second exit off the roundabout. The start is an easy 800m jog from the Bedfont Road entrance.
Travelling from the South, West and North: Leave the M25 at Junction 13 and take the A30 towards Central London. Pass through the Crooked Billet traffic light complex and then over another set of traffic lights by Ashford Hospital. Still on the A30 you come to the roundabout where you should take the third exit into Bedfont Road. The start is an easy 800m jog from the Bedfont Road entrance.