The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. It's run in Lydiard Park on paved tracks with a small section 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

Lydiard 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.
  • 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 one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • 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 Lydiard 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

Lydiard parkrun is a two lap course starting outside the Forest Cafe by the Hook street entrance and car park. As you pass through the start line, pick up the gravel path, through the corridor of trees heading towards the ‘goose foot’ junction. A 90 degree left turn takes you onto the long avenue and out to the west circuit of the park.
After a slight uphill start, the course goes gradually downhill for approximately half the lap before a steady uphill slog into a wooded area. Exit the wooded area, a sharp right turn for the completion of the first lap. At the end of the second lap, keep to the right and follow the marshals directions towards the majestic Lydiard House, into the finish funnel and the coveted finish token.


Car Parking is available for both the Hook street and Hay Lane entrances to the Park. Grass overflow parking is available through the summer and when conditions allow. Toilets are close to the start line.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts outside the Forest Cafe by the Hook street entrance and car park.

Getting there by public transport

Buses run frequently from Fleming Way, 5 minutes walk from Swindon Railway Station, Thamesdown Transport No1 and 1A (make sure the bus destination says Middleleaze or Ramleaze).

Getting there on foot

Getting there by road

From Oxford: follow A419 to M4 exit J16 and follow the brown signs to Lydiard Park.
From Swindon Centre: follow signs to West Swindon and then brown signs to Lydiard Park.
From Cirencester / M5: turn off the A419 at the Turnpike Junction. Following the signs to North Swindon along Thamesdown Drive. Follow signs for West Swindon (B4534) along Mead Way. Turn right onto Whitehill Way and follow the brown signs to Lydiard Park.

Parking charges apply in Lydiard Park. Please see the parking signage for charges and ways to pay.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Forest Cafe - please come and join us.