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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Millennium Jubilee Hall, Millenium Field, Kesgrave, Ipswich. The course is run entirely on grass. 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 Kesgrave 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 Kesgrave 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

100% on grass; the course starts with a 2 lap circumnavigation of the playing field before continuing straight along past a school and houses until the marshal point at Bell Lane is reached; loop back on yourself and continue with the hedgerow on your right to Millennium Field where a short loop into Dobbs Woods will be completed. You will then come back on to field to finish in front of the pavilion. This is a fast and flat course.

Facilities

Toilets, car parking. You are encouraged to use all the 3 car parking arrangements in place. If you need to park elsewhere, please take into consideration the residents in the local area.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the playing field.

Getting there by public transport

Bus Routes are all run by First Group buses. Two bus routes travel through Grange Farm.
Bus no.66 travels around Century Drive, and you should alight from the bus at the stop next to Battles Lane. You can then walk down Century Drive to Millennium Field.
Bus route no.64 takes you to within a mile of the start. Alight at the stop nearest Stewart Young Grove, travel round Ropes Drive to Century Drive and towards Millennium Field.

Getting there on foot

You can walk to Kesgrave using the extensive cycle/footpath network within the town. Walking or cycling down Century Drive will take you to Millennium Field. There are also many bridle paths leading from Martlesham that will bring you on a more scenic route.

Getting there by road

If driving from Ipswich town centre, drive along the A1214 signposted towards Woodbridge. Pass Kesgrave High School on your left, then at the next roundabout take 3rd exit signposted Ropes Drive East.

If driving from Woodbridge, from the A12, take the A1214 signposted Grange Farm/Kesgrave/Ipswich. At the first roundabout, take first exit, signposted Grange Farm and Ropes Drive East.
Continue to next roundabout. Take 4th exit for Car Park 2 (Saint Isodores) at the Farmhouse pub, this is half mile from the start. Take 3rd exit at the roundabout, then 2nd left on to Century Drive. Take 2nd left on to Millennium Way and Car Park 1 is in front of you.

Please be considerate with parking. This is a community event and we don’t want to cause any issues with the local residents that may prevent the run taking place.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at facilities at the Millennium Sports Field - please come and join us!