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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at King George V Playing Field, Cheltenham. The course is run on a mixture of concrete paths and 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 King George V Playing Field 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 King George V Playing Field 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

Starting on hard standing ground next to the main rugby pitch near the Brooklyn Road entrance, the course runs around the rugby pitch before completing three anti-clockwise laps of the playing fields. Each lap runs almost straight down one side and then dog-legging back up the three banked areas avoiding the pitches and boggy areas, skipping the main rugby pitch. We then finish close to where we started back towards the main rugby pitch.

The route is mainly trail with steep banking so please contact the team via the email address at the bottom of the web page to talk through the details of the course so that a wheelchair or buggy user can decide whether they feel it is suitable for them.

When it's been wet the course becomes slippy in places and it's advisable to run in trainers with more grip if you have them, eg trail shoes.

Facilities

Toilets available in Saracens Rugby Club.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on the hard standing ground next to the main rugby pitch near the Brooklyn Road entrance.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Bus F runs between Cheltenham town centre and Leckhampton. Alight at St Mark’s and Hester’s Way Community Association. The park is a one minute walk away.

Bus A runs between Prestbury and GCHQ Benhall. The nearest bus stop is Hester’s Way, Coronation Square. There will be a 5 minute walk from there to King George V Park. Please see the Stagecoach website for timetables

Train: The nearest train station is Cheltenham Spa, approx. 15 minutes walk from King George V playing fields. Please see the National Rail website for timetables.

Getting there on foot

King George V Playing Field can be accessed from Brooklyn Road or Bedford Avenue.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV, the postcode for the parking is GL51 7RG.

If coming from the M5, exit at J11 towards Cheltenham. On the A40, take the third exit at the first roundabout, continuing on the A40 towards Cheltenham. Passing GCHQ on your left, take the first exit at the next roundabout onto Princess Elizabeth way (A4013). Pass through the first set of traffic lights and at the traffic lights with Gloucestershire College on your left, turn right onto Shakespeare Road. Take the third left onto Goldsmith Road. Take the first left onto Amberley road, the carpark is straight ahead.

Please park at the pay and display, Coronation Square, GL51 7RG. Entrance to the car park is off Goldsmith Road. There is a small fee for the car park. The parkrun site is a short walk approx 500m, head east along Edinburgh Place to the junction of Brooklyn Road, King George V park entrance is across the road on Brooklyn Road.

Please DO NOT seek to park at the KGV Playing Field as this would obstruct other existing park users.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Saracens Rugby Club as well some of their fabulous cake. Please leave muddy shoes downstairs when you come in - please come and join us!