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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Huntingdon. The course is run on a mixture of unsurfaced bridleway , grass and hard surfaced 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 Huntingdon 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.
  • Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Consider protecting yourself by wearing repellent when at parkrun events in grassy or wooded areas. See lymediseaseuk.com for further details.
  • You are welcome to take part with a dog, but please keep the dog on a short lead or short 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 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.
  • Due to the nature of the park there is a risk of bee, wasp and insect stings throughout the year. If you have any known sting related allergies then please bring your prescribed medication for this.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Huntingdon parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners 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

Huntingdon parkrun is a two lap, mixed surface, anti-clockwise course that starts on the main field near the café. The course goes across the grass before turning left to join the path that takes you around the main field. Run past the hump-backed bridge & gym equipment and then turn right between the storage container and the apiary. Run all the way down Chestnut Avenue, past the bridge and anticlockwise around the ornamental lake. Take care here as the path surface is uneven. Continue running straight ahead and take a right and then left to join up with the path that goes up towards the car park. Cross the car park access, avoid the bollard and then join the path on your right that takes you behind the park. Continue to the end of this path and then turn left to begin the second lap. At the end of the second lap, turn left onto the field and run towards the park and cafe to the finish funnel.

The start and finish is on grass and short sections of the course can be muddy with some puddles at times, so trail shoes are recommended if available to you during periods of wet weather. There are some sections of grass and woodland path, however, the route is suitable for road shoes, participants with buggies and dogs.

Facilities

There is pay and display parking at Hinchingbrooke Country Park however parking is limited.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the main field near the café.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: A frequent bus service runs from Huntingdon Town Centre to Hinchingbrooke Hospital which is only a short walk away from the park.

Train: Hinchingbrooke Country Park is 0.9 miles north west of Huntingdon Train Station.

Getting there on foot

Hinchingbrooke Country Park is located 2km west of Huntingdon. An off road cycleway leads from Huntingdon Town Centre, along Brampton Road, past Hinchingbrooke Hospital to the entrance to the Country Park.

Getting there by road

Post Code for Sat Nav is PE29 6DB. Hinchingbrooke Country Park lies 2km west of Huntingdon, 1km from Brampton and just 2km off the A14 and A1. The entrance to the Country Park is off Brampton Road, just passed Hinchingbrooke Hospital and routes are clearly marked with brown signs. There is pay and display parking at Hinchingbrooke Country Park however parking is limited and public transport, lift sharing with friends and walking/cycling to the park are encouraged.

Alternative car parking is available 5 minutes walk from Hinchingbrooke Country Park at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. Please use the first staff car park on the left-hand side as you enter the hospital and display a copy of your bar code which will permit parking until 1100 hrs. If you don’t have a spare bar code, please collect a yellow parking permit from the main reception (not physio or A&E). Please return the permit when you leave the car park. Postcode for sat nav for the hospital car parks is PE29 6NT.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the small café in Hinchingbrooke Country Park - please come and join us!