The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac roads and hardcore roads. 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 Holkham 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 Holkham 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

Join us for our one lap course running anti-clockwise through sweeping park and farm land, past shaded woods and historic buildings and monuments such as the the Obelisk, the thatched Ice House and the stunning Holkham Hall. The course will be marked by signage or marshals.
Starting near the Ice House next to the lake, there are two cattle grids along the route which are bypassed by pedestrian gates all of which will be marshaled. The route is gently undulating for the first 2.5k with a very gradual climb to the highest point in the park before turning onto the long south drive with a small climb at the end which goes up and around the obelisk before dropping gently back in to the park for the finish.

Occasionally, following Holkham Estate's wind policy, we are unable to run the regular course in high winds due to the number of trees along the route. In these instances we may be able to run an alternative route. It is still one lap starting from the Ice House, near the regular start line. The course will run clockwise, on farm and hard core tracks and will still include a few undulations! Please note that this route will only be used when Holkham Park is under an advisory notice for high winds. On rare occasions, in severe weather, it may still be necessary to cancel parkrun due to full or partial closure of the park. Updates on when this course will be used will appear in our news feeds and social media when required.

Facilities

Toilets are located within the park approximately 400m from the start/finish. There is a large car parking area and car parking is provided for participants of parkrun free of charge. It is approx. 500m from the car park to the start/finish line. A woodland adventure play area is situated next to the car park. A café with indoor seating is available Easter to 31st October. November to March refreshments are available from Hushwing Café, a vintage mobile catering unit.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts near the Ice House next to the lake.

Getting there by public transport

Train: The nearest train station is King’s Lynn (approximately 23 miles away), which has hourly trains running from King’s Cross, London via Cambridge and Ely. Train times can be found by telephoning National Rail Enquiries: (08457) 484950 or visiting www.qjump.co.uk

Bus: The Norfolk Coasthopper runs from King’s Lynn and Hunstanton to Sheringham and has two stops at Holkham. The main bus stop is on the main road in Holkham village. In the summer the service is surprisingly frequent. The Hall is reached via Park Road, approximately a 3/4 mile walk away. For information on the Coasthopper bus service visit the Coasthopper website.

Getting there on foot

Pedestrian access is available every day except Christmas Day at the North, South, East and West Gates.

Getting there by road

Brown tourist signs indicate the route from Fakenham following the B1105 and A149 road from Wells-next-the-Sea. The main entrance for the public, cars and small coaches to Holkham Park, is via the north gates of the estate in Park Road. For satellite navigation, NR23 1RH will bring you to the almshouses at the north gates entrance to Holkham Park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Courtyard Cafe in the park (open 16th February to 23rd December) - please come and join us!