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The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. 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.
  • 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.
  • You are welcome to take part with a dog, but please keep the dog on a short lead or short 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 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 Melton Mowbray 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

This is a 2 lap anti-clockwise course around the stunning Melton Country Park. Starting on the grass near the Visitors Centre, the route takes you around a sharp left bend as you go down Nina's Hill towards the lake. There is a sizeable flat section as the path crosses a short sealed tarmac section and between football pitches.

Crossing a wooden bridge takes you onto a short trail section before the one significant climb up to the back corner. From here there is a much more gradual climb to the top of 40 Oaks - a steep downhill section that takes you under a disused railway bridge and over a wooden bridge. From here you either take a left and follow the tree line for the second lap, or you go straight on up a tough but short climb to the finish line by the Visitors Centre, and finish on the grass nearby.

Facilities

Local Visitors Centre has toilets and a café.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on the grass near 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.

There is limited parking on site but we expect this to fill up quickly.

There is a second car park within the park, but this is a 5-10 minute warm up jog through the park to the start. This car park can be found on Willow Drive using postcode LE13 1UA.

Post Run Coffee

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