The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Penallta House, Caerphilly. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and trail 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.
The Penallta 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 Penallta 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
This is a one lap course with two out & back sections, within Park Penallta Country Park, utilising route 47 of the national cycle network. Runners are asked to keep on the left side throughout. It’s mostly flat terrain with just one short rise (known as Bea’s Hill) and mainly on tarmac.
Starting by the Tredomen Park entrance to Penallta Park the path rises gently North West until a left turn over a railway bridge. This takes runners out and back up Bea’s Hill. Upon returning to the bridge the path continues North West eventually reaching the second out and back spur alongside the railway. Runners are once again reminded to keep left though the open gate into this section. Once this is completed runners turn left through the willow tunnel, around the lake and emerge back on to the outgoing path turning left to head for home. At this point the route simply heads runners South East back to the start point with the last 1 km being a gentle downward slope.
At the start point there is a large map board where the parkrun route is clearly visible.
Free car parking & toilet facilities are available at Caerphilly Borough Council buildings.
Location of startThe run starts by the Tredomen Park entrance to Penallta Park .
Getting there by public transportService C16 - Caerphilly to Nelson, Service C17 - Bargoed to Caerphilly
Getting there on footFrom Ystrad Mynach station follow the access road to the A472. Turn left and walk 100m along the road. The park is signposted on the other side of the road. From Hengoed Station follow Route 47 “The Celtic Trail” for 2 miles west to Penallta Park.
If coming by bike, Route 47 “The Celtic Trail” runs through the park.
Getting there by roadFollow the brown tourist sign for “Penallta Park” from the Tredomen roundabout on the A472 at Ystrad Mynach. Parking is available around the Caerphilly Borough Council building “Ty Penallta” on Tredomen Park.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Tesco, Ystrad Mynach - please come and join us!