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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at The Dell Stadium, Brierley Hill. The course is run on a mixture of running track , tarmac paths, canal towpaths 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 Dudley 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.
  • 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.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event due to the small section along the canal where people could trip.
  • The course is unsuitable for buggies as there is a wooded section.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Dudley 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 run starts with two laps of the athletics track, after which you will follow the signs and marshal’s out of the stadium and onto the park where you will run through the Green gym equipment and out towards the canal towpath. After following the path running alongside the astro turf football pitch you will continue straight, taking the path up onto the canal.

Once at the top of the path you will be directed right by a Marshall and run along the Stourbridge canal for three quarters of a mile, taking in the industrial factories to the left and right before turning right onto Foots Hole grassland, where you will run for just over 1 mile over varying trail and gravel paths as well running across the old freight railway.

Once through Foots Hole Grassland you will be back on the Stourbridge canal where you will be directed left by a Marshall back onto the left hand track which takes you back alongside the astro Turf and back into the stadium.

The Run will finish with two laps of the track, with finishing runners filtered to the right hand side of the track after the final 100m sprint finish!

Ths is a no dog event due to the small section along the canal where people could trip. It is also unsuitable for buggies as there is a wooded section.

Facilities

The Dell Stadium is the firmly established council's premier outdoor sports venue. It boasts a range of facilities that can accommodate local and regional events.
There are male, female and disabled toilets on site. There is a car park with 120 spaces onsite and x 3 spaces for coaches. There is additional overspill car parking on Bryce Road as well as limited spaces on the children’s play area car park, which is on the corner of Bryce Road opposite the traffic lights.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at The Dell Stadium.

Getting there by public transport

Train: The nearest train stations to the Dell Stadium are Lye Station, which is 3 miles away, and Stourbridge Town Centre, which is 3.5 miles away.

Bus: From Dudley Bus Station Take the number 226 towards Merry Hill via Kingswinford, Ashwood Park. The Dell Stadium is a 5 minute walk from the Rookery Park Lane stop (opposite Bromley Lane).
From The Merry Hill centre the following buses will take you near to the Dell stadium with a 10-12 minuite walk to get to the location ? 222,297,251,255,226

Detailed routes and timings of routes can be found on the network west midlands website. This includes routes from Birmingham.

Getting there on foot

Walking from Merry Hill Centre will take on average 30 minutes. We advise that looking up the route via route planner online is essential if the local area is not known and if wishing to walk from further areas further afield, such as Dudley and Birmingham.

Getting there by road

From Junction 2 of the M5(southbound):
Take the A4123 Birmingham New Road exit on the A461 Dudley Southern By-Pass. At the forth roundabout take the second available exit off roundabout on to A4101 (Kingswinford Road), and continue for 0.4 miles. Take second available exit off roundabout on to A4101 (High Street), continue for 0.8 miles. Turn left on to B4179 (High Oak), continue for 0.7 miles. Turn right on to Bryce Road, continue for 0.3 miles and you will arrive at the Dell Stadium.

If Travelling Northbound on the M5 exit at junction 4:
Turn left onto Sandy Ln/A491.At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Stourbridge Rd/A491, At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Kidderminster Rd/A456/A491
Turn left onto Stourbridge Rd/A491
Continue to follow A491
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Hagley Rd/A491
Continue to follow A491
Keep left to continue on High St/A491
Continue to follow A491
Turn right onto Bromley Ln
Turn right onto Bryce Rd
Destination will be on the left

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the club room at The Dell. This is a volunteer run cafe which serves tea, coffee and a variety of sweet treats. All proceeds from the cafe go to local charities - please come and join us!