The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Crane Park, TW13 5QX, and run on gravel and paved footpaths,. 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 Crane Park 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 Crane Park 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


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Course Description

The course, flat and fast, starts by the childrens playground on the Twickenham/Richmond side of the park just off the A316. The course heads through a woods following a gravel footpath. Shortly after completing the 1st Km, you hit the A314, Hanworth Road. At the road take a right and run a short distance along the footpath, over the river before taking a further right to take you back into the park on the other side of the river. At the 2nd km you run past the finish line on your left hand side. Keep following the path and eventually you get to the A316. Go through the gate, out of the park and make a further right hand turn, head across the river once more before making a another right hand turn back into the park. You will then go across the start line which is at 3 kms. You follow the course, as above running a further 2 kilometers back round to the finish.

Facilities

Getting There

Location of start

In Crane Park, just off the A316 Chertsey Road by the Hospital Bridge Roundabout. The Start is just north of the A316 on the Twickenham/Richmond Side of the River by the Childrens Playground.

Getting there by public transport

The nearest train station is Whitton (South West Trains). From the station head towards the A316. When you reach the A316 turn right and the start is about a 1 mile walk and can be found just after you cross over the Hospital Bridge Roundabout junction.

Getting there on foot

The park is easily accessible by both foot and cycle. The footpath also doubles up as a cycle path. Please be aware that when cycling through the park pedestrians have right of way

Getting there by road

There is no public car park and parking is very limited in the area. Please try to arrive by public transport, cycle or walk. If you have to drive the best option is to park in Meadway, near Kneller Gardens. You can then get to the start by running through the park and along the river.(approx 1KM)

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local cafe. Do let us know if you have a suggestion for a regular cafe, and - please come and join us.