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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Loughborough Rugby Club, Dishley, Loughborough. The course is run on a mixture of trail 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 Dishley parkrun, Loughborough 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.
  • 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 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 Dishley parkrun, Loughborough 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 flat, rural grass and trail course taking in two laps of the perimeter of the playing fields split by a snaking loop along footpaths and the River Soar towpath. The course starts at the southern edge of the playing fields near the end of the rugby pitches and finishes at the rugby club next to the main parking - around 250m from the start. The course consists of soft grass and earth paths, and is likely to have some muddy areas especially after rain, so we recommend using trail shoes. The course crosses Black Brook over a narrow bridge with a metalled surface, please take care there. Part of the route uses the beautiful River Soar towpath, take care along this section and please share the space with other river users. There is short stretch designated as ‘No overtaking’. In the event of contact with the water please be aware of the NHS advice regarding Leptospirosis (Weils’ Disease) by visiting the following website
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.


There are toilets at the rugby club.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the southern edge of the playing fields near the end of the rugby pitches.

Getting there by public transport

Train: The nearest railway station is in Loughborough, about two miles away. From the station turn right onto Station Boulevard, left onto Meadow Lane, then right onto Belton Road. After around half a mile, turn right onto Belton Road West Extension and walk to the end at Bishop Meadow Road after 1km. Turn left then immediately right onto Weldon Road, past Go Outdoors, then right. Then turn right along Cotton Way - follow the directions given for driving.

Bus: The Skyline service runs along the A6 serving Leicester, Birtsall, Loughborough, Hathern and Kegworth. The service departs from Loughborough High Street at 8.19 and 8.39am. The nearest stop to the rugby club is Pear Tree View (both directions). There is a pedestrian crossing near to the stop.

Getting there on foot

The Rugby Club can be accessed on foot:
* From Dishley residential estate by walking alongside Black Brook on the shared use tarmac path passing underneath the A6, then over the small footbridge.
* From the Bishop Meadow/Weldon Road Ind. Est. by following the driving directions, along Weldon Road and Cotton Way. Take care along Cotton Way as this is the vehicle access to the main event parking.
* From the Pear Tree View bus stop, use the pedestrian crossing to cross the A6, then walk on the shared use path alongside the A6 and take the footpath accessed from the entrance to the golf complex.
* From Loughborough train station: From the station turn right onto Station Boulevard, left onto Meadow Lane, then right onto Belton Road. After around half a mile turn right onto Belton Road West Extension and walk to the end at Bishop Meadow Road after 1km. Turn left then immediately right onto Weldon Road, past Go Outdoors, then right. Then turn right along Cotton Way - follow the directions given for driving.
* From the Dishley Pool / River area, follow the footpaths alongside Black Brook used on the route. Black Brook can be crossed at the river, or using the two pedestrian bridges alongside Dishley Pool.

Getting there by road

The only access to the event HQ at the rugby club is off Cotton Way which is accessed through the Bishop Meadow/Weldon Road Industrial Estate (there is no access directly off the A6). If using SatNav postcode is LE11 5FJ.

The nearest motorway junction is M1 J23, Loughborough - follow the A512 towards L’boro, then the A6004 ring road in the Derby/Nottingham direction.

From Bishop Meadow Roundabout: From the A6, or Warwick Road, take Bishop Meadow Road from the Bishop Meadow Roundabout - following signs for Bishops Meadow Ind. Est. Shortly take first left on to Weldon Road just before Go Outdoors, then turn right just past the far end of Go Outdoors car park. Almost immediately take the first left onto Cotton Way, following signs for Derby Road Playing Fields. The road then bears round to the right where you reach the car park.

From Belton Road West Extension: Turn left at the mini-roundabout onto Bishop Meadow Road then almost immediately left onto Weldon Road, just past Go Outdoors, and then follow the directions above.

Do not drive over the bridge unless you are instructed to do so by a marshal.

The main car parking is on Cotton Way opposite the cricket pitches. Cotton Way itself is narrow so please do not park on the road, as at best this will increase congestion, and at worse may impede emergency services. There is also some on-road unrestricted parking on the Dishley residential estate, but please show due consideration to residents. From the Dishley estate,the event can be accessed by walking on the tarmac path alongside the brook and using the A6 underpass. There is no event parking at the golf complex, and parking at the rugby club itself is reserved for volunteers.

To reach the rugby club from the car park, you walk over the bridge and then follow the track round to the left

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Loughborough Rugby Club - please come and join us!