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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Edgbaston Reservoir, Birmingham. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and gravel 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 Edgbaston Reservoir 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 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 Edgbaston Reservoir parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners 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

Starting at the end of the car park near to the Birmingham Rowing Club, head clockwise to the turn around point at the Gillott Road entrance. Then back past the starting point and then a full anti-clockwise lap of the reservoir finishing back near to the starting point. The route is primarily paved footpaths with some gravel paths.
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.


Unfortunately there are no toilet facilities available at this event.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the end of the car park near to the Birmingham Rowing Club.

Getting there by public transport


  • From the city centre (Colmore Row) and Bearwood: the 9, 12, 13, X8 & X10 buses run along the Hagley Road and is a 15 minute walk from stops near Stirling Road to the event.
  • From the city centre (St Martin’s Queensway) and Smethwich: The 80 bus stops at Icknield Port Road and is a 10 minute walk to the event.
  • From Harborne: The 23 & 24 buses stop at Ladywood Middleway and the 11 bus stop at Rotton Park Road and are a 15 minute walk to the event.

Train: The nearest station is Five Ways on the Cross City Line and is a 25 minute walk to the event.

Getting there on foot

The main entrance is at the end of Reservoir Road.
There are pedestrian entrances on Rotton Park Road, Icknield Port Road, Gillott Road and Mariner Avenue. There are steps at the Gillott Road and Mariner Avenue entrances.

Getting there by road

For SatNav use B16 9EE.

From the M5 junction 3 take the A456 about 3 miles towards City Centre, Ladywood and follow signs to reservoir.

From City Centre follow signs to M5 South. Many roads around the city centre are closed or diverted due to long term road works.

Parking is on surrounding roads only. The car park is currently closed to the public.

Post Run Coffee

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