The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Prospect Park, Reading. The course is run entirely on 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 Prospect 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.
  • 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 Prospect 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

The course is two relatively flat laps, on grass, round the southern section of the park. The course gets muddy and boggy after rain so trail shoes may be necessary at times. The start and finish is 200m south of the Pavilion car park (please do not park here) near the centre of the park.

Facilities

Toilets with disabled access, open changing rooms, communal showers, children’s play area. No lockers are available. Cycle parking is available near to the artificial sports pitches. The Mansion House bar and restaurant located in the park is 5 minutes walk from the start/finish and serves breakfast and coffee. Parking at the Mansion House is for customer use only.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts 200m south of the Pavilion car park.

Getting there by public transport

By bus:
Take Reading Buses route 33 or 33a to Waverley Road then walk south into the park towards the main car park. Or take the 1 or 2 bus and get off at Circuit Lane then walk north into the park.
By train:
The nearest station is Reading West. Head north from the station to Tilehurst Road then west until you reach the Junction with Liebenrood Road. Walk towards the south side of the park.

Getting there on foot

By foot:
The start/finish is located a few hundred metres to the south of the main car park in the centre of the park. There are pedestrian and cycle entrances to the park from the west (Honey End Lane), south (Bath Road), north (Tilehurst Road).
By cycle:
The park is accessible through the entrances above. Reading Cycle Route R50 runs through the park and National Route N422 runs along the south of the park. Cycle racks are available near to the artificial sports pitches.

Getting there by road

If using Sat Nav the postcode for Meadway Shopping Centre car park is RG30 4AA. Please note it is a 15-20 minute walk from the carpark to the start of Prospect parkrun
From the M4:
Leave at Junction 12 towards Reading. Continue along the A4 Bath Road for approx. 2.5 miles, then follow the directions below.
From the A4 Bath Road:
Turn left (north) onto Honey End Lane at the mini roundabout, then turn left, past Asda and into the Meadway Shopping Centre car park.
From the south:
Head towards central/west Reading until you reach the A4 Bath Road, then follow the directions above.
From the north:
Head south towards central/west Reading until you reach the A4 Bath Road, then follow directions above.

We strongly encourage you to walk, jog, run, cycle or use public transport to arrive at Prospect parkrun. We ask that you please use the large Pay & Display car park at Meadway Shopping Centre, Honey End Lane, Reading, RG30 4AB (near to Asda). Charges are 50p for 1 hour or £1 for 2 hours. Allow 10-15 minutes to walk to the start of Prospect parkrun. Please do not park in Prospect Park. Walking directions from Meadway Shopping Centre car park:
Leave the car park, turn right at the roundabout onto Honey End Lane and head towards the A4 Bath Road. Opposite the junction for Cockney Hill, enter Prospect Park via the small car park to your left. As you enter the park, head for the far side of the park, across the grass (not up the hill) until you reach the signs for the start.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Mansion House - please come and join us!