The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge. The course is run on a mixture of grass, tarmac paths and concrete 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

Fulbourn Hospital parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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 care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Fulbourn Hospital 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 is located in the grounds of Fulbourn Hospital.

We start with a short lap followed by four longer laps mostly run on grass with a short stretch of concrete pathway at the start and end of each lap and a further short stretch on a tarmac roadway about half-way round. The course makes use of a steady rise and fall in the landscape on each lap and might best be described as 'gently undulating.'

Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.


There are no accessible toilets on the Fulbourn site. The closest toilets are at the café in Tescos.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at Fulbourn Hospital.

Getting there by public transport

If arriving by train you can reach Fulbourn Hospital from Cambridge station, from there take a Citi 1 or Citi 3 bus to Fulbourn Tesco. At Tescos continue along Yarrow Road, turn left on to Cambridge Road. [Please note that not all Citi 3 services stop at Tesco, alight at Yarrow Road instead]. Citi 1 & 3 also depart from the city centre bus station.
The main entrance to the hospital will be the first road on the left. Enter the hospital via the main entrance and parkrun will be located on the right hand side of the road approx. 200 meters into the site.
It is generally cheaper to buy a Dayrider ticket than a return if you are travelling by bus from the station or city centre.

Getting there on foot

The most straightforward route from Cambridge station is to head south along Station Place past the bus stops. Turn right onto Brookgate and follow that to Hills Road. Turn left there, cross the bridge then turn left onto Cherry Hinton Road. From there, the directions are the same as in the directions by car above. The distance is just under three miles.

Getting there by road

  • From Cambridge city centre, follow the A1307 south west out of the city, turning left along Cherry Hinton Road. This becomes Fulbourn Road. The hospital is on the left just after the first roundabout on Cherry Hinton Road.
  • From the A14, come off at J35. Follow the A1303 towards Cambridge Airport. At the next roundabout, take the first exit onto Airport Way. After a mile and a half take the first exit at the next roundabout onto Gazelle Way. Cross the level crossing and go straight across the next roundabout by Tesco. Turn left onto Fulbourn Road and follow the directions above after that.
  • From the A11, come off at the turn for Balsham and Fulbourn. Turn north west towards Fulbourn and stay on this road all the way through the village. Fulbourn Hospital is on the right just past Capital Court.
There are 53 car parking spaces (including two disabled spaces). There is a small charge to use these with any profit going the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust charity Head to Toe.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Tesco's café - please come and join us!