The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Irchester Country Park, Wellingborough. The course is run entirely on trail 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 Irchester Country 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.
We hope these tips help to ensure that Irchester Country 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
The Irchester Country parkrun course is run on well surfaced trails through diverse woodland that reveal elements of the park’s ironstone quarrying history as well as its Jurassic limestone geology.
The course follows an out-and-back route with a 1km loop in the middle. Starting outside the railway museum, it finishes on the Royal Meadow close to the café. Please stay to the left-hand side of the path at all times, and follow the marshals’ directions. Take care when approaching the finish line, as the meadow has uneven ground with some molehills and rabbit burrows.
Toilets are located in a block adjacent to the café. Irchester Country Park has an adventure course with zip lines, a children’s play area, and a diverse network of trails in a 200-acre area of woodland.
Location of start
The event starts outside the railway museum.
Getting there by public transport
Bus: The Stagecoach X46 service between Northampton and Raunds stops near the main entrance to the park on the B570 road.
Visit the Stagecoach website for timetables.
Train: The nearest train station is Wellingborough which is served by trains from London St Pancras heading north, and from Nottingham going south.
Visit the East Midlands Rail website for timetables.
Getting there on foot
From Wellingborough railway station it is a 1.8 mile walk to the start of the course (30-40 mins). Follow Senwick Road to the Embankment and then turn left at the roundabout onto the A509 heading south. Immediately after going under the A45 bridge, turn left at the war memorial onto Daniels Road, and continue to the end of the road where you will find a small pedestrian gate on the right hand side leading onto a footpath that goes directly to the course start.
Getting there by road
Use the postcode NN29 7DL for Sat Nav directions, and then follow the brown and white signs to Irchester Country Park. The main entrance is on Gypsy Lane (B570) off the A509 between Wellingborough and Woollaston.
Parking for parkrunners is available at a reduced rate of £1 (payable on arrival & valid until 11am), from a member of the park staff who will be stationed at the ticket machine closest to the cafe when the meadow parking area is in use, or otherwise at the woodland carpark. Normal charges apply for longer stays.
Volunteers are entitled to free parking - passes can be collected from the Run Director.
There are three main car parks on the site, and additional overflow parking may be opened on the meadows, the availability of on-site parking may be limited by bad weather conditions. Please arrive early in case the on-site parking is full.
If the car parks are full, then a member of our volunteer team will direct you to other nearby parking that is a short walk from the start.
Please consider car sharing to reduce our impact on the environment.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Quarryman's Rest Café - please come and join us!