The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Pomphrey Hill Playing Fields, Bristol. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, gravel paths, grass and compacted bark-chipped earth . 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 Pomphrey Hill 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.
  • Runners pushing buggies are also 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.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to human’s through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Pomphrey Hill 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


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Course Description

The course is three clockwise laps of the playing fields, starting approximately 100m beyond the pavilion and finishing just before the car park. It’s largely flat and run on gravel or tarmac paths, but with an uphill section of bark-chipped footpath (nicknamed ‘Up Pomphrey’) leading to a stretch on grass, before rejoining a tarmac path leading downhill to complete the lap.

Facilities

Toilets and sheltered area at the pavilion.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts approximately 100m beyond the pavilion.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Firstbus service 48 or 49 from Bristol city centre via Fishponds, and Downend or Staple Hill, or service 18 from Southmead Hospital via Little Stoke, Bristol Parkway Station, University of the West of England, Frenchay Hospital and Downend, to Emersons Green retail centre. From there follow the directions on foot.

Getting there on foot

From Emersons Green retail centre take Church Farm Road and Johnson Road to Pomphrey Hill (approx 15 minutes).

From Mangotsfield take Cossham Street to Pomphrey Hill (approx 8 minutes).
Pomphrey Hill Playing Fields are opposite the junction of Johnson Road with Pomphrey Hill.

Cyclists (and pedestrians) can also use National Cycle Route 410, the Avon Cycleway, which joins the Bristol & Bath Cycleway Route 4 at Mangotsfield Station.

Getting there by road

From the Bristol Ring Road A4174:
Please note there are roadworks between junction 1 M32 and the Bromley Heath roundabout which may cause extensive delays, alternate routes are advised.

From the north: exit at Dramway roundabout, take B4465 towards Pucklechurch, first right onto Shortwood Hill and continue as it becomes Main Road and then Pomphrey Hill.

From the south: take third exit at the Siston Hill roundabout, first left on Carsons Road and continue as it becomes Rodway Hill, take first right after Mangotsfield School on Cossham Street to Pomphrey Hill.

The car park is opposite the junction of Johnson Road with Pomphrey Hill, with additional parking available off Johnson Road.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Pomphrey Hill Sports Pavilion - please come and join us!