The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Crane Park,TW13 5JN, 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

Crane Park parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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 care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

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 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, flat and fast, starts about 20m back from the picnic benches by the river (about 850m further into the park from the original start by the playground). You run from the start on the path (a mix of gravel, tarmac and dirt) through the woods, past the children's playground on the left and up to the A316. You then turn left and run a short distance along the footpath on the A316 before turning back into the park to the left. You then follow the path around all the way past the Shot Tower on the left and keep going to exit the path onto the Hanworth Road. You turn left out of the park, run a short distance along the footpath and then turn left back into the park. You then run down the park path and you'll come back to the start. From here it's back along the same route, round to the Shot Tower again where the new finish is. When you come up to the Shot Tower you head off to the left slightly and the finish is on the grassy area about 50m from the Shot Tower.

PLEASE NOTE that dogs are not allowed at this event.


Getting There

Location of start

In Crane Park, off the A316 Chertsey Road by the Hospital Bridge Roundabout. The start is north of the A316 on the Twickenham/Richmond side of the river about 850m further into the park from the children's playground, 20m past the picnic benches which are your right, as you come in from the A316 end.

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.
The best option for parking is 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 - please come and join us!