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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 Woodside Gardens, Lymington. The course is run on a mixture of 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 Lymington Woodside 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 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 Lymington Woodside 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

We currently use two routes, depending on course conditions, as some areas of Woodside Gardens become waterlogged after heavy rain. For both courses, the start and finish are in close proximity to the pavilion.

Wet-weather course:
This is the course shown on the map and consists of three laps around the top of the park in an anticlockwise direction. Most of the course is on tarmac, with a short section on gravel and the rest on grass.
Start from the pavilion and head diagonally up towards the tennis courts, then cut through the trees and across the grass to turn right on to the tarmac path next to the pergola. Follow the tarmac path through the ornamental park, past the children’s playground, and through the skate park towards the north exit. Leave the gravel path to follow the signs around the dog-leg before running down the side of the skateboard park to the top oak. From here, continue down to the bottom oak before turning left on to the tarmac path. Follow this path until the left turn across the grass to laps 2 & 3. At the end of the third lap, remain on the tarmac path to finish at the pavilion.

Dry-weather course:
This course consists of 2½ laps, anticlockwise, following the wet-weather course through the ornamental park, with the addition of a loop into the bottom field, so more of this course is on grass.
Start from the pavilion and go towards the skate park, continuing on the gravel path above the skate park towards the north exit. Leave the gravel path to follow the signs around the tree in the top NW corner, then continue alongside the rugby pitch and follow the white stakes across the park, crossing a tarmac path before going through a gap in the hedge. Veer to the right on coming through the hedge, then proceed down to a large oak tree before turning diagonally left towards a clear gap at the end of a row of trees. At this point, turn sharp left and follow the line of trees before making for a gap in the hedge to the left of a container. On emerging from this gap, go past the pavilion and head diagonally up towards the tennis courts, then cut through the trees and across the grass to turn right on to the tarmac path next to the pergola. Follow the tarmac path through the ornamental park, past the children’s playground and round to the skate park. Towards the end of the third circuit of the bottom field, fork right towards the finish, which is situated just below the hedge and to the right of the container


There are toilets located at the north entrance of the park. There is a children’s playground and two tennis courts adjacent to the course.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in close proximity to the pavilion.

Getting there by public transport

Lymington Town train station, with links to Brockenhurst and the main line and the IOW, is 2kms from the start. The bus service between Southampton and Bournemouth, X1/X2 stops at North Street, Milford Road, Lymington, 1km from the start.

Getting there on foot

Woodside gardens is a short walk from the High street via Belmore Lane and Rookes Lane.

Getting there by road

From the West, via the A337, take the 3rd turning at the roundabout after the Shell garage, into Ridgeway lane. Woodside is on the right.
From the East and North, via the A337 Southampton Road, Stanford Hill, take the first turning at the roundabout into Ridgeway Lane, bearing right at the next junction.

Please note, however, that parking at both entrances is very limited and often occupied by other park users. Free parking is available at Priestlands Leisure Centre, North Street SO41 8FZ, and there is a paying car park behind M & S, St Thomas Street, SO41 9NA. Both car parks are a 5 minute jog from Woodside Gardens.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!