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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Daventry Country Park, Daventry. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, shale paths, mud 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 Daventry 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.
  • 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.
  • You are welcome to take part with a dog, but please keep the dog on a short lead or short 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 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 Daventry 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

A fairly flat off road, multi-terrain course, starting on hard Tarmac paths but leading on to shale paths and finishing on grass.

The route consists of one lap of the Daventry Country Park in an anti-clockwise direction.

The course starts on the old disused railway, which is located just off the Welton Road at the ICON Innovation Centre roundabout (a short distance from Daventry Leisure Centre).

The start consists of a gradual incline heading North and then after approximately 400m drops down a dirt path, turning right at the bottom towards the Country Park. The route goes under a subway and through a gate into the meadow. Following the shale path right, the route leads out of the meadow through two weighted gates (held open by marshals) into the main part of the Country Park and picks up the perimeter path, heading in an anti-clockwise direction.

After one full lap of the park, the route starts on a second lap, but on reaching the most southern tip of the park there is a sharp turn right (marshalled) up a concrete path out of the park towards the Northern Way. The route then passes under the subway towards Welton Road (behind the ICON Innovation Centre). Staying on the path the route leads up towards the access point Eastern Way Playing Field to the finish.

Runners with trail shoes might want to use them after prolonged spells of rainy weather. It gets very muddy out on our course.

Facilities

There are toilets and changing facilities close to the start and finish at Daventry Leisure Centre (approx 300m away).

PARKING: The nearest carpark is at the Leisure Centre. There are plenty of other car parks in Daventry (https://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/business/parking/parking-in-daventry-town-centre/) but please ensure you leave yourself time to walk to the start.
PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON FALCOLNERS CLOSE OR AT THE ICON CENTRE.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the disused railway, located off the Welton Road at the ICON Innovation Centre roundabout.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Regular bus services run to and from the town centre bus station providing strong links with the local area and surrounding region. For further information on bus routes and timetables please visit the Daventry District Council website.

Train: Long Buckby station is situated 3 miles from Daventry town centre. Long Buckby has a regular train service run by London Midland, at least hourly, throughout the day to Northampton and London, and to Rugby and Euston. A slightly more limited service runs at the weekend. Visit the National Rail website for timetables. Transfer is by Taxi.

Getting there on foot

Daventry Country Park is a popular Green Flag Award winning park ideally situated in the urban fringe of Daventry within 1 mile of the town centre on the A425, Northern Way, and is easily accessible by car, cycle and foot. Daventry benefits from numerous footpaths from the residential areas and the town is on National Cycle Network Route 50.

From the car parks the start is a short distance away. Take the subway near the Welton Road Undercroft Car Park, which leads to the ICON Innovation Centre under Eastern Way. On approaching the rear of the ICON Innovation Centre, cross the road (Welton Road) and turn right. You will see a concrete path (old disused railway) in front of you that leads uphill into the trees. The start is approx 40m up the path.

From the West (Ashby Road/Braunston Road): Follow the pathway along the A4256 Eastern Way, heading towards the back of the ICON Innovation Centre. Cross the Welton Road. You will then see the concrete path (old disused railway) leading into the trees. The start is approx 40m up the path.

From the East (North edge of Southbrook/Norton): Take the subway under the B4036 Eastern Way towards the country park. Turn left and head towards the Northern way (A425) subway towards Welton Road. At the end of the path, cross Welton Road. You will then see the concrete path (old disused railway) leading into the trees. The start is approx 40m up the path.

From the South (Town Centre/Bus Station): From the Bus Station Turn right downhill on to the B4036. At the bottom of the hill turn left on to Lodge Road, going past Daventry Leisure Centre (left) and the Council Offices (right). On reaching the Council Offices car park turn right and go through the car park. On reaching the underground carpark on Welton Road turn left under the subway. Follow the path and pass by the ICON Innovation Centre for approx 50m and then cross the Welton Road. You will then see the concrete path (old disused railway) leading into the trees. The start is approx 40m up the path.

From the North (Ashby Fields/Lang Farm): Take the disused pathway (the pedestrian path that follows the Northern Way which follows the A425 (Northern Way) towards the town centre. The start location is on the old disused pathway approx 40m from Welton Road.

Getting there by road

Daventry is near the M1 motorway with access to two junctions: 18 to the northeast and 16 to the southeast of the town.
Access to the town is from junction 16 of the M1 via the A45 which forms a ring road to the south and west bypassing the town centre, and junction 18 via a short stretch of the A5 to the northern end of the very long A361.

Daventry can also be accessed from the south west via junction 11 of the M40 along the A361.

The nearest postcode is Northern Way, Daventry, NN11 2JB

PARKING: The nearest carpark is at the Leisure Centre. There are plenty of other car parks in Daventry (https://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/business/parking/parking-in-daventry-town-centre/) but please ensure you leave yourself time to walk to the start.
PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON FALCOLNERS CLOSE OR AT THE ICON CENTRE.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Leisure Lakes Bikes in the Abbey Retail Park, South Way, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 4GL (just across the road from the leisure centre). There's cake and they offer a parkrun discount - please come and join us!