The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Sconce and Devon Park, Newark. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, bark paths 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

Newark parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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 one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • 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 Newark 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 starts with a 250m initial straight before turning right and beginning 3 anticlockwise laps of a loop, the loop consists of a variety of terrains. The run starts on the Tarmac paths leading down to the nature reserve area which consists of a soft bark path. The barked path then leads up some steps and onto the grassed football pitches. The runners will then follow the grass leading back onto the tarmac path to the start of the loop. After finishing the 3 laps you then follow the initial straight back to finish.


Join us for a parkrun special (a discounted offer for parkrun runners) in the Rumbles Cafe (directly in front of the finish line).

Getting There

Location of start

From the main car park and the Rumbles Cafe there is a main footpath leading onto the park. The start point is approx 50-100m along this path, where there are some tree stumps and benches. The parkrun start location will be signposted; this will be visible from the car park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: the number 77 from Lombard Street in Newark stops at Valley Prospect which is a minute from the park.

Train: the nearest train stations are Newark North Gate and Newark Castle which are both 20-25 minutes from the park.

Getting there on foot

The park is a 5-10 minute walk from the centre of Newark. The nearest entrance to the park is the main entrance on Boundary Road.

Getting there by road

The park lies close to the B6166 Farndon Road which can be accessed via the A46 Farndon roundabout. The exit for the B6166 can be found next to the Lord Ted restaurant/pub. Follow the B6166 Farndon Road for 0.8 miles and take a right turn onto Boundary Road, follow Boundary Road for approx 200ft the park entrance can be seen on the right before the Holy Trinity School. The main car park is free and can be accessed from this entrance.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Rumbles Café - please come and join us!