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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Ifield Mill Pond, Crawley. The course is run entirely on tarmac 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 Ifield Mill Pond 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.
  • 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.
  • Unfortunately due to the nature of the course, dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • Unfortunately due to the nature of the course, this event is not suitable for buggies.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Ifield Mill Pond 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 course is 2 and a bit loops of the footpaths around the side of the Ifield Mill Pond. Starting at the car park near the Gossops Green entrance, we head straight out towards the Ifield end of the pond for half a mile before coming back on yourself towards the start where you’ll turn right over a couple of small bridges then turning right completing a loop of the green then crossing the two bridges again where you’ll turn right back to the car park. You then repeat the same loop again but the second time you get to the car park you’ll turn around and run 200m up the path to the finish line on the right-hand side of the path.
Unfortunately as this course features some narrow paths and tight turns, dogs are not allowed and it is not suitable for buggies.

Facilities

There are no toilets or play parks at Ifield Mill Pond. There are public toilets available at Gossops Green Parade (RH11 8HQ) but these open at 8:30am and are a 5-10 minute walk from the start.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the car park near the Gossops Green entrance.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Please note that if you travel by bus on a Saturday on the 1, 23 and 200 routes between 7:30am and 11am, Metrobus will allow FREE travel on presentation of your parkrun barcode in lieu of a ticket.

Ifield Mill Pond is served by several regular bus routes. Local buses are operated by Metrobus, please visit their website for the most appropriate service. Local bus stops are:

  • Henshaw Close stop: 1, 200 (1 minute walk)
  • Buckswood Drive stop: 1, 200 (2 minute walk)
  • Ellman Road stop: 23, 200 (5 minute walk)

Train: Nearest train station: Ifield (10-15 minute walk).

  • If travelling from Horsham exit onto platform 1 and take the footbridge across to Craigans.
  • If travelling from Crawley exit the station from platform 2 onto Craigans.
  • From Craigans and take the first turning right onto Hillmead. Follow the road round until you get to Highams Hill and then turn right into The Hollow. Follow the path towards the garages and take the footpath into Ifield Mill Pond. The start of the route is half a mile along this path.
Ifield station has a short platform and you will need to travel in the front 4 carriages. The station does not have lift access.

Getting there on foot

Ifield Mill Pond can be accessed by foot from multiple locations.
  • Ifield residents can go via the footbridge at Ifield station then turning right down Hillmead on to The Hollow.
  • Ifield West residents can head over pedestrian bridge to Bewbush on to Waterfield Gardens then head left into the park.
  • Bewbush residents can head to the park via Waterfield Gardens, Mowbray Drive or follow the path by Douster Brook.
  • Gossops Green residents should head towards Gossops Green Medical Centre.

Getting there by road

There is no parking available at the park.

Please use parking as follows:
  • Waterfield Gardens, use postcode RH11 8RA (5 minute walk)
  • Gossops Green Community Centre, use postcode RH11 8HJ (10 minute walk)
Please use the parking as directed as a priority and park responsibly and thoughtfully to local residents.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Squires Garden Centre, Horsham Rd, Crawley, RH11 8PL - please come and join us!