The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Exeter Quay & River Valley Park, Exeter. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, gravel 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 Exeter Riverside 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.
  • Unfortunately, due to University rules, dogs are not allowed to take part at this event.
  • 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.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to human’s through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Exeter Riverside 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


View Exeter Riverside parkrun in a larger map

Course Description

The course starts and finishes on Exeter Quay near the marina/boat yard on the south bank of the river Exe. The course is predominantly an out and back flat one; from the start it heads south east through the River Valley Park crossing a bridge into Duckes Meadow then turning right following the south bank of the Exe until entering the University playing fields for a partial lap of the perimeter before re-joining the footpath at Duckes Meadow to head back to the finish.
Unfortunately, due to University rules, dogs are not allowed to take part at this event.

Facilities

Parking: car parking on a pay & display basis is available on both sides of the Quay: Haven Banks car park, EX2 8DP (300 spaces) is on the south side and is close to the start, Cathedral & Quay car park, EX1 1DX (400 spaces) is on the north side and is a 5 to 10 minute walk to the start. Both car parks have disabled spaces.

Public Toilets: including disabled (Radar key scheme) are available on the Quay nr Butts Ferry crossing, 5 minutes from the start.

Refreshments: there are lots of places to get a drink or something to eat on the Quay.

Play Areas: the Quay is adjacent to lots of open space where children can play or ride bikes, there is also a small playground a few minutes away.

Other Activities: include the Quay Climbing Centre and Haven Banks Outdoor Pursuit Centre. Bikes and canoes etc. can be hired from local traders.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on Exeter Quay near the marina/boat yard on the south bank of the river Exe.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The nearest bus station is Paris Street Terminus in the centre of the town, from there it is a 1 mile walk through the City Centre to the Quay following the tourist signs.

Train: The nearest station is Exeter Central, from there it is a 1 mile walk following tourist signs to the Quay. From Exeter St David’s mainline station it is just under 2 miles walk to the Quay using the excellent river footpath.

Getting there on foot

On reaching the Historic Quay area head towards the tall outside climbing tower, the start is 100mtrs away on the spit of land between the canal and the river next to the large landmark buoy.

Getting there by road

The Quay area is close to Exeter city centre. From all directions initially follow signs to City Centre and then to Exeter Historic Quay.
Car parking on a pay & display basis is available on both sides of the Quay: Haven Banks car park, EX2 8DP (300 spaces) is on the south side and is close to the start, Cathedral & Quay car park, EX1 1DX (400 spaces) is on the north side and is a 5 to 10 minute walk to the start.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Quay Climbing Centre Cafe, Haven Road, Exeter, EX2 8AX - please come and join us!