The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in West End Park, March. The course is run on a mixture of grass , tarmac paths and gravel 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

The March 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.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or 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 also 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.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to human's through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.

We hope these tips help to ensure that March 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

A flat four-lap clockwise course on grass with some paths. There are a few uneven areas to be aware of. The run starts near the children's playground near the entrance to the park by the George Campbell Leisure Centre car park.
From the start, run straight towards the 'nudge fit' area, keeping the children's playground to your right, bearing left of the lamppost as you cross the path. Carry straight on, then bear left through the trees (as signed) and then curve right onto the the left hand side of the park, keeping the wooden posts to your left. Now carry straight on towards the top left hand corner of the park where you will be directed to go right across the back of the park.
The ground is uneven here, so please be careful. Turn right (as directed) down the small bank onto the stony path and then follow the path until you come out of the wooded area onto the tarmac path. Carry straight on and then with the bridge to your left, bear slight left (as directed) onto the path (keeping the river on your left) until you reach the steps.
Go up the steps and then keeping the flower bed to your right and the skate park on your left, head towards the start keeping the trees/cones to your right. Repeat this lap four times but on the last lap, turn sharp right when you reach the top of the steps and head towards the bandstand to the finish area.

Facilities

There are public toilets near the park and the George Campbell Leisure Centre is available for changing and toilets also.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts near the children's playground near the entrance to the park by the George Campbell Leisure Centre car park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus No 33 from Peterborough/Whittlesey.
Bus no 35 from Huntingdon.

Trains from Peterborough and Ely come into March Station. Please see the National Rail website for more details.
From there it is approximately 1.5 miles (20-minute walk) to the park along Station Road into the centre of town and then over the Town Bridge. Turn sharp right to take a short-cut via the foot path to the park behind the library keeping to the path on the right with the river on your right. Go up several steps over the bank to your left and you will see the bandstand in front of you.

Getting there on foot

From the centre of March - up the High Street towards the B1101 towards Chatteris, over the Town Bridge then turn sharp right at a travel agent (if you get to Costa, you’ve gone too far) to take a short-cut via a footpath to the park behind the library, keeping to the path on the right with the river on your right. Go up several steps over the bank to your left and you will see the bandstand in front of you.
From the police station - carry on past the police station and follow the road round to the right to the George Campbell Leisure Centre. The bandstand is visible from the park entrance.

Getting there by road

From the A141 from the south, come into March on Burrowmoor Road and turn left by the Police Station (almost in the centre of town) into the City Road car park.
From the A141 from the North (Wisbech/Peterborough), come into March on the B1099 into Dartford Road and then Turn Right at the Traffic Lights into the High Street, go over the Town Bridge through the High Street and Turn Right by the Police Station on City Road. There is ample parking available in the City Road Car Park.
Sat nav: PE15 9LT

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Royal Exchange Tea Parlour, 1 Market Place, March, PE15 9JF - please come and join us!