The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Puddlebrook Playing Fields, Haverhill. 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.
The Haverhill 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 please keep the dog on a short lead or 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 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 Haverhill parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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
The course begins in Puddlebrook Fields just near to Cleves Road. Participants then run anti-clockwise round the fields. After the third lap, they run another half lap of the smaller field and then turn down the 160m finishing straight to the finish.
There are very limited facilities on site. No toilets are available.
Location of startThe event starts in Puddlebrook Fields just near to Cleves Road.
Getting there by public transportNo public transport available to the venue.
Getting there on footThe venue is located 1 mile from the town centre. From town centre car parks, walk towards the southern end of the High Street and turn right into Duddery Hill. After approx half a mile, turn left into Greenfields Way. Continue to find the event start on your left just after a roundabout, where the road becomes Cleves Road.
Getting there by roadFrom Cambridge, approach Haverhill on A1307. At first roundabout, take second exit onto A1017. Turn left at second roundabout into Homesfield Road. Take the first left to access the parking area.
From Bury St Edmunds, follow A143 to Haverhill. At roundabout by Tesco Superstore, turn left to join A1017 Ehringshauser Way. At roundabout turn right onto B1057. At second roundabout, turn right onto A1017. Turn right at second roundabout for Homesfield Road. Take the first left to access the parking area.
There is limited parking available at the venue. We recommend parking in Homesfield Road. Some parking is available at Dizzy Duck’s day nursery next to the park entrance. Street parking is available in Homesfield Road. Please do not park on Cleves Way or at the doctor’s surgery.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at a coffee van (available soon) - please come and join us!