The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at BrookesSport Botley, Harcourt Hill Campus, Oxford. The course is run entirely 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 Harcourt Hill 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.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event. No dogs are permitted on campus (apart from Guide Dogs).
  • 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 Harcourt Hill 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

View Harcourt Hill parkrun in a larger map

Course Description

The course is a two lap clockwise route that is run entirely on grass. It is almost completely flat.
Starting from the Sport Centre café/patio, the course heads north-east and follows the boundary area of all seven pitches, golf course and tennis courts before returning for a second lap past the grounds keeper’s shed.
Key waypoints are marked with hardwood posts.
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event. No dogs are permitted on campus (apart from Guide Dogs).


The University Sports Centre allows parkrunners to access the changing rooms, lockers (redeemable £1 coin required), showers and toilets. Disabled changing facilities are also available.
Free car parking for parkrun participants is available at the Sports Centre car park. Parking enforcement will begin at 10am. Participants who are planning to stay on campus beyond 10am must enter vehicle registration details at the meter to qualify for extended free parking. There are seasonal peaks in car park use, so we encourage all runners and volunteers to walk, cycle, take the bus or car share wherever possible.
Hot and cold drinks and vending machines are available in the sports centre.
No dogs are permitted on campus (apart from Guide Dogs).

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts from the Sport Centre café/patio.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The U1 (BROOKESBus) service terminates on campus, and is a 2-minute walk from the route start line.
From the 4A (Elms Rise) alight at Lime Road (Harcourt Place). Walk on bridleway for five minutes towards ‘Westminster College’ to find Sports centre.
Please see the Oxford Bus Company and the Stagecoach Bus websites for details.

Train: The nearest train station is Oxford. Change to the U1, 4A or 3B bus services at Frideswell Square stand R9.

Getting there on foot

You can walk from Botley up Westminster way onto Harcourt hill, or up Hurst Rise Road, Lime Road, through Louis Memorial Ground onto Harcourt Hill Campus.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is OX2 9AT.

From town/city centre: West on Botley Road, turning left onto Westminster way under the A34 flyover. Then onto Harcourt Hill up to campus, past the campus main entrance, last available RIGHT into campus, follow the road to the car park.

From Newbury M4: Get onto the Northbound A34 at Boars hill from A34 SOUTH or from Kennington Roundabout to Boars Hill. From Banbury/Bicester M40 U Turn at Boars Hill onto A34 NORTH.

See facilities section for details about free parking arrangements.

Post Run Coffee

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