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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 in Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley Abbey, Southampton and run on a mix of tarmac, compacted gravel and 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 Netley Abbey 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.
  • 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 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Netley Abbey 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

The course will be mainly flat, fast and on tarmac, compacted gravel paths and grass.

Start at the green pin, follow the gravel path south east past the front of the Chapel.

At the end of the path, follow the path to the left (heading NE), up the hill and then enter Bluebell Wood (shown with the blue pin). Take a left onto the road back to the railway station and then take another left onto the road back towards the Chapel Field.

Follow the service road to the NE of the Chapel Field entering the field via a gap in the fencing.

Follow the NE edge of the field until the second tree after the Chapel and then head west across the field back to the start area.

That's the first lap. Repeat this for laps 2 and 3. At the end of the 3rd lap, rather than head back to the start area, enter the finish funnel (shown with a red pin).


Getting There

Location of start

The start area, shown with the green pin, is towards the north western end of the gravel path that runs in front of the Heritage Centre. Toilet facilities, which open at 8am, are available next to the Cedar Tea Rooms which are a few minutes walk from the start area.

Getting there by public transport

Train: Royal Victoria Country Park is located approximately 5-10 minutes walk from Netley Station. Trains running from both Southampton and Portsmouth & Southsea stop at Netley Station. Trains from Southampton Central take approximately 20 minutes to reach Netley and trains from Portsmouth & Southsea take approximately 40 minutes to reach Netley. For timetables, please see the South West Trains website.

Bus: Netley is served by the First Group bus service operating between Southampton and Hamble. For timetables, please see the First Group website.

Getting there on foot

Royal Victoria Country Park is accessible by both foot and bike via the A3024/A3025. The park is clearly signposted from Bursledon, Southampton and Hamble.

Getting there by road

Royal Victoria Country Park is accessible by road from the M27 via the A3024 and A3025 by following the brown tourist signs.

For GPS, the park Post Code is SO31 5GA.

Ample car parking is available in the park. Car parking charges apply and a ticket less system is in use. Prices are reviewed annually and can be found on the Hampshire County Council website.

How the system works:

1. Drive in - No ticket needed. Your registration number is noted automatically.
2. Pay anytime - You can pay at any time during your stay.
3. Payment options:
Card - The machines take card payments (contactless and chip’n’pin).
Cash - The machines take cash (coins and £5 notes) but do not give not give change.
Annual Pass - The system will recognise your car and open the barriers (no need to visit a pay station).
4. Drive out - The system matches the payment and the registration number and the exit barrier opens.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Cedar Tea Rooms - please come and join us.