The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Great Hollands Recreation Ground, Wokingham. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, trail 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 Bracknell 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 Bracknell 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

Two-lap clockwise course starting on the tarmac path level with the parallel bars next to the all-weather football pitches. Head towards the pavilion following the path to the left then join the woodchipped trail around the pavilion field. Follow trail round to the left then right up onto a small ridge and continue right back down towards the woods. At the corner of the fence follow trail to the left before turning right into the woods, then right again after 10 yards onto the start of the dog-leg. Follow the loop around and turn right at the top, 10 metres before the start of the dog-leg. Go straight on across the fire break to the tree stump, turn right and follow the trail downhill back to the bottom of the fire break and continue on the trail through the woods towards the car park. Veer right before the car park onto the pavilion field, follow the trail to the picnic area, turn right uphill and follow the path next to the pavilion. Turn left past the playground and head back towards the start along a short contraflow (always keep left on the contraflow). Follow the path back past the start, turn left on the grass before the first football pitch and keep on the grass between the pitch and treeline to the far corner, turn right back onto the trail beside the pitches. Follow the trail before drifting left at the basketball court and head towards the allotments. At the allotments continue on the trail around to the right and up towards the start and through the contraflow.
Repeat for a second lap then turn right onto the pavilion field to the finish.

Facilities

Toilets including disabled facilities, coffee shop with light refreshments, children’s play area, tennis courts (£), children’s paddling pool (summer only), picnic facilities and free parking.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on the tarmac path level with the parallel bars next to the all-weather football pitches.

Getting there by public transport

Bus 94 leaves Bracknell bus station (located next to Bracknell Train station) heading for Camberley. Get off at South Road bus stop on Nine Mile Ride.
Current bus timetables can be found on the First Group website.

Getting there on foot

Bracknell is made up of shared footpaths/bike routes. Follow the yellow route to Wooden Hill. This will bring you to the back of Great Hollands Recreation Ground. This is around 5k journey from the station.
Information on these routes can be found on the Bracknell Forest Council website.

Getting there by road

The postcode for sat nav is RG40 3EE. This will bring you to South Road. Although there are no parking restrictions on South Road, the council and private gardeners spend a great deal of time and money maintaining the area alongside South Road (it hosts one of the largest crematoriums in the area). PLEASE DO NOT PARK OR TURN ON THE GRASS VERGES ALONG THIS ROAD - DOING SO WILL THREATEN THE FUTURE OF OUR PARKRUN

We have arranged alternative parking at the Golden Retriever Pub (Nine Mile Ride, RG40 3DR) - you can cross the road and take the footpath which will bring you out at the top end of the park.

Alternatively you can park on Wooden Hill, which has no parking restrictions, postcode RG12 8DB. Please park considerately and remember this is a residential area.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Coffee Shop in the Pavilion - please come and join us!