The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at UEA Colney Lane Playing Fields, University of East Anglia, Colney Lane, Norwich. The course is run on a mixture of grass and trail 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 Colney Lane 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 for further details.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Colney Lane 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 starts and finishes at the Colney Lane Sports Pavilion. Runners start by completing a short loop on the grass playing fields before heading out on to a two-lap clockwise course of grass and trail paths, finishing back at the Sports Pavilion.


Toilets, changing rooms and showers are available at the Colney Lane Sports Pavilion.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the Colney Lane Sports Pavilion.

Getting there by public transport

Please check for help in planning journeys via public transport.

The nearest train station is Norwich.

From Norwich City Centre
Bus number 26 runs from Norwich City Centre to the Norwich Research Park, via UEA.
Bus number 25 (The Blue Line) also runs from Norwich City Centre to Chancellors Drive, University of East Anglia. The Colney Lane Sports Pavilion is a 15-20 minutes walk from there.
Bus numbers 11/12 (The Pink Line) run from Norwich City Centre (St Stephens Street Stop BR) to the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital. The Colney Lane Sports Pavilion is approximately 15 minutes on foot from there.

Getting there on foot

At the bottom of the Triangle Car Park, a path leads to the playing fields and the start area, approximately 5 minutes’ walk.

If coming from the main campus at UEA, walk westwards down Chancellors Drive, continue straight on at the mini roundabout and follow the path for 400m to the playing fields and start area.

Getting there by road

The parkrun is west of Norwich with main road links being the A11, the A47 and the A140. If using SATNAV, the postcode is: NR4 7GJ, which will take you to the Triangle Car Park.

From the A11: join the A47 at the Thickthorn A47/A11 junction, then follow the directions below.

From the A47: take the B1108 (Watton Road) towards Norwich. At the second set of traffic lights, turn right into Colney Lane (signposted ‘Norwich Research Park/Hospital’). Turn left at the first set of traffic lights in to “Norwich Research Park Zone 1”. Continue straight on for 250m to get to the Triangle Car Park.

Travelling from Norwich and North Norfolk: follow road signs for the UEA and Hospital (B1108). If coming from the city centre, continue past the UEA on Earlham Road and continue on to Watton Road. At the traffic lights, turn left in to Colney Lane (signposted ‘Norwich Research Park/Hospital’). Turn left at the first traffic lights in to “Norwich Research Park Zone 1”. Follow signs to the Triangle Car Park.

A path at the bottom of the car park leads you to the start, which is approximately 5 minutes’ walk away.

Parking at the Triangle Car Park is free. It's approximately five minutes' walk from the start. If using SATNAV, the postcode is NR4 7GJ.

Please do not try to park at the Colney Lane Sports Pavilion itself, as the small car park is for marshals and blue badge holders only.
Please also refrain from parking on Colney Lane to avoid impeding ambulance access to and from the hospital.

Post Run Coffee

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