The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Markshall Estate, Colchester. The course is run on a combination of grass, gravel paths and permanent 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

Markshall Estate 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 Markshall Estate 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 start is a 10-minute walk from the car park, just beyond the coach house and barns on the tarmac road that leads north through the estate. A left turn will take you through the picturesque arboretum along a gravel and concrete track, and out the other side. The course takes you left onto a track that leads you past the finish area, shop and cafe. Turn left over the bridge, up the hill, left again at the top onto the tarmac road back towards the start for the second lap. The finish is on a grassy area near the café and car park.


Toilets are available next to the café.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts close to the coach house.

Getting there by public transport


Getting there on foot

There are several public footpaths that lead onto the Markshall Estate, all marked on Ordnance Survey maps and the free App.

Getting there by road

From the A120, take the B1024 turning signposted Earl’s Colne. Take the next left onto Marks Hall Road, and follow this single-track road until you arrive at the estate. Follow signposts to the public car park, which will take you left down a hill.

From Earl’s Colne, head towards Coggeshall on the B1024. After passing the turning to Buckley’s Lane on your left, take the next turning on your right onto Marks Hall Road. Follow this single-track road until you arrive at the estate. Follow signposts to the public car park, which will take you left down a hill.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Orchard Kitchen Café - please come and join us!