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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Loch Neaton, Watton. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, trail 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 Loch Neaton parkrun, Watton 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.
  • 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.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • 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 Loch Neaton parkrun, Watton 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

The course starts close to the main car park near Loch Neaton. Participants rise up to the Millennium beacon, looping left and back around the former bowling green before sweeping around the old swimming pool. Participants then turn onto the Watton sports centre grass playing fields for three laps, after which participants return to Loch Neaton for one final ‘splash’ around the old pool and finish at the Millennium beacon. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed at this event due to narrowness of paths.

Facilities

During the event the bar and cafe area will be open, with a pavilion area that overlooks the course and refreshments available. Toilets are available in the sports centre. A children’s play area is located at the top end of the route, next to the tennis courts. There is disabled access to the course, however the course may not be suitable for wheelchairs.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts close to the main car park near Loch Neaton.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: There is limited public transport, but the ‘Konect’ bus number 3 comes from Norwich and Thetford, and the number 6 comes only from Norwich. The number 11 bus comes from Dereham. All buses stop in the High Street, which is about a 10-minute walk to the parkrun. You can find timetables by visiting www.konectbus.co.uk/timetables-fares

Train: The nearest train station is Thetford.

Getting there on foot

The town centre is approximately 10 minutes walk from the parkrun. There are a number of routes that lead onto the main A1075 Dereham Road.

Getting there by road

If using a SAT NAV the postcode is IP25 6EZ.

From Norwich on the B1108, towards Watton, at the traffic light crossroads turn right onto Dereham Road, in 400m on the left is the entrance to the sports centre.

From Thetford on the A1075, at the traffic light crossroads carry straight onto Dereham Road, in 400m on the left is the entrance to the sports centre.

From Swaffham on the B1108, at the traffic light crossroads turn left onto Dereham Road, in 400m on the left is the entrance to the sports centre.

From Dereham, on the A1075, continue towards Watton, pass the Watton sign and in 400m on the right is the entrance to the sports centre.

There is plenty of free parking at the venue. Please be mindful of other sports centre users.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Watton Sports Association and Social Club bar - please come and join us!