The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Northala Fields Park, Ealing. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, firm gravel paths and pebbly section. 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.
The Northala Fields 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 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 Northala Fields parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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
The course is a single lap which takes in both Northala Fields and Rectory Park. Starting behind the café, the route starts with an anticlockwise loop behind the three large mounds, heads out for an anticlockwise loop of Rectory Park, then returns to the café for a final clockwise loop behind the three large mounds, finishing beside the cafe.
Parking: There are two car parks which are free to use: a small one on the A40 slip road (closest to the start) and a larger one on Kensington Road (300m jog to the start, nearest postcode UB5 6AH).
Toilets: At rear of San Remo café building.
Disabled access/facilities: A mixture of tarmac and crushed brick/gravel path surfaces with some steep slopes, gently sloping spiral path to the panoramic viewpoint at the top of mound three. There is good provision of benches throughout the park.
Playgrounds: There are two well-equipped playgrounds for the under-14s: one in the centre of the park near the café, with wooden style play equipment and a large slide; another near the Kensington Road car park.
Panoramic viewpoint: at the top of mound three.
Focal core area (near café): Model boating lake, six fishing lakes, and three wildlife ponds. A colourful mosaic and a range of interesting wooden sculptures.
Location of start
The run starts behind the café.
Getting there by public transport
Bus: E10 stops on Kensington Rd; routes 90, 120, 140 and 282 to the Target Roundabout; routes E9, E7, 120, 282, 90 & 140 Church Road/White Hart roundabout enter through Rectory Park. Find full details on the Transport for London website.
Tube: Northolt (Central Line) on Mandeville Rd, approximately 800m walk.
Cycling and walking: Open 24 hours to pedestrians and cyclists. There are a number of bicycle locking stands located throughout the park.
Getting there on foot
From Kensington Road car park: take the main path towards the San Remo café, with the play area to your left and the grassy mounds to your right.
From A40 slip road car park: head between the grassy mounds on the path which bears right, which leads to the San Remo café.
From the Target Roundabout: take the footpath heading south-east into the park towards the four grassy mounds. Keeping the mounds to your left, head towards the San Remo café.
From Rectory Park or Bengarth Road: head towards the grassy mounds. The San Remo café is just before the mounds and just after the lake area.
Getting there by road
Both car parks can be accessed:
- via the Target Roundabout on the A40: exit the roundabout in the direction of the eastbound A40 (into London) but stay in the left hand lane, taking the slip road rather than the A40. At the T-junction at the foot of the slip road, turn right to head under the A40. Turn right again for the car park on the A40 slip road, or carry straight on for the Kensington Road car park.
- via the Ruislip Road/Lady Margaret Road roundabout taking the Kensington Road exit.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the San Remo café - please come and join us!