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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 Chadderton Hall Park, Chadderton. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and compressed stone chip 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 Chadderton Hall 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.
  • There is an AED available at the Pavilion Cafe which is located near to the finish line.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Chadderton Hall 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

Starting opposite the courts, head towards the car park and turn right just before the barrier. Down the hill and turn right to follow the path around the perimeter of the park. DO NOT cross the bridges. Avoid the steps by taking the right turn and head for the slope. At the top of the slope, turn left into the ornamental gardens. Run around the outer path and back out into the park. BEWARE of other runners entering the gardens. Head for the archway (both paths are the same distance but stay off the grass!) and onto the main pathway. Take care over the 'sleeping policemen' (speed bumps) and pass either side of the barriers showing consideration to other runners and park users. Continue past the start onto the next lap. After you have completed 4 laps (been up the slope 4 times!), head to the finish on the left side of the path. Cross the line once and once only! Stay in order in the funnel - DO NOT leave the funnel until you have collected a finish token. EVERYBODY takes a token. If you don't want to be included in the results, that's fine - don't present a barcode to the scanner. DO NOT TAKE OUR TOKEN home! Please remember that everyone else has right of way at all times! Respect other runners and other park users at all times.

Facilities

Toilets are located at the side of the café but are maintained by the local authority.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts opposite the courts.

Getting there by public transport

Bus routes 58 and 59 stop on Middleton Road near Chadderton Hall Road. It is a short walk from there to the park. The nearest rail station is Mills Hill. From the station, you can catch the 58 or 59 to the venue. Timetables available through the Transport for Greater Manchester website.

Getting there on foot

From Mills Hill station, head towards Oldham/Royton/Chadderton along Middleton Road. Bear left onto Haigh Lane. Continue along this road until it merges with Chadderton Hall Road. The Pavilion Café is located in the park with access from the main road.

Getting there by road

The main car park is located at sat nav: OL1 2TL but there is limited room for only 15 cars. There is space to park along the main road next to the café or in the surrounding streets. Please park responsibly on side streets in the area ensuring you don't block access to people’s properties. Where possible, please car share or consider using public transport. From the bus stop or the station to the venue is a nice little warm up.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Pavilion Café - please come and join us!