The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Dinton Pastures Country Park, Wokingham. The course is run on a mixture of gravel paths 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 Dinton Pastures 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 Dinton Pastures 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 Dinton Pastures parkrun route is a 2-lap course on the west side of the park. It starts at the bottom corner of White Swan Lake by the gate to a car parking area and a path accessing the main lake. The first lap runs anticlockwise around White Swan Lake, taking in Tufty’s Corner, and the second lap runs around the west side of Black Swan Lake until the path to the bird hide, which you take around Herons Water until the top of White Swan Lake, which you then follow around (bypassing Tufty’s Corner) until the start. The footpath is mostly compacted gravel and very flat and in dry weather regular road running shoes will suffice. If it has been raining recently the paths will have puddles and areas of the course can get muddy and potentially slippery so, if you have them, trail shoes would be better.

Facilities

In addition to the café, there is also a large children’s play area near the start/finish area and lots to do in the park itself. See website www.dinton-pastures.co.uk for more information.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the bottom corner of White Swan Lake by the gate to a car parking area and a path accessing the main lake.

Getting there by public transport

By bus:Bus 128 between Reading and Wokingham runs every hour and stops at Winnersh crossroads. Travel north up Robinhood Lane (B3030) and follow the on-foot directions.
By train:The nearest train station is at Winnersh, which is a 2km walk from the Park. Walk out of the station and turn left, and follow the on-foot directions.

Getting there on foot

There are many entrances into Dinton Pastures that can be accessed on foot or by bike, but the main entrance is on the B3030 between the Winnersh crossroads and Twyford. Travel north up Robinhood Lane (B3030), cross over the motorway and you will see the entrance to Dinton Pastures sign-posted on your left. Follow the road into the main car park.

Getting there by road

From junction 10 M4, take the A329(M) towards Reading. After one mile follow signs to Winnersh on the A329. After just over a mile turn left at Winnersh crossroads onto the B3030 to Twyford. The park is sign-posted on the left after 1.5km. The postcode is RG10 0TH. Access is also possible from Woodley via Sandford Lane but this is a narrow/single lane carriageway which is prone to flooding. The use of Wokingham Road is recommended. Car parking charges at weekends are £1.50 per hour (up to a maximum of 4 hours) and £6 for more than four hours. Please do not park on roads outside the park as you may be liable to a fine or clamping.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Dragonfly Café - please come and join us!