The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Brierley Forest, Skegby Road, Huthwaite. The course is run on a mixture of firm gravel trail paths, tarmac paths and barked 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

Brierley Forest 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 Brierley Forest 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

An undulating two lap course set in the grounds of Brierley Forest Park. The course is clearly marked with directional arrows. The start is located close to the Brierley Forest Visitors Centre disabled access car park.

From the start, head North East for approximately 0.5KM. From there, arrows will direct you over the bridge and then right around the back of the pond. A left turn is made to the path between the pond and acorn sculpture to the wildflower meadow. Here you'll turn right and follow a slight incline up to Brierley Branch. From there a left turn is made onto an access road for approximately 250 metres before turning left again through a small S bend where a marshal will be present. Continue South West following the path towards the visitors centre getting to the second lap fork (Edward's Bench). Where the path bears left, taking you past the visitors centre and through the play park back onto the path adjacent from the start. Here you'll turn left and repeat the loop back to the fork following the path straight on for 150m to the finish towards the main carpark.


Brierley Café will be open from 9.00am on parkrun days. The Café will offer hot and cold drinks and cold foods. Hot foods are available from 10.30am. We’re hoping that in the future, once were up and running, Brierley Café will consider serving hot foods earlier. However, the café is completely voluntarily led and so this depends on extra hands becoming available.
Toilets with disabled access will also be available from 9.00am.
There are numerous Walking and Bike Trail routes suitable for all the family who wish to explore Brierley further. More information is available inside the visitor centre. There is a small children’s park close to the start with many adventure activities found around the park itself as well as lots of ducks on the pond!
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee (and cake) in Brierley Café. Please come and join us!

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts close to the Brierley Forest Visitors Centre disabled access car park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: StageCoach East Midlands provide two bus services which both pass the main entrance road.
There are two Number 1 services that run:
One runs every ten minutes through the village of Huthwaite from Huthwaite to Mansfield Woodhouse. The other runs hourly from Alfreton to Mansfield Woodhouse and vice versa stopping at a bus stop located directly at the top of Skegby Road. From Mansfield Woodhouse, the bus would arrive to Skegby Road for around 8.20 and from Alfreton around 8.30. From there it’s a short walk to the start.
Timetables and more information can be found on the East Midlands Trains website.

Getting there on foot

The park is accessible from 3 entrances: Teversal, Stanton Hill and through the Carsic Estate, Sutton in Ashfield. From these points there are short walks, all sign-posted, to the visitor’s centre, where the start is located. The main entrance is located on Skegby Road, from which the start point can clearly be seen.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is NG17 2PL

From town/city centre: From Sutton in Ashfield, head south-west onto Lammas Road. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Lamma Road/B6023. Exit the roundabout onto Lammas Road/B6023. Slight right to stay on the B6023. Continue forward at the traffic lights. Slight left onto Huthwaite Road/B6026. Continue on for 1 mile. Turn right onto Skegby Road.

From major motorway: M1, South Normanton, Junction 28. Take the A38 exit to A615/Derby/Matlock. At Pinxton interchange take the 1st exit onto Alfreton Road/A38. Continue forward onto the Alfreton Road/A38. At the traffic lights take the left exit onto Common Road/B6027. Continue forward over the first roundabout onto Common Road/B6027. At the next roundabout continue forward for 1 mile. At the traffic lights turn right onto Blackwell Road. Continue forward for 0.3 miles. Turn left onto Skegby Road just after the second zebra crossing.

Car parking is available and free of charge. Please be aware, as parkrunners we do not have priority over spaces, so please be courteous when parking, so that local park users may leave when they wish. There is an overspill car park area that can be used if required. If you are unsure of where to park, please ask. We encourage car-sharing as much as possible.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Brierley Forest Visitors Centre, Skegby Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 2PL - please come and join us!