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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 in Pontypool Park, Torfaen. The course is run entirely on tarmac 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 Pontypool 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 Pontypool 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

This is a two lap course. It is relatively flat with a few gentle climbs, one short sharp climb, two 90 degree turns and two 180 degree turns. The route follows tarmac paths within the Park but is liable to some flooding in bad weather particularly near the start / lap turn around.


Getting There

Location of start

The run starts approximately 100m from the park gates.

Getting there by public transport

For buses stopping at Pontypool Town Centre the Italian Gardens entrance to the Park can be found off Clarence Street near to the council offices, follow the main path to the Rugby stadium and Active Living Centre.
For bus services to Pontypool follow this link

Getting there on foot

Pontypool Park can be reached from the south via the Brecon & Mon canal tow path or the cycle path. From the North can be reached by the same cycle path, the Park is located next to Pontypool town centre. Once in the Park head for the Active Living Centre or Rugby stadium, continue on main path through park heading south towards park gates. The start is approximately 400m from Active Living Centre / 100m from main park gates

Getting there by road

From south or east approach Pontypool via A472, and take 1st exit (Pontymoile Junction), at traffic lights at end of slip road turn right then left at next lights. After next set of lights Pontypool Park and Active living centre (NP4 8AT) can be found approx 400m on your right. Turn right onto Trosnant St., car parking can be found on your left or right off Trosnant St.

From the north (Blaenafon) approach Pontypool on the A4043 past Tesco’s Supertore andat Clarence roundabout take 1st exit then 3rd exit at mini roundabout onto Clarence round heading south, take 1st left onto Trosnant St. car parking can be found on left or right off Trosnant St.

From the west at Crumlin lights take A472 via Hafoddrynys and continue on to Pontypool at roundabout after speed camera take 1st exit then 3rd exit at next roundabout onto Clarence road heading south, take 1st left onto Trosnant St. car parking can be found on left or right off Trosnant St.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Active Living Centre where the cafe now hosts a 'dog cafe' too. Dogs are welcome to come in and they sell doggie treats too - please come and join us!