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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 Mortimer Forest (Vinnalls car park), Ludlow. The course is run on a mixture of forest trail paths and hardcore 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

Ludlow 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 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.
  • Unfortunately, the width of some sections is not sufficient to safely accommodate runners pushing buggies.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Ludlow 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

The course starts and finishes at the Vinnalls car park. An initial anticlockwise loop is followed by 2 clockwise laps on undulating, scenic forest trails. There is a short section which is particularly steep, narrow and potentially muddy and slippery when wet.
Unfortunately, the width of some sections is not sufficient to safely accommodate runners pushing buggies.
There is an open central spectator area.


Free car park. No toilets.
For information about Mortimer Forest please see the Forestry Commission website.
For information about Ludlow please see the Ludlow website

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the Vinnalls car park.

Getting there by public transport

Arriving by Train. Turn right out of the station and then left at the T-Junction.
Head south for approximately half mile through town to either Ludford or Dinham Bridge.
Follow ‘Getting there on foot’ as there is no relevant bus service.
Arriving by bike. Follow directions by car or off-road trails.

Getting there on foot

Woodland footpaths and Forest Trails from Ludford and Dinham Bridges.
Use OS Landranger Map 137.

Getting there by road

Ludlow is on B4361 off the A49 between Hereford and Shrewsbury.
From the bridge at Ludford, south of the town, head west on the Whitcliffe Road towards Wigmore for 2.5 miles to Vinnalls car park, Mortimer Forest.
The nearest postcode is SY8 2HF but please note this is a third of a mile to the west of the car park.

Alternative Forestry parking can be found at Black Pool car park, nearest post code SY8 4DY. Vinnalls car park is 3km away from Black Pool car park along forest tracks

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Ludlow Brewery, Station Drive, Ludlow SY8 2PQ - please come and join us!