The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Chantry Park, Ipswich. The course is run on grass, with some sections of tarmac, gravel path and woodland trail. 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.
Ipswich parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
- 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 one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
- Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.
We hope these tips help to ensure that Ipswich parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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 DescriptionIpswich parkrun is essentially a one lap multi-terrain course starting and finishing in close proximity to the cricket pavilion. Start near the pavilion on flat grass, follow an anti-clockwise loop around the edge of the cricket pitch, branching off towards the play equipment and turning left towards the tennis courts, turning left at the first tree and heading slightly uphill towards the cricket nets. Runners then turn slightly to the right in front of the pavilion and go in an anti-clockwise loop following the edge of the cricket pitch, branching on to a trail path running parallel to London Road, then make a left turn onto the flat tarmac path. Almost immediately, make a right turn back on to the trail path and follow an anti-clockwise loop around the football pitches at the highest elevation of the course. Runners are then directed to their right on a gradual grassy downhill slope to the lower end of the park.
Turn left into a flat narrow wooded section, left again following the trail path and left again up a slight slope towards the Chantry mansion. Runners turn left at the small tree and head towards another children’s playground, bearing right at the play equipment, passing a large tree on the right hand side. Runners are directed to their right and up a slight slope towards a crossroads on a tarmac path. At the crossroads, turn right and follow the tree lined path, turning left at the end to cross in front of mansion. After the mansion, the path becomes a gravel track, passing a bowls green on the left and walled garden on the right. At the gap in the hedge, runners are directed to their right and follow an anti-clockwise route around a meadow which climbs steeply back towards the pavilion. Turning left at the top of the slope away from the pavilion and towards a path which will take the runners back to the crossroads on a tarmac path. At the crossroads, turn right towards the main gate on London Road, where runners turn right, passing the play equipment again and towards the finish, which is on grass directly in front of the pavilion.
Toilets are located in the Cricket Pavilion. See information below on parking. There are two children’s play areas in the park a short distance from the Cricket Pavilion.
Location of startThe event starts in close proximity to the cricket pavilion.
Getting there by public transport
Bus: Bus routes 7 and 15 are the best routes to use and you should alight at the Robin Drive/London Road stop and enter the park by the nearest entrance. The cricket pavilion is located on the left as you enter the park.
Getting there on footFrom Town Centre: From Civic Drive, turn onto Handford Road A1071 at the second roundabout. Follow Handford Road and it turns into London Road. Keep straight through the traffic light-controlled junctions. At Robin Drive cross over to the main entrance to the park with wrought-iron gates. The cricket pavilion is located on the left as you enter the park.
Getting there by roadFrom 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) you will be forced into the right hand lane due to a bus lane, as you pass the sign for “Farmers Guide” start entering the bus lane as the vehicle entrance to the park is on the left hand side immediately (5 metres) before the Welcome to Ipswich brown sign.
If you are arriving before 08:45 we ask that you park in our additional car park. Turn left at the Holiday Inn onto the A1071 signposted Hadleigh, Washbrook , Copdock. After approx. 400m turn right at the traffic lights onto Hadleigh Road (signposted Chantry Park). Continue along Hadleigh Road until you come to the sign for “Sue Ryder Care, Chantry Park” and turn right into the park. At the end of the straight turn right and the car park is 50m further along on the right. To get to the start line turn right out of the car park and continue on this path until you reach the cricket pavilion. Approx a 5 minute walk or 2 minute warm up jog.
From Town Centre: From Civic Drive, turn onto Handford Road A1071 at the second roundabout. Follow Handford Road and it turns into London Road. Keep straight through the traffic light-controlled junctions staying on London Road A1214 until you reach the roundabout. Turn round and head back the way you came. Continue straight over at the first set of lights (Holiday Inn on your left) you will be forced into the right hand lane due to a bus lane, as you pass the sign for “Farmers Guide” start entering the bus lane as the vehicle entrance to the park is on the left hand side immediately (5 metres) before the Welcome to Ipswich brown sign.
If you are arriving before 08:45 we are that you park in our additional car park. Turn left at the Holiday Inn onto the A1071 signposted Hadleigh, Washbrook , Copdock. After approx. 400m turn right at the traffic lights onto Hadleigh Road (signposted Chantry Park). Continue along Hadleigh Road until you come to the sign for “Sue Ryder Care, Chantry Park” and turn right into the park. At the end of the straight turn right and the car park is 50m further along on the right. To get to the start line turn right out of the car park and continue on this path until you reach the cricket pavilion. Approx. a 5 minute walk or 2 minute warm up jog.