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The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. It's run in Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park, Oxford on a mixture of grass, narrow paths and tarmac. 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

Oxford 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 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 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 Oxford 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

Scenic run around this beautiful North Oxford park, starting on the grass field between the playground and minature railway. It is essentially a 2 lap course, but in addition starts with two small laps around the grass in an anti-clockwise direction. NOTE: this can be crowded, and faster participants are asked to keep to the OUTSIDE as they pass the back of the field.

We then start the first big lap by heading along the footpath past the cafe on your left. At the end of the path there is a left turn on to the grass where you will run past the volleyball court to join a track (please note the area where joining this track is narrow for a short period). The path then continues around the parameter of the park turning left just past the allotments. At the end of this path turn right on to the grass to continue anti clockwise around the edge of the large field (joining the “Peace Mile”). At the far end of the field the grass then joins a path that turns into a tarmac road. Follow this up the slope and round past the miniature railway on your left and complete a second loop of the route. At the final turn, bear left to finish on the grass where you started.

Facilities

Toilets are available on the side of the Top Pavilion and by the San Remo Cafe. There are two car parks within the park (see below for details). Parking restrictions apply to surrounding residential roads.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts in the northeast of the park, on the grass field between the playground and minature railway, equidistant from both car parks.

Getting there by public transport

By Train and Bus: The nearest station is Oxford Parkway (c. 2.5 km) and there are regular bus services from both Oxford Parkway station and the City Centre which stop at the end of Harbord Road run by the Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach.

Getting there on foot

There are 2 main entrances into the park - one at there northern end off Harbord Road (OX2 8NP) and one off the A40 (OX2 7XD).

Getting there by road

There is one carpark at the northern end of the park off Harbord Road (OX2 8LH) and the other is to the south, off the A40 heading towards Headington (OX2 7XD). (Please note the speed limit on Harbord Road is 20mph.) These are pay and display, but charges only come into effect after 10am.

PLEASE SHOW RESPECT TO LOCAL RESIDENTS BY NOT PARKING IN THE SURROUNDING ROADS.

There is further parking available at the Peartree Park and Ride (a 2km walk) and Oxford Parkway Park and Ride (2.5 km, served by bus).

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The San Remo café. It is within a few hundred meters of the start/finish line. We'd love to see you there and recommend the tea and cakes - please come and join us.