The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Queen Eleanor Drive, Great Denham. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and trail paths - the wooden beading used to edge the compacted path can be slippery and the surrounding grass can be uneven. Please be careful at the path edges, especially when overtaking. The path itself may be particularly uneven following flooding. 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

Great Denham 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.
  • 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 one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • 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 Great Denham 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

This is a flat course in the newly established parkland at Great Denham. The start is next to the children’s play area on the western edge of the parkland. The course is run clockwise for precisely two laps bringing runners back to the finish line, also next to the children’s play area.


  • There is a well-equipped children’s playground at the start.
  • There are toilet facilities in the pavilion by the start /finish.
  • There is some parking near the start that becomes very busy with other park users, in particular when football training is in progress. If driving, we ask you to arrive in plenty of time and use the park and ride car park which is 1000m (0.6 miles) from the start area, with the shopping area (supermarket, café and off-licence) at the halfway point.
  • We meet for post run coffee at The Archers Rest which is in the pavilion by the start / finish. The Eatery is 500m (0.3 miles) away in the centre of Great Denham and is also popular.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts next to the children’s play area on the western edge of the parkland.

Getting there by public transport

Bus number 8, 11 and 24 travel from Bedford Bus Station to the car parking area.

Getting there on foot

The best way to get there from Bedford is by bike; follow the delightful riverside path from the town centre, for 2.5 miles. This path brings you right into the Great Denham Country Park. The start area is on the far side of the park and is best reached by continuing along the tarmac cycle path.

If coming from Kempston, cross the river at the Kempston Mill footbridges, then continue ahead on the compacted path to the start area. The Kempston Mill footbridges are currently closed.

Getting there by road

Please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and residents. Parking on the neighbouring streets is very restricted and car parking near the start is limited and causes congestion. If you do drive, please use the free park-and-ride on Kingswood Way (nearest postcode MK40 4FA) and walk to the to the start.

From Bedford, take Bromham Road (A4280 westbound) to reach the Western Bypass at the Biddenham roundabout. Carry on across to the next roundabout and turn left towards Kempston (still on the Western Bypass). Turn left at the next roundabout into Great Denham. The parking area is immediately on the right.

From J13 of the M1, take the A421 towards Bedford. Leave the A421 at the Marsh Leys roundabout and follow the signs to Bromham. After a couple of roundabouts you will cross the river. Turn left at the first roundabout and then right at the next into Great Denham. The parking area is immediately on the right.

Due to ongoing housing development it is the best part of a one mile walk from the car park so so allow plenty of time. From the car park follow Kingswood Way towards the centre of Great Denham. Take a left turn onto Saxon Way to reach the shopping area. Take the road on the right hand side of Sainsbury's (Anglia Way becoming King Alfred Way) to reach the parkland, where you will see the pavilion on the right off Queen Eleanor Drive.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Eatery - please come and join us!