The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Pocket Park, St Neots. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, trail paths and grass. 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 Pocket 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.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
  • Unfortunately this event is not suitable for wheelchair or buggy users.
  • 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Pocket parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

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 page.

Course Map

Course Description

Pocket parkrun is a two lap course that starts on the path leading from Ernulf Academy / One Leisure to the Willow Bridge. The course starts on wide tarmac paths, before crossing the grass meadows alongside the Willow Bridge. We then run along a forest trail on along the banks of the River Ouse, before finishing on another tarmac path. Portions of the course are on grass meadows, riverbanks and forest trails and can be muddy at times. If you have them, we recommend running in trail shoes. Due to a narrow bridge on the course this parkrun is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies.

Facilities

Toilets, showers and changing facilities are available free of charge, subject to availability, at One Leisure St Neots. A fitness and play area are close to the Chapman Way entrance. There is a boardwalk through some of the reedbed around the conservation lake and a woven willow hide where you can observe the wildlife. St Neots campsite is located adjacent to the course.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on the path leading from Ernulf Academy / One Leisure to the Willow Bridge.

Getting there by public transport

Train: Pocket Park is a 2.5km walk from St Neots railway station. Leaving the station from the St Neots side, head left down station road for 200m, turn right into Cambridge Street and then immediately left into Cromwell Road. You will eventually reach a large roundabout on which the One Leisure centre is prominently located. Take the small path alongside the leisure centre which is signposted towards Willow Bridge.
Bus: There are no bus routes that operate early on a Saturday morning.
Taxi: There is a taxi rank and office at St Neots railway station.

Getting there on foot

The course is easily accessible from St Neots town centre (1.6 km), Eynesbury (0.6 km), and Eaton Socon (2km across the Willow Bridge), by following signposts to Ernulf / Willow Bridge. Part of the course is along the Ouse Valley Way which is a well signposted 230 km walking route that follows the route of the Great River Ouse. National Cycle Route 51 leads directly to the start finish area.

Getting there by road

Pocket parkrun is located just off the A1 in the Eynesbury area of St Neots. SatNav users should use PE19 2SA as the postcode.
Leaving the A1 at the Wyboston exit (sign-posted for St Neots and Cambridge), head along the A428 until you reach a roundabout next to a large Tesco. You should take the first exit at this roundabout onto Barford Road / B1043 until you reach the One Leisure centre, which is on the left hand side of the road. From Cambridge you should head west along the A428 towards Bedford and St Neots until you reach the B1043 / Barford Road. There is ample free parking at One Leisure St Neots, which is a five minute walk from the start.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in One Leisure café - please come and join us!