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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Cannock Chase, Cannock. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, trail paths and 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 Cannock Chase 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 Cannock Chase 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 is a 5000m (5K) mixed terrain (tarmac and trail) slightly undulating route based at Marquis Drive, Cannock Chase. The route comprises a single clockwise circuit which starts with an inner loop middle section before continuing on to a longer outer loop. The route starts off heading in a South-West direction. The first section is a wide smooth tarmac surface. Turning right you will begin heading towards more trail tracks through trees. A short downhill precedes a small incline before you complete the inner loop and head back to the smooth tarmac path. Continue on from this along marked trail tracks through the Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) until returning to the now familiar downhill-incline-tarmacked area section. The finish is near at this point ? one final left turn before filtering onto the grass section to the finish line

Facilities

Free Parking is available, there is also a pay and display car park charges £1.00 for 3 Hours and £2.00 thereafter.
Public Toilets are available and located by the Café.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at Cannock Chase Visitor Centre at Marquis Drive.

Getting there by public transport

Access by public transport is limited No 63 bus from Cannock or Rugeley stations stops along the Rugeley Road which will leaves a short walk to the start line. This service runs every 30 Mins.

Getting there on foot

The Park is located in the Cannock Chase AONB and is accessible by foot or Cycle. The Park is located at the Start of the Cannock Chase Sherbrook Trail Cycle route which can be found on the Chase Trails Website.

Getting there by road

Cannock Chase parkrun is located at the Cannock Chase Visitor Centre at Marquis Drive.
Post Code: WS12 4PW:
Map cords
Latitude 52.73745 Longitude -1.99539
Entrance to the Free parking areas should be via the North entrance on Marquis drive, for the Visitor Centre Pay and Display car park entrance can be made by the South side as well, off the Brindley Heath Road
From Stafford: 9 Miles
Take the A34 Cannock Road heading towards Cannock, at the Pottal Pool island turn left and follow the signs for Cannock Chase AONB, continue along Broadhurst Green Road for 1.8 miles and turn Right onto Marquis Drive, continue for 0.5 miles over the cross roads where you will now be at the entrance to the Visitor Centre North Side
From Cannock: 4 Miles
Take the A34 Stafford Road heading towards Stafford, at the Pottal Pool island turn right and follow the signs for Cannock Chase AONB, continue along Broadhurst Green Road for 1.8 miles and turn Right onto Marquis Drive, continue for 0.5 miles over the cross roads where you will now be at the entrance to the Visitor Centre North Side
From Rugeley: 4 Miles
Head along the A51 towards Stafford turning left at the Traffic lights onto Hagley Road. Continue up Hagley Road and then onto Penkridge Bank Road. Continue along Penkridge Bank Road and then turn left at the sign for Birches Valley Forest Centre. Continue along Birches Valley Road and then turn left onto Marquis Drive sign posted Hednesford 2 miles. Continue for a short distance before branching left into the marquis drive Park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Cannock Chase Visitor Centre Café - please come and join us!