The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Coldham’s Common, Cambridge. 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 Coldham’s Common 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.
  • 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Coldham’s Common 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 5000m long and consists of two laps. It runs around the edge of playing fields and uses two areas, connected through a 5-bar gate. The course is flat and the surface is grass.

Facilities

Toilets are available courtesy of the Abbey Leisure Complex adjacent to the finish. They are accessible through its back entrance doors opposite the astroturf pitches, not through the main entrance.
Other facilities include a children’s play area, a BMX park and a refreshment van.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at Coldham's Common.

Getting there by public transport

Train: 33 min walk from Cambridge train station and 40 min walk from Cambridge North train station.

Bus: the nearest bus stop is on Stanesfield Road which is a 5 min walk from the start. It is served by the Citi 3 bus which can be boarded at Cambridge train station and in Central Cambridge.

Getting there on foot

From Whitehill Road: Turn into Pool Way, past the swimming pool and over the bridge onto the playing fields. The start will be visible on the left.

From Stanesfield Road bus stop: Proceed south on Whitehill Rd and follow the instructions above.

From Cambridge railway station: Proceed north and turn right onto Devonshire Rd, right at Mill Rd, then left onto Sedgwick Rd onto Cromwell Rd, and then across Coldham’s Lane into Coldham’s Common and follow signs for Abbey Pool.

From Barnwell Road: Enter the Common opposite the small parade of shops and cross the dog walking field to the playing fields, the start is on the right of this field.

From Coldham’s Lane: Enter the Common opposite Cromwell Rd, follow the path over the footbridge and the start is the opposite side of the playing fields. From Cambridge Retail Park (P&R bus stop): head into the Retail Park and turn right to reach Coldham’s Lane. After 300m at the traffic lights cross to enter Coldham’s Common and follow signs for Abbey Pool.

Getting there by road

To Abbey Leisure Complex car park: if using SATNAV the nearest postcode is CB5 8NT.

We recommend travel to the course by foot, bicycle or bus. There is bike parking at Abbey Leisure Complex near the start. There is very limited car parking at Abbey Leisure Complex. Car parking is also available at the Tesco Newmarket Rd and Sainsburys Brooks Rd supermarkets if you will be a customer at these stores. The nearest Park & Ride parking is on Newmarket Rd and the bus service runs every 10 minutes taking less than 10 mins to reach Cambridge Retail Park which is a 19 min walk to the start. The Park & Ride is only a 1.8 miles, a 30 minute walk to the start.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the refreshment van - please come and join us!