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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 Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd. 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

Pontypridd 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 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 Pontypridd 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

The course at Pontypridd parkrun is 1 small lap followed by three large laps of the park.
The start is adjacent to the tennis courts, directly opposite the footbridge entrance to the park. From the start (facing the footbridge) take a left turn and run alongside the river. When reaching the T-junction a marshal will guide you left, back towards and through the start area. This is the small lap.
Facing the footbridge, you will be directed right by a marshal. Take care of the bollards (they will be highlighted). Run past the Lido building and up towards the main park gates. Bear right when approaching the gates through the raised road barriers. Continue straight on this path and down the slope towards the football field. Take a sharp right. The football field will be on the left - the cricket field will be on the right. Follow the path around to the right keeping the cricket field on your right. When you reach the T junction, a marshal will guide you left along river footpath. When you reach the raised bollards you have completed one lap.
Keep going for another two large laps.
On completing the third lap when you reach the bollards you will be guided right into the finish area, which is clearly marked out.

Participants with dogs and buggies are asked to self-seed where they can at the start.
The course is narrow in places - please take care as you make progress and be aware of the conditions around you.
It is prohibited to run with a dog and a buggy at the same time.


Getting There

Location of start

The event starts adjacent to the tennis courts, directly opposite the footbridge entrance to the park off Taff Street.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The main bus station is located behind the police station. Access to the park can be gained from the Llys Cadwyn Plaza footbridge - a short walk from the bus station.

Train: The course is a short walk from Pontypridd train station via High Street. Train times can be found at

Getting there on foot

The park is in Pontypridd town centre. There is a footbridge off Taffs Street at the bottom of town, a footbridge via Llys Cadwyn Plaza or through the main park gates off Bridge Street.

Getting there by road

The Park lies close to the A470 Pontypridd town centre turn off. There are multiple car parks close to the park, fees apply.
Please note, there are no vehicles allowed in the park. Pontypridd has ample parking. Please download the free Pontypridd Town Guide App for details.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Cafe Lido, located next to the children's play area. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating available. Discounts for parkrunners by showing your parkrun barcode or wristband after the event - please come and join us!