The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Appley Park, Ryde and is run over footpath and grass sections. 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

Medina I.O.W. 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 Medina I.O.W. 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 start on the green above the car park at Appley Park.
We do a loop of the green, then pick up the path at the top of the green, and follow it all the way to the promenade. We turn left, and left again to follow the path that runs through the small copse. At the end of that path, we turn right and head back to the promenade. We then turn right and run all the way along the promenade, with the beach huts on our right, until we reach the end. We then turn right, and right again to run back through 'The Moat'. At the end of 'The Moat', we head back along the promenade until we reach 'The Big Hill'. We turn left and run up the hill. We head to the end of that path and finish with a second loop of the green, this time in the opposite direction to before.


Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on the green above the car park at Appley Park, Ryde. The postcode is PO33 1ND.

Getting there by public transport

From the mainland

The best way to get to parkrun is to catch the hovercraft or the FastCat from Portsmouth. Both forms of transport will arrive close to Ryde Pier. The start is a fifteen minute walk away. Just keep the sea to your left until you reach Appley Park.

From Newport Bus Station

Southern Vectis bus number 9 will take you to Ryde bus station. From there, the start is a fifteen minute walk away. Just keep the sea to your left until you reach Appley Park.

Getting there on foot

Make your way to Ryde sea front. From there, the start is a fifteen minute walk away. Just keep the sea to your left until you reach Appley Park.

Getting there by road

From Newport

Follow the A3054 to Ryde Esplanade and turn right at the roundabout at the bottom of Union Street. Follow the road which is next to the sea until you reach Appley Park. Best place to park is around the boating lake.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at The Appley Beach Cafe, Ryde, PO33 1ND - please come and join us!