The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. It's run in Seaclose Park and Medina sports field in Newport, Isle of Wight 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

The Medina I.O.W. 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 Medina I.O.W. 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

Start at the big oak tree halfway down the middle field seaclose side.
Run across the centre of the field to the gap keeping close to the left markers and marshalls will direct you cross the gap down the little slope turn right run up to the edge of the field turn left run across the field to the turn left arrow run down to the tree at the tree turn left across the field to arrow turn left this will bring you back to the gap at the gap turn right and right again keeping in your lanes.

Run down to the bottom of the field where you will turn left across the field to the corner at the arrow turn left.

Run up past the start until the right turn arrow.

Turn right and proceed along concrete path into Seaclose.
At the end of the path turn right follow pathway along the river until you reach the arrow turn left run across the field towards the portacabins at the arrow turn left follow the path to the arrow pointing right

Turn runners right up the hill up the field run up the edge of the sea close field until you reach the big tree turn left at tree follow arrows through the middle path of the arboretum until you reach the path into medina continue on following the arrows run down to the start 1lap completed of you go again.

When you return the second time down the path through the arboretum continue straight on to the finish.

Medina parkrun alternate venue

Medina parkrun can be held at Appley Park in Ryde, when Medina is unusable and from June 1st due to the IOW Festival at Seaclose/Medina. If the event is going to take place at Appley Park we will always put a note on the News page to let everyone know. Please check the News page page on a Friday to see if the event is at Appley Park.

We meet above the top car park at 8.45am, there are three different routes for our run in this park. Look out for the parkrun flag at the start and finish.
There is plenty of parking (though not free) in the Park, or road side parking on the Esplanade if you want to save some pennies, but only until 10am.
From the Bus Station/Hovercraft/Pier go along the Esplanade. When you get to the Boating Lake keep it on your RIGHT. At the "3 Buoys" cafe follow the hill up past the Rowing Club into the park PO33 1ND is the post code.
There are two or three cafes along the park, plus toilets just prior to the start finish area.

Facilities

Getting There

Location of start

Seaclose Park and Medina sports field in Newport, Isle of Wight, and we meet at Medina Leisue Centre.

Getting there by public transport

From East Cowes Car Ferry

The number 1 bus meets every RedJet ferry and goes to Newport bus station.

From Ryde

The number 9 bus goes to Newport every 10 minutes.

From Newport Bus Station

Bus numbers 5, 9, 25 and 33 all stop at Medina Leisure Centre; number 9 runs every 10 minutes.

Getting there on foot

From Newport town centre, going North East along Fairlee Road, the leisure centre is located on the left hand side by Medina High School

Getting there by road

From East Cowes car ferry

take the second exit on the roundabout onto Well Road (A3021), then take the A3054 towards Newport.

From Fishbourne car ferry

proceed to the T-junction and take the A3054 towards Newport

If you park in the tennis courts the better option is to walk over the mound as the pathway and ground at the top end of the field is very boggy.
If you park in the car park walk down the side path to the start.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at The Sunflower Cafe, Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Halberry Lane, Newport, PO30 2ER - please come and join us.