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The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Linford Wood, Milton Keynes. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and gravel 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.

Course Safety

Linford Wood 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 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 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 Linford Wood parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

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 Map

Course Description

A winding, single lap, clockwise course. The course is marked with cones, arrows and marshals. The first half of the run is on tarmac shared cycle paths (redways), passing the edge of the wood and passing through Conniburrow, Bradwell Common and Heelands using underpasses. The second half is on narrower, cemented gravel paths and winds through the stunning, ancient woodland. The 250m long finishing straight is back on a redway and the finish funnel will be situated in a small grassy area on the left-hand side, or on the path itself during poor ground conditions. Path conditions are mostly good but there are some tree roots that cause protrusions especially right at the finish, so please be cautious.

Facilities

Ora Café customers may use the single toilet in the café.

Getting There

Location of start

parkunners meet at the junction of paths, by a small pond adjacent to Foxhunter Drive. The start line is a short walk away following the run briefing.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Almost all local buses serve Central Milton Keynes (The Point) which is a mile and a half away. Buses 23 and 25 stop close by (Redbridge Roundabout South). These can be caught from Milton Keynes Central railway station (08:04/08:30) or The Point (08:10/08:35) arriving at Linford Wood at 08:19/08:44. (Correct February 2020)

Train: Milton Keynes Central railway station has a very good local and intercity train service, and is a 2.3 mile walk/jog or a 15 minute bus ride away.

Getting there on foot

Linford Wood has excellent pedestrian and cycle access from all directions using the Milton Keynes Redway network. Visit the Get Smarter Travel MK website for more information. Bicycle racks are available outside the Ora Café. There is a Santander Cycles rental dock nearby at Linford Wood Business Park.

Getting there by road

Linford Wood has easy access from the Milton Keynes grid road system. It can be accessed from H4 Dansteed Way, V8 Marlborough Street (B4034) and H3 Monks Way. Linford Wood is a short drive from both the A5 (leave at the A422) and M1 junction 14.

Free on street parking is available in Linford Wood East on Sunrise Parkway, Foxhunter Drive and Rockingham Drive. Please park considerately to maintain emergency access.

In addition, EGR have granted us kind permission to use their car park (at your own risk), however please DO NOT park in the row of spaces directly beside the building. This car park can be located on Foxhunter Drive right opposite the start line. Postcode is MK14 6FE.

Additional on-street parking is located on Breckland (Linford Wood West), ideal if you need a quick getaway after finishing parkrun.

Please DO NOT park in any other privately owned car park in Linford Wood.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Ora Café - please come and join us!