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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 Nova Centre, Prestatyn. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, concrete paths and grasslands. 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 Nova Prestatyn 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 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 Nova Prestatyn 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 on the prom at the west end of the Nova building and heads in the direction of Rhyl for approx 0.75 miles. You then leave the prom with a sharp left, then right. As the path drops down, you leave it to climb a small grass bank then follow a path which is a mixture of chippings and grass until you rejoin a tarmac path with another sharp left, then right. Follow this main path until you reach a barrier where you bear left down a sandy bank onto the common area. This section has uneven terrain with divots and rocks (so take care). You will be directed across the common to a wooden barrier (which you pass through), then the path starts to narrow and becomes a sandy single track. At the end of this short track you reach the end of the golf course (so beware of flying balls!). A right turn returns you to the prom, and the half way point, and from here it is flat and straight all the way to the finish funnel. The finish funnel is located at the opposite end of the Nova building next to the Offa’s Dyke sculpture (the polo mint).

The whole course is popular with walkers, children, dogs and cyclists so be aware of other users at all times during your parkrun. If you have a dog please keep it on a short lead & under control at all times (only 1 dog per person). The start area is located next to a large car park, please be aware of vehicles and keep a close eye on children.


Toilets are located inside the centre and also to one side, there is a children’s play area and also additional café facilities at another kiosk and amusement centre during summer months.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts next to the lifeguard station at Nova.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Prestatyn’s main bus terminal is approximately 10 minutes by foot from Nova. From the terminal, turn right and continue down Bastion Road towards the beach, which is signposted from the town. As you walk down Bastion Road, you will see Nova in front of you. Alternatively, you can take bus number 35 to Prestatyn Royal Hotel and change to bus number 11G/11M to Nova.

Train: Prestatyn train station is approximately 10 minutes by foot from Nova. From the station, take the foot bridge over the rail track and continue down Bastion Road, towards the beach, which is signposted from the town. As you walk down Bastion Road, you will see Nova in front of you.

Getting there on foot

From town centre walk to bottom of High Street to Prestatyn train station. From the station, take the foot bridge over the rail track and continue down Bastion Road, towards the beach, which is signposted from the town. As you walk down Bastion Road, you will see Nova in front of you.

Getting there by road

Nova is easily accessible from North Wales’ Expressway, A55. Postcode for SATNAV LL19 7EY.
  • From the east: Leave the A55 at Junction 31 and follow the signs for Prestatyn/Nova.
  • From the west: Leave the A55 at Junction 24 and follow the signs for Prestatyn.
There are 3 car parks at the Nova Centre, one each side and one in front of the building

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Nova Centre Cafe - please come and join us!