The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at 40 Acre Path, Tilebarn Close, Henley-on-Thames. 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 Henley-on-Thames 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 dogs are not permitted, because some sections of the path are narrow.
  • Unfortunately buggies can not take part at this event because of safety on a steep course.
  • 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 Henley-on-Thames 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

The entry points to the path are from Tilebarn Close, or from Valley Road into Tilebarn Lane. The course consists of two, anti-clockwise laps of a steeply undulating scenic trail path, that follows outside the perimeter of 40 Acre Field and includes a short out-and-back section of the Pack and Prime Lane bridleway.
This run does not permit buggies, because of safety on the steep course. Also, dogs are not permitted, because some sections of the path are narrow.

Facilities

There are no toilet facilities at the run location. The nearest toilets are in Greys Road car park in the town centre, but this is about 1km from the run.

Getting There

Location of start

The entry points to the path are from Tilebarn Close, or from Valley Road into Tilebarn Lane.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Arriva service 850, departing Friar Street Reading, to Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames. Or Arriva Service 800, departing from bus station, High Wycombe, to Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames.Ticketing information can be found at arrivabus.co.uk.
By train: Via the small station at Henley-on-Thames. Travelling from London direction, or Reading, may involve a change at Twyford. Ticketing information can eb found at gwr.com

Getting there on foot

From the central car park off Greys Road, proceed to the Town Hall, at the top of the Market Place in the high street.
From the bus stop in Bell Street, proceed south into the Market Place in the high street and walk up to the Town Hall.
From the Town Hall, take Gravel Hill, turning left into Paradise Road and continue downhill for a short stretch of Deanfield Avenue. Turn right at the College into Deanfield Road. Proceed up Deanfield Road, as far as Tilebarn Close.

Getting there by road

Please walk/run to the site if possible, but if a car is necessary, here are the directions: Satnav location RG9 1UU.
From M40 motorway, take the exit for the A404 Marlow bypass. Proceed downhill and over the Thames to the large roundabout at the bottom of the hill. Take the second exit from the roundabout, to continue south on the A404. Then take the first exit from the A404, ending in a small roundabout and take the third exit to Henley on the A4130. From M4 motorway, turn off at junction 8/9 and take the exit from the roundabout for the A404(M). Go past exit for A4 to Reading, but take next exit and follow A4130 to Henley. Continue to Henley, passing over bridge across Thames and into town centre. Continue straight through Market Place and to the Town Hall at the top of the high street. From Henley town centre, travel past the Town Hall, up Gravel Hill. Turn left into Paradise Road, and downhill for a short stretch of Deanfield Avenue. Then turn right at the College, into Deanfield Road. Proceed uphill, over humps as far as Tilebarn Close.

The nearest public car parks are in the town centre, off Greys Road and behind the Waitrose supermarket. These car parks make charges on Saturdays. Alternative free parking on the street is available in Deanfield Road, Valley Road, Haywards Close and Harcourt Close. Please be considerate of our neighbours when parking

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Chocolate Cafe Henley, 13 Thameside, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1BH - please come and join us!