The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Ottershaw Memorial Fields, Ottershaw. The course is run on a mixture of woodland trail and 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 Homewood 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.
  • Unfortunately the course is not buggy-friendly.
  • 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 Homewood 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 route passes through the beautiful woodland trails of Ether Hill. Starting on the playing fields by the pavillion and cricket nets, the course follows half a lap of the field and enters the woods close to Foxhills Road. The route is undulating with views over Queenswood Golf Course and covers 3 laps of the woodland trail. After the third lap, you will exit the woods and run clockwise around the fields to finish between the car parks, parallel to the road. The course is mostly woodland trail and so there are some exposed tree roots and may be fallen leaves and mud. Sign posts and/or marshals will be at all turning points. Some areas may accumulate mud and puddles after rain.

Facilities

There is a toilet available in the car park, and play equipment in the park.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on the playing fields by the pavillion and cricket nets.

Getting there by public transport

Chertsey and Addlestone train stations are both 2 miles away. The 446 bus route from Woking stops on Brox Road and the 461 stops at The Otter on Murray Road, both of which are approx. 10minute walk to the Foxhills Road car park. Further information on bus routes and timetables can be found on the Surrey County Council website.

Getting there on foot

To reach the park on foot, from the Ottershaw roundabout take Foxhills road and follow for approx. 200m to the park car park.

Getting there by road

Homewood parkrun is located at Ottershaw Memorial Fields in the village of Ottershaw. It is 2miles from Chertsey, and 1 mile from junction 11 of the M25. From J11 follow A317 towards Woking (A320). Take the first exit at the first roundabout to Guildford Road. At the next roundabout take the third exit onto Chobham Rd followed by an immediate right on to Foxhills Road. There are two car parks with free parking on Foxhills Road after approx. 200m on your left for Ottershaw Memorial Fields. The postcode is KT16 0NQ.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Old School Café, Longcross Road, Chertsey, KT16 0DP - please come and join us!