The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Isabel Trail, Stafford. 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 Isabel Trail 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.
- Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or 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 also 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.
- 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.
We hope these tips help to ensure that Isabel Trail 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 course is an out and back route on a tarmac path along the Isabel Trail. The start and finish is at the end closest to Sainsbury’s.
Sainsbury’s have the closest toilet facilities which is approximately 0.5 miles from the start area.
Location of start
The event starts at the end of Isabel Trail that is closest to Sainsbury’s.
Getting there by public transport
Bus: The closest bus stop to the start area is the number 12 Arriva bus at Castletown and Rosewood Gardens. There is also a bus stop outside of Sainsbury’s, Chell Road and is serviced by buses from Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Keele, Trentham Gardens, Cannock, Hanley, Eccleshall and Telford. This bus stop is approximately 0.5 miles from the start point.
Train: Stafford train station is on Station Road and is a 10 minute walk to the start point.
Getting there on foot
The start is approximately 10 minutes walk from Stafford train station and the town centre. There are also a number of entrances that can be found off Doxey Marshes, Izaak Walton Street, Stafford Common, Aston Terrace and The Haybarn.
Getting there by road
Isabel Trail is best accessed by Doxey Road which can be accessed from Chell Road. If you are travelling from further afield the Isabel Trail is approximately 10 minutes from both Junction 13 or Junction 14 on the M6.
The nearest car parking is available at Doxey Road Long Stay Car Park, ST16 2TF. Please note that this is a Pay and Display car park. There is some street car parking nearby, but please can we ask you park respectfully.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Sainsbury’s, Chell Road, Stafford, ST16 2TF - please come and join us!