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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds. The course is run on a mixture of broad grass track and woodland trail. 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 Bury St Edmunds 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 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 Bury St Edmunds 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 run will consist of two loops. We start on the grassy area immediately behind the visitors centre, heading up a gentle incline parallel to the park’s picturesque lime avenue. At the top of the hill, we turn left and up a broad grassy track toward woodland on the right. The run continues in a broad clockwise sweep around the woodland. At the “Woodhenge” sculpture, the route swings to the right, now following an anticlockwise sweep until we pass meadow pond. The route then swings to the left, passing anticlockwise around a wooded coppice before entering the woodland trail. When we meet a track with a gate on the right, we turn left, leaving the woodland, but following its boundary, keeping it to our right. We head down hill toward the all weather pitches, passing anticlockwise around them to complete the first lap. The second loop follows the same route as the first, finishing on the grassy area behind the visitors centre.


  • Please note that following heavy rain, parts of the course may be muddy and slippery, so please use appropriate off road running shoes. There can also be exposed tree roots along the woodland trail, so be careful to look out for these.
  • Car parking at Nowton Park costs £1 for up to 2 hours. If you plan to attend our run regularly, an annual parking permit can be purchased for £15 from St Edmundsbury Borough Council.
  • Refreshments are available from the Nowton Cafe, which can be found in the Nowton Park Centre.
  • Toilets are available in the Nowton Park Centre.

Getting There

Location of start

From the car park, head toward the visitor centre and then follow the path running to the left of the centre and over a bridge. You will see the start toward your right.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The nearest bus stop is in Mayfield Terrace, 200 metres from the park entrance. This can be reached from either the railway station or bus station using Breeze route 1. Mullys routes M11 or M22 can also be used from the bus station. Please check the timetables online.

Train: The station is 2.3 miles away on the opposite side of town. Take the Breeze route 1 bus from the station.

Getting there on foot

The park is 1.5 miles from the centre of Bury St Edmunds. Please consult local maps to plan your route.

Getting there by road

From A14: Leave A14 at junction 44 and head toward town centre. Take second exit at first and second roundabouts and first exit at third roundabout into Nowton Road. Continue on this road until you come to the park entrance on your left.
The postcode for navigation is IP29 5LU.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Nowton Cafe, which can be found in the Nowton Park Centre - please come and join us!