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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 in The Forest Recreation Ground, Nottingham. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, 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 Forest Rec 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 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 Forest Rec 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

The course consists of three out and back sections and two laps of the field. Participants should keep to the left at all times.

The course starts close to the children's playground near the pavilion facing in the direction of Mansfield Road. Head past the pavilion on the concrete path and then take a left turn for an anti-clockwise lap of the field. The route then takes a left turn and goes past the pavilion towards Mansfield Road, please keep to the left hand side. Once past the pavilion, continue up the promenade keeping to the left of the lampposts. Upon reaching the gate, turn around and head back down the promenade keeping to the left of the lampposts. The route goes past the pavilion and then turns left before the playground and follows the path up the incline. At the first crossroads participants will turn left and continue up the incline towards the cobbles. The route follows the path over the cobbles and then onto concrete, participants must keep to the left. Continue on this path until reaching the metal gate, turn around and head back along the concrete path keeping to the left. Follow the path back up the incline to the cobbles. Follow the path to the right heading down the cobbles, then continue on the path towards the left running towards the war memorial. Go around the tree at the cobbled section and then down the concrete path towards the park and ride. At the bottom of the path turn right going in the direction of pavilion until reaching the concrete path to the left. The route then follows this path for a clockwise lap of the field. Head back up the promenade keeping to the left of the lampposts. At the gate turn around and head back down the promenade keeping to the left of the lampposts. The course then finishes in front of the pavilion.


  • Parking: There is a small car park near the Forest Multi-Activity Pitch off Gregory Boulevard which has spaces for approximately 80 cars.
  • Pavilion: The new pavilion has toilet facilities which are open before the run only. Please don't leave anything inside the pavilion as we lock it during the run and will not open it until we are packing up afterwards. Homemade Cafe is open from 9:00am, they have toilets too but only for customers and only after 9:00am. Please don't ask to go in before then as they're getting everything ready!

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts outside the Pavillion.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Regular buses run to and from the site located on Mansfield road. There are a number of bus stops that are in easy reach of the park including

  • Forest Gates, Mansfield Road
  • Sherwood Rise
  • Forest Ride Park and Ride site
  • Djanogly College, Gregory Boulevard

Tram: The NET tram stop for the Forest is located at the North West corner of the site at the park and ride. From here trams run on a frequent basis north to Hucknall or south to the city centre and train station. See for more information.

Getting there on foot

The Forest Recreation Ground has a number of entrances off Gregory Boulevard, Mansfield Road, Mount Hooton Road and Forest Road East. Bike parking stands are available at the car park off Gregory Boulevard near the sports facilities and at the tram park and ride site. There are also numerous other fences and areas where bikes can be locked up around the site.

Getting there by road

The Forest Recreation Ground can be accessed by using the postcode NG7 6HB. There is a small car park near the Forest Multi-Activity Pitch off Gregory Boulevard which has spaces for approximately 80 cars.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the pavilion (right next to the start / finish area) for tea and a chat after the run - please come and join us!