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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 at Roding Valley Recreation Ground, Loughton. The course is run on a mixture of grass , tarmac paths and wooden bridge . 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 Roding Valley 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.
  • 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 Roding Valley 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 of 2.5km per lap, it is flat course run mainly on grass. The route runs around the perimeter of the park with some narrow gaps and wooden bridges to navigate.


Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at Roding Valley Recreation Ground.

Getting there by public transport

Loughton Underground Station is closest to the venue which is on the Central line.
The 167 bus stops at Roding Road close the the venue.
Other local buses that stop at Loughton Underground Station are the 20 and 397.
Visit the Transport for London website for map and timetables.

Getting there on foot

Loughton Underground station is a ten-minute walk from the park. Turn right out of the station and walk through the alley. Turn right into Roding Road heading under the railway bridge to the traffic lights. Turn left at the lights and immediately right into South View Road. Proceed to the bottom of the road and enter the park where you will find the start of the parkrun.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV use IG10 3BS which is Roding Road and at the end of the road is a small car park.
From northbound (no southbound exit) on the M11 take junction 5, turn left from the slip road then left gain at the traffic lights onto Oakwood Hill, follow this road until the next set of traffic lights and turn left into Roding Road, proceed to the bottom of the road to the small car park. (If full, parking is available in residential streets but please park responsibly and do not block residents’ driveways)
From Loughton town centre follow the high road until you come to Old Station Road, proceed down this road (Sainsburys on your right) to a roundabout, take the second exit to Alderton Hill (Loughton Station is straight head) proceed past Roding Valley High School on your left to the mini roundabout. Turn right into Roding Road and proceed past the traffic lights to the bottom of the rod and the small car park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!