The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Haldon Forest Park, Exeter. The course is run entirely on trail 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 Haldon Forest 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.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but your dog must be on a short handheld lead. Canicross or waist harnesses are not allowed due to the narrow incline section on our course. Any waste must be picked up immediately during the run.
    Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
  • 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.
  • 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Haldon Forest 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

Set on Haldon Hill, 250m above sea-level, Haldon Forest parkrun is easily accessible from the A38.
The course covers a two loop route of 2km and 3km distances. From the start the course descends on a wide gravelly path before turning left and heading up into the trees on a steep, narrow path for 100m, please stay right here to allow overtaking on the left. Because of the width of this section, the course is unsuitable for canicross-harnessed participants. At the top of this ascent the course levels out, passing through the forest and through a rhododendron tunnel to the ridgeway, which has stunning views across the Exe basin to Exeter, before returning to the start. The second loop goes a further 500m beyond the first turning point before a longer climb back through the woods. At the end of this loop we turn right to head for the finish funnel.

Facilities

Toilets, a shower and children’s play area are all located within the hub area next to the car park.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts across the road from the car park and café.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: From Exeter catch the 360 to Belvedere Tower. Walk 1/2 mile to the carpark.

Getting there on foot

Back roads from Alphington lead directly to forest park for runners and cyclists.

Getting there by road

The venue postcode is EX6 7XR.
Travelling from the A38 turn off at the exit for Exeter Racecourse (there are no slips roads for this turning). Make sure you look out for the Haldon blue banners directing you to the car park. Please do not take the first entrance labelled "Office Car Park".

300 car parking capacity in the main Haldon Forest car park. Car parking is chargeable at 0 - 2 hours £4, 2 - 4 hours £5. All day £7. Annual parking pass for £38 is available. No on-road parking is allowed. The road is a clearway. Use the designated carpark.

Post Run Coffee

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