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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Braywick Park, Maidenhead. The course is run on a mixture of hard trail paths and loose gravel. 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 Maidenhead 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 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 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 Maidenhead parkrun 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

Maidenhead parkrun is a clockwise, two lap course starting on the Braywick Park sports fields. After about 300 metres, the course takes a sharp left turn and heads down a short hill before beginning a full clockwise lap of the nature reserve. At the end of the lap, as the route heads away from the nature reserve, please keep to the left as you may encounter participants starting their second lap at this point. You will then climb a short, sharp hill before looping back around to the initial downhill section (again, please stay left). A second lap is then run, after which you will take a left turn to the finish.

Facilities

Toilets are available outside the Maidenhead AC clubhouse near the running track.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on the open sports fields at Braywick Park approximately 200 metres behind Stafferton Lodge. To get to the start go along the road between Stafferton Lodge (on your right) and the all weather pitches and football cages (on your left), turn right at the small car park and you will find the meeting point at the far end of the car park.

Getting there by public transport

There are frequent trains to Maidenhead from Oxford, Reading and London Paddington.

Courtney Buses and First operate bus services that pass by Braywick Park.

Getting there on foot

Maidenhead parkrun is a 10 minute walk from the mainline train station. Head south under along the A308 and once under the railway bridge please use the pedestrian crossing to get to the east side of the road to avoid having to cross the dual carriageway where it is unsafe to do so.

Getting there by road

From the M4: Take junction 8/9 to the A308(M). At the roundabout, take the first exit. In approximately 500m, merge into the right-hand lane to cross the dual carriageway into Braywick Park.

From Maidenhead town centre: Head south out of Maidenhead, past the train station and under the railway bridge. Take the second exit and continue along the A308 for approximately 500m before turning left into Braywick Park.

Please park in the main car park that you can see immediately on your right as you enter Braywick Park. Other car parks are for permit holders only. Parking is free.

Post Run Coffee

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