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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 at Brixworth Country Park, Northampton. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and trail 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 Brixworth Country 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.
  • 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 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 Brixworth Country 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 an out and back course along the shore of Pitsford reservoir, with the return leg taking you through the country park and up a couple of cheeky hills.
Starting near the car park, head past the playpark, left and left again onto the reservoir track. Keeping to the right as you will meet parkrunners coming the other way, you’ll soon reach the turning point. On the way back, bear right (marshalled) into the country park; follow the signs and marshals until you reach the finish which is by the start.

Facilities

There are toilet facilities in the country park.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts in the field below the overflow car park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Take the Stagecoach X7 which links Northampton and Market Harborough. Alight at the Brixworth Hill Farm stop, walk through the Saxon Rise estate to the A508, cross the road then follow the tourist signs to the country park.

Train: The nearest stations are Northampton and Market Harborough.

Getting there on foot

From Brixworth, walk through the Saxon Rise estate to the A508, cross over then follow the tourist signs for the country park.

From Pitsford, follow Grange Lane past the water treatment works until you reach the reservoir. Turn left onto the reservoir track, follow this across the dam and past the sailing club, and when you reach the playpark turn left for the start.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is NN6 9DG.
From the A508 roundabout at the southern end of Brixworth, follow the brown and white signs for the country park.

Parking at the country park is £3.20 for 4 hours, by card or cash (no notes and no change given). Alternatively, annual season tickets are available here.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Willow Tree cafe which offers a 15% discount with your parkrun barcode - please come and join us!