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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at East Park, Wolverhampton. The course is run entirely on tarmac 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 East Park 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 East Park 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

Three laps around the perimeter of the park, starting near the Sutherland Road entry to the park near the bandstand and football pitch, and finishing by the bandstand at the centre of the park.

Facilities

Toilets available in the same building as the on-site cafe, free to use, and a children's play area is close to the finish.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts near the Sutherland Road entry to the park near the bandstand and football pitch.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: NX West Midlands routes 53 and 529 run along nearby Willenhall Road, north of the park, with an East Park Way stop in both directions. From East Park Way bus stops it is a 9 minute to the parkrun start, heading down East Park Way or Plascom Road and across the park.

Metro: Priestfield Metro stop is located south of the park, a 10 minute walk from the parkrun start. To reach the park from the Metro stop please walk up Holloway Street, then Culwick Street, and on to Hickman Avenue where you can enter the park.

Train: The nearest train station is Wolverhampton, from which you can head to the nearby bus or metro stations to catch the bus or metro as detailed above.

Getting there on foot

Getting there by road

SatNav: WV1 2BS - this will bring you to the top entrance of East Park, please follow Hickman Avenue around the park and find a suitable parking space.

From Wolverhampton: Follow the ring roads and exit on the A454 Horseley Fields / Willenhall Road, turning right on to Hickman Avenue at the Texaco petrol station.

From Bilston: Follow the A41 towards Wolverhampton, turning up Stow Heath Lane and then on to Culwick Street and Hickman Avenue.

From Walsall: Follow the A4148 Wolverhampton Road, A454 Black Country Route and The Keyway on to Willenhall Road, turning left down Hickman Avenue.

From Sedgley and Coseley: Follow the A463 then A4126 Spring Road/Ettingshall Road to A41 Bilston Road, turning right on to Sutherland Avenue, leading to Hickman Avenue.

Parking: Street parking is available around the perimeter of the park. Hickman Avenue perimeter road has the best availability. Please park considerately. Plascom Road Car Park has 76 spaces and is a 10 minute walk from the parkrun start - see Bus directions for the walking route. Some parking is available inside the park, but please be aware the gates will be closed from 8.45am until after parkrun is finished, so this parking is only suitable for those staying until the end (e.g. volunteers).

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the East Park Café. The cafe is at the centre of the park, is cash only and run by Friends of East Park volunteers - it opens around 8am so you are welcome before and after parkrun - please come and join us!