The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Rother Valley Country Park, Sheffield. The course is run on a mixture of rolled limestone road, tarmac paths and gravel 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

Rother Valley 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 one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • 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 Rother 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

The 5km loop begins on a wide tarmac road (with a few speed humps to negotiate) and continues to the gate near cable water ski area and around the bottom of the large lake. The surface changes to a rolled limestone / gravel path alongside both lakes. Head through two gates which take you around the Northern Lake area, then take a right turn through the causeway between the Northern Lake and Main Lake (next to the play area). Take a sharp left turn around the play area and follow the lake path towards the main car park and finish on the grass between the miniature train track and the lake path.
This is quite a flat route and in a lovely country park on the borders of Rotherham, Sheffield, Worksop and Chesterfield.


  • Park in the main car park, overspill and Watersports car parks as directed by the marshals.
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  • >Toilets are open from 08:30 and are located by the courtyard outside the Stables cafe.
  • The café normally opens for 10 am however on parkrun days it will open for 9.30 am. We'd love to see you afterwards at the Stables café area at the courtyard for a chat and refreshments.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on the wide tarmac road on the way towards Northern Lake, before the free play area. The start line is opposite the concrete area for crossing over the miniature train track.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The nearest public transport stop is one mile away from the park. Routes from Sheffield Road at Killamarsh, Rotherham Road at Norwood, Rother Valley Way at Sothall, all have public rights of way into the park.
Please allow time to walk to the main park to get to the start at 9 am.

Tram: The Supertram Blue Route from Sheffield to Halfway stops at Westfield. The park is sign posted with blue signs and is approx one mile from the stop and another mile walk to the start of park run.

Getting there on foot

The park is on the Trans Pennine Trail and Sustrans Route 6 and has 20 public rights of way into the park area. The park is located near Sothall, Beighton, Westfield, Wales Bar, Kiveton and Killamarsh.

Getting there by road

To travel to the park from M1 Junction 31 follow the brown signs. Take the A57 towards Sheffield, at the roundabout turn left on the A618 towards Wales Bar, Clowne and Mansfield. At the traffic lights go straight on and down the hill, at the bottom of the hill turn right into the park entrance.
Please do not follow the sat nav directions using the post code as this takes you to an industrial estate, follow the brown directional signs instead.

The parking charges are £1.00 per hour at Rother Valley Country Park (up to £6.00 for the day). Please enter through the automatic barriers and head to the car parks. Payment (by cash or card) is made before you leave at the Paystations located in the cafe courtyard and inside the Watersports centre, or you can use a card when exiting at the barriers.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Stables café area at the courtyard - please come and join us!