The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Great Cornard Sports Centre, Sudbury. The course is run on a mixture of grass and tarmac 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 Great Cornard 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.
  • As this is primarily a school facility, dogs are not allowed onto the field so we regret that runners cannot run with their dogs or bring them to the Great Cornard parkrun.
  • 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 Great Cornard 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


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Course Description

The course is mostly within the bounds of a school playing field and is very flat and almost entirely on grass other than a short 200m section on a tarmac footpath. If you run in spikes you can run parallel to this path. There are some areas that will be affected by leaves in the autumn and winter. After rain the grass is likely to become slippery and in some areas puddles or mud may accumulate. In the event of these becoming problematic, signs and/or marshalls will show an alternate course.
A section of the course runs over another public playing field that is not part of the school grounds and will be shared with other users. Signs and/or marshalls will direct runners to avoid possible conflict. Please give way to other park users. The 2nd field is accessed through a large gate with plenty of room for multiple runners at the same time but give way if a large number of runners reach this point simultaneously.
The Start is accessed through the Sports Centre café and onto the sports field, beyond the all weather pitch. There will be signs up to mark the start clearly.
The course will operate over two laps with a smaller loop covered twice more. The start and finish will be clearly marked.
As this is primarily a school facility, dogs are not allowed onto the field so we regret that runners cannot run with their dogs or bring them to the Great Cornard parkrun.
On occasions we may share the school sports field with other users such as football or rugby teams. Please give way to other users.

Facilities

The Sports Centre offers toilets, showers and a café as well as opportunities to join in other sports activities and clubs (www.gcsportscentre.co.uk). At 10:00 the village library opens on the same site.

At the end of your run please join us in the café for coffee and a chat!

There is a large cycle rack for storage of bikes near the front entrance; remember to bring a lock.

Important note: The sports centre front entrance opens at 08:45 unless you are volunteering when we have earlier access at 08:00.

Getting There

Location of start

The Start is accessed through the Sports Centre café and onto the sports field, beyond the all weather pitch. There will be signs up to mark the start clearly.

Getting there by public transport

There is a train station in Sudbury with services from Colchester, Marks Tey, Chappell & Wakes Colne and Bures. Trains are operated by Greater Anglia and are currently scheduled to arrive into Sudbury at 21 minutes past the hour throughout the day on Saturdays and depart at 26 minutes past the hour for the return journey.

A short walk from the train station is the bus station where, currently, the Number 5 bus operated by Beestons departs at 08:35 for the short, 5 minute journey to Head Lane. A return bus departs from Head Lane at 35 minutes past the hour throughout the day to return to Sudbury.

Important note: The sports centre front entrance opens at 08:45 unless you are volunteering when we have earlier access at 08:00.

Getting there on foot

You must use the front entrance through the Sports Centre café to access the playing field so should arrive via Head Lane as the side gates will be locked and closed.

Important note: The sports centre front entrance opens at 08:45 unless you are volunteering when we have earlier access at 08:00.

Getting there by road

Great Cornard Sports Centre can be found on Head Lane, Great Cornard, just off the B1508 Bures Road which runs between Sudbury and Bures.

Arriving from Colchester and Ipswich on the A134, at the first main roundabout take the 1st exit left onto Shawlands Avenue. Follow the road for approximately 0.8 mile then turn right into Canhams Road, which becomes Head Lane approximately half way along. Continue for another half a mile; Great Cornard Sports Centre can be found on the right hand side.

From Bury St Edmunds follow the A134 into Sudbury and across the Chilton Industrial Estate. At the final roundabout where the A134 turns left, go straight across onto Shawlands Avenue. Follow the road for approximately 0.8 mile then turn right into Canhams Road, which becomes Head Lane approximately half way along. Drive for half a mile where Great Cornard Sports Centre can be found on the right hand side.

If using SatNav, the Great Cornard Sports Centre postcode is CO10 0JU.

There is a large, free car park at the front entrance to the sports centre but wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport to arrive.

Important note: The sports centre front entrance opens at 08:45 unless you are volunteering when we have earlier access at 08:00.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Sports Centre Café - please come and join us!