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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is on The Common, Mulbarton. The course is run entirely on grass. 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 Mulbarton 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.
  • 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.
  • Runners pushing buggies are 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Mulbarton 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

The course consists of 3.75 clockwise laps of The Common and is entirely on grass which can become quite wet and slippery so please be careful. We sometimes use a winter course when the common is too wet but the travel instructions are the same. The start and finish is near the social club marked on the map above.

From November through to the end of March we have an alternative winter course which takes place on Orchard park in Mulbarton. No change to postcode.

Orchard park is situated behind the Scout HQ, and a 5 lap course nearly all on grass. Come into the Village hall car park, past Blakeys Bus Cafe. Straight ahead you will see the Scout HQ, keep left to the side on the path through hedgerow and behind that you'll find us on on the sports field. Please note dogs are not permitted on this course.


  • Parking: Parking is available at Mulbarton Village Hall, The Common, Mulbarton, Norfolk, NR14 8AE and The Worlds End Pub Norwich Road , Mulbarton, Norfolk, NR14 8JT

  • Toilets: Please note there are NO toilet facilities.

Getting There

Location of start

The start and finish is near the social club marked on the map above.

Getting there by public transport

Bus from Norwich: "Purple Line" Service No.37 from Norwich City Centre to Mulbarton. The bus stop for both directions is directly outside The Worlds End Pub Norwich Road, Mulbarton, Norfolk, NR14 8JT

Getting there on foot

The Common can be found on the B1113 in the center of Mulbarton. The Worlds End Pub have kindly suggested that bikes can be left at the pub (at your own risk). The pub is on the B1113 at the Northern end of the Common.

Getting there by road

Mulbarton is located 5 miles South of Norwich on the B1113.

If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is NR14 8AE.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Blakeys Bus, which is situated on the Village Hall car park - please come and join us!