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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 Chilton Fields, Stowmarket. 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 Chilton Fields 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.
  • 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.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • 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 Chilton Fields 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

The course is 3 laps of mixed terrain. Each lap starting adjacent to the playing fields and goes outside the fields to follow a cycle path alongside a new housing development, and then past the Paupers’ Graves before looping back onto the playing fields.
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.


Children’s play area and outdoor fitness equipment.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts adjacent to the playing fields.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Bus service no 88 runs half hourly from Stowmarket market place. Journey is approx 10 mins to Kipling Way, close to the rugby club.

Train: Stowmarket train station is served by regular Greater Anglia trains between London, Ipswich and Norwich and between Cambridge and Ipswich. The station is approx 1.3 miles from Chilton Fields. Please follow directions on foot from the station.

Getting there on foot

From Stowmarket train station head along Station Road and straight over at the traffic lights (Gipping Way) and head up to the town centre. Straight on at the next traffic lights to Finborough Road. You will pass Iliffe Way (for the public car park behind Asda) on the left. Shortly after that at the pedestrian crossing turn half right to follow the cycle route NCN 51 diagonally across the park. Cross Recreation Road and continue along Chilton Ave. Turn right at Windermere Drive, then left into St Peter’s Road towards the leisure centre. Turn right along Gainsborough Road and then take the cycle path on the left at the end of the car park. This path comes out on Lowry Way, which you then follow to turn left on Chilton Way and the rugby club is the next turning on the right.

Getting there by road

There is no parking on site for parkrunners. Please walk or cycle to the event.
Ample town centre parking is available at Iliffe Way, 1 mile from the venue.
Please do not park at the Rugby Club.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at a local café - please come and join us!