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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. It's run in Gladstone Park, Kendal Road, London, NW10 1JH and run on paved tracks with a small section on 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 Gladstone 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 Gladstone 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

The course begins on a wide tarmac path through the middle of the park crossing a pedestrian railway bridge into the north section of the park. After completing two anti-clockwise laps of the north section of the park, the finish is back on the playing fields. The course is undulating and runners are rewarded with wonderful views of the park from all around the course twice!

Facilities

There is one public toilet in the park, approx 10min walk from the start line.

Getting There

Location of start

The pre-run meeting area is located by the outdoor table tennis table right in front of the Pavillion Cafe and children's playground. If you are driving, we suggest using the free parking on Kendal Road and Anson Avenue and walking into the park at the entrance by the mini roundabout. You should then spot us in front of the grey low rise cafe/changing room building.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Stops for buses 232 and 226 (Gladstone Centre and Cullingworth Road stops) are close to the start line. Bus 232 also services the north side of the park on Dollis Hill Lane. The start line is a 10 minute walk from here, through the park. Stops for bus 302 (Dudden Hill Lane and Mulgrave Road stops) are also very close to the start. Undergound: The park is a short walk from Dollis Hill tube station. It is also possible to walk from Neasden and Willesden Green underground stations. Getting There on Foot The park is a short walk from Dollis Hill. There are several footpath entrances to the park; Kendal Road, Mulgrave Road, Dollis Hill Lane, Parkside, Oman Avenue, Olive Road, Anson Road and Melrose Avenue. Getting There by Road: The park lies about 1 mile from the M1 (Junction 1) and can be accessed via the North Circular (A406), the A5 and the A407. Free street parking is available at the entrances to the park near the start line. Post code for sat nav: NW10 1JH

Getting there on foot

The park is a short walk from Dollis Hill. There are several footpath entrances to the park; Kendal Road, Mulgrave Road, Dollis Hill Lane, Parkside, Oman Avenue, Olive Road, Anson Road and Melrose Avenue.

Getting there by road

The park lies about 1 mile from the M1 (Junction 1) and can be accessed via the North Circular (A406), the A5 and the A407. Free street parking is available at the entrances to the park near the start line. Post code for sat nav: NW10 1JH

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at a local cafe - please come and join us.