The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Melton Country park, Melton Mowbray. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, trail paths and wooden bridges . 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 Melton Mowbray 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.
  • 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Melton Mowbray 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

This is a 2 lap clockwise course around the stunning Melton Country park. A fast start downhill from the Visitors Centre, the route takes you over a narrow wooden bridge over the lake, under a disused railway arch and on to the challenging uphill section. Once this has been overcome there is a long forgiving downhill section before turning around the allotments and over a second wooden bridge. By now the route is almost totally flat as it takes you between football pitches, across a small sealed tarmac area and back towards the lake. On the first lap, runners are to stay close to the water and rejoin the lap at the first wooden bridge again. On the second lap, runners are to peel off to run towards the Visitors Centre and finish on the grass nearby.

Facilities

Local Visitors Centre has toilets and a café.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the Visitors Centre.

Getting there by public transport

From the train station, make your way up Burton Street, onto Sherrard Street and on to Norman Way where you will find the bottom of Snow Hill (by Halfords). From here, follow the directions as on foot.

The Number 16 bus from St. Mary’s Way (town centre) will drop runners off on Clark Drive. From here there is a three minute walk as you follow Clark Drive to the end, bear left onto Wymondham Way and then right into the park entrance by the Visitors Centre.

Getting there on foot

From the town centre, enter the Country Park from the top of Snow Hill and bear left around the football pitches. Keep following this path around until you are at the Visitors Centre which is right next to the start-line.

Getting there by road

From town centre, head out towards Scalford and turn Right onto Wymondham Way. Follow this to the end and you will enter the main car-park at the Country Park.
John Ferneley College have kindly given us permission to use their car-park on a Saturday morning. From town centre, head out towards Scalford and turn Left into the college. The college is a 5-10 minute walk to the start line - crossing over Scalford Road and taking Clark Drive to the end, turning left onto Wymondham Way and into the Visitor's Centre. There is limited parking on site but we expect this to fill up quickly so would recommend using the College car-park. Please do NOT park on the nearby estate.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Melton Mowbray Visitors Centre Café - please come and join us!