The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Christchurch Park, Ipswich. 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.
The Ipswich 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:
We hope these tips help to ensure that Ipswich parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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.
Bus:All Ipswich Buses terminate at Tower Ramparts Bus Station which is less than 5 minutes walk from the park via St Margarets Road and Fonnereau Road.
First Buses 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 75, 76, 77, 87, 88 also serve the park; alight at Majors Corner, walk along St Margarets Road until you reach Soane Street. Through both park entrances you will see Christchurch Mansion, the start is to the left of the Mansion next to the duck pond.
Buses from outside of Ipswich stop at the Old Cattle Market Bus Station which is 10 minutes away (Turn right onto Falcon Street, and then left into Upper Brook Street, this becomes Northgate Street and you continue along here until you turn right at St. Margaret’s Street. You will find entrances to the park in Fonnerau Road, Soane Street and Bolton Lane.
Train: Ipswich rail station is approximately 1 mile from Christchurch Park; walk via Princes Street, King Street, Tavern Street, Tower Street and Fonnereau Road.
From the A12 (Copdock interchange)/A14 (Junction 55): Follow the roundabout until you see the sign for Ipswich A1214 (also says Hadleigh, Football Ground and Park and Ride) and turn off. Take the second exit at the next roundabout (Ipswich West A1214). Continue straight over at the next set of lights (Holiday Inn on your left). Follow London Road (A1214) straight on through 4 major sets of junction traffic lights on to Handford Road (A1071). At the next roundabout, turn left onto Civic Drive. At the next roundabout, turn right on to St Matthews Street, Crown Street, St Margarets Street (A1156). Just after the Baptist Church, turn left into Soane Street, then left on to Bolton Lane (B1077). At the fork junction, turn left onto Westerfield Road. There is parking along this road and also in the surrounding roads off Gainsborough Road.
From A12 Woodbridge / Martlesham: From the roundabout with the Martlesham Park and Ride entrance, follow the signs into Ipswich using the A1214. Go straight over at 2 roundabouts. The third is a double roundabout (Ipswich Hospital), follow the A1214 signs towards Bury St Edmunds. Take the second exit at the next 3 roundabouts (straight across). At the 4th roundabout, take the first exit (left) on to Westerfield Road. Follow the road until you reach Christchurch Park on your right. There is parking along this road and also in the surrounding roads off Gainsborough Road.
Parking: There is some limited street parking on Westerfield Road, Park Road and some of the roads off Westerfield Road.
Ipswich car parks:
Pease see the Ipswich Borough Council website.
The closest car park is Crown Car Park in Charles Street.
There are also pay and display parking bays in Fonnereau Road, Park Road and Soane Street.