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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Braunstone Park, and run on almost entirely concrete 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 Braunstone 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 Braunstone 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

The run starts on the grass between Gooding Avenue and Braunstone Hall with two clock-wise laps. There is short section of grass at the start, and a short section of grass at the finish. The remainder of the route is run on paths within the park.
The first lap starts in an easterly direction before turning right and joins the path from the main entrance to the park with a right turn, followed by a left turn.
A long downhill straight, followed by a right turn past the skate park, round to the two small lakes.
After the second lake turn left diagonally across the car park, turning right to rejoin the path. After 100 yards turn right at the first bridge.
Follow the path up the hill between the trees and then turn left after the hedge, and after a short distance the path joins the main lap.
The second lap follows the same route, except you turn right at the third bridge after the car park where the finish will be in sight up a short grass hill.

Facilities

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the grass section between Braunstone Hall and the Leisure Centre.

Getting there by public transport

From City Centre at St. Margaret’s Bus Station (Belgrave Gate) take Bus Number 158 (Leicester - Hinckley Route) and get off at the stop outside Braunstone Leisure Centre.

Getting there on foot

From Leicester city centre, head for the Holiday Inn at St Nicholas Circle, and then head up Hinckley Road / A47 for a couple of miles until you reach the Leisure Centre.
From there, follow the pavement on Gooding Avenue. There are a number of entrances in to the park on the right hand side. Take any of these and you will see the start and congregation area.

Getting there by road

From Leicester city centre, at the Holiday Inn roundabout take directions signposted Hinckley A47 out of Leicester. Approximately 2 miles on the left (after the bridge) you will see Braunstone Leisure Centre. Take the left immediately after the railings and park in leisure centre car park.
The postcode for the Leisure Centre is LE3 1JN.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at a coffee van by the finish area where you can get a drink to warm up or cool down. Or some of our runners grab a post parkrun coffee at the Braunstone Leisure Centre Cafe - please come and join us.