Please do not attend parkrun if you display any COVID-19 symptoms
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.
The Pontypridd 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.
- 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.
- Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
- 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.
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 DescriptionThe 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.
Due to the nature of the course dogs are not allowed at this event.
The course may be unsuitable for buggies, please contact the team in advance for further information.
Location of startThe 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 www.tfwrail.wales
Getting there on footThe 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 roadThe 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.