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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 Oaklands Recreation Ground, Birmingham. The course is run entirely on concrete paths. 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 Oaklands 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 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 Oaklands 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

Three laps along concrete paths with the finish funnel being along the grass. The start is by the large grass mound towards the end of the recreation ground which is clearly visible from all entrances to the park. The course is particularly suitable for people taking part with pushchairs and wheelchair users, as it is on concrete paths.


There are no toilet facilities in the park. However there are toilets available in the Swan Shopping Centre after 9.00.
The recreation ground has 2 playgrounds, an outdoor gym and a skate park.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts by the large grass mound towards the end of the recreation ground. The run brief starts at 08:50.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Operated by National Express West Midlands (Formally Travel WM), the 11c and 11A, 60, X1 & X2 buses all stop at the Swan Island, a 2 minute walk from the recreation ground. Please visit the Bus Times website for timetables.

Getting there on foot

There are entrances on Holder Road, Hob Moor Road and the A4040 just outside the Swan Shopping Centre. All are only 2 minutes walk to the start.

Getting there by road

Just off the Coventry Road A45 in Yardley, Birmingham, a 15 minutes drive from the city centre.

Parking: Small car park on Holder Road (B25 8AS) end of the park, please note, there is no street parking on this road. There is a large free, unlimited use car park by the Swan Shopping Centre across the road from the Recreation Ground. Swan Shopping Centre have granted parkrunners permission to use the car park, but ask that people avoid parking directly in front of the main entrance. We would recommend that you park alongside the right hand side of the car park. Please note that this is an extremely busy road, and we recommend that you use the pedestrian crossing at the one end to cross.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Bake N Butties Cafe, Swan Centre, Yardley - please come and join us!