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The Course

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.

Course Safety

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:

  • 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 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Ipswich 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

Temporary course at Christchurch Park while Chantry Park recovers from saturated ground.

This is a 2 lap anti clockwise course starting and finishing in close proximity to the Mansion House cafe. The course is undulating throughout with a sharp incline just after the café. There are several short sharp turns to keep the runner on their toes. The majority of the course is permanently signposted and runners should look out for the black coloured discs on every corner. Other signs will also be in use.


There are toilets located throughout the park with the closest one nearest to the start/finish area at the “Ark” by Fonnereau Road.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in close proximity to the Mansion House café.

Getting there by public transport

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.

Getting there on foot

Christchurch Park is situated close to the town centre. From the bus centre near Tower Ramparts on Crown Street, cross towards Crown Pools leisure centre heading towards St. Margaret's Street and Woodbridge Road. You will find entrances to the park in Fonnereau Road, Soane Street and Bolton Lane, all within a short walk from Tower Ramparts.


Getting there by road

Postcode for satnav: IP4 2BE

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.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Mansion House Café - please come and join us!