The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Countryside Park, Brundall. The course is run entirely on 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 Brundall 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 Brundall 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

The course has been created on virgin agricultural land as part of the new Brundall Countryside Park. It follows wide grass tracks around and through a plantation of 2000 trees that, on maturity, will form a community woodland. It circles round the edge of a new apple orchard and 5 acres of hedged-in allotments. It has been designed primarily to encourage local people to discover the joys of parkrunning. The course is compact and gently undulating through four laps.

The course starts in an open area near the car park at the northern edge of the Park. It heads in a clockwise direction to the south eastern corner and then follows the railway track until runners turn right keeping to the eastern edge of Central Avenue. Towards the top, they take a sharp turn down the right-hand side of The Ride between two areas of woodland. At the bottom they make a 180-degree turn and come back up the northerly edge of The Ride. At the top runners turn sharp left back onto Central Avenue, running downhill along the western edge with the allotments on their right. At the bottom they turn right, following the railway line again until, in the south western corner they follow the allotment fence up a challenging incline (known as ‘The Travelator’) under mature trees. Turning right at the top, it is a gentle downhill all the way back to the start along the northern and eastern edges of the Park. On the last lap, runners, as they pass the gate to the allotments, are directed to the finish in an open area at the top of Central Avenue.

Facilities

There is a toilet on site located just inside the allotment area and there is disabled access to it.

There are 50 car parking spaces available at the Countryside Park, which should be adequate for most occasions. On days when we expect a large number of visiting parkrunners, we ask that people use alternative parking at The Ram Inn, which is a 5-10 minute walk from the park. The address for The Ram is 108 The Street, Brundall, NR13 5LP. To then get to the park turn right out of the Ram and where the main road bends to the right take the left fork marked Postwick Lane. The park can be found on the left hand side of the road after approximately 500 metres.
Alternatively, please park safely on the roadside within the main body of the village. There is no roadside parking in the immediate vicinity of the Countryside Park, and the two cul-de-sacs nearby (West End Avenue and Laurel Drive) are private roads and should not be entered. Do not park on the road outside the park.

Children are welcome on site.

Dogs should be kept on leads, but are welcome - please use the red bin for waste disposal.

Getting There

Location of start

The runs starts in an open area near the car park at the northern edge of the Park.

Getting there by public transport

Train: The nearest train station is Brundall Gardens and is located adjacent to the Countryside Park. Please see the Abellio Greater Anglia website for train times.
Not all Wherry Line trains stop at Brundall Gardens, in which case use Brundall Station as an alternative.

Train: Bus routes 15 & 15A operated by First Bus. Please see the First Group website for details.
Bus route 52 operated by Konect Bus. Please see the Konect Bus website for details.
Nearest stop for all routes is Cucumber Lane/Holmesdale Road or The Street/Chancel Close.

Getting there on foot

From the bus stop outside Budgens proceed towards Norwich, passing Brundall Motor Company garage on your right. At the bend in the road take the left turning in to Postwick Lane, continuing for 500 yards and the Countryside Park can be found on the left hand side just past West End Avenue.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV the nearest postcode is NR13 5RF.

For traffic flow purposes please follow these directions only:
From Norwich/West exit A47 at the Postwick junction, signposted Norwich N+E, Broadland Business Park. At the top of the slip road take the 4th exit back over the A47 and take the first left at the roundabout. Proceed to the end of the road and turn right on to Brundall Low Road, signposted Postwick and Witton (South). The Countrytside Park can be found after 1.2 miles on your right hand side.
From Great Yarmouth/East exit A47 at the Postwick junction, signposted Norwich N+E and Cromer. Take the first left on to Brundall Low Road, signposted Postwick and South Witton. The Countryside Park can be found after 1.2 miles on your right hand side.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at our onsite coffee stall provided by Yare Valley Churches - please come and join us!