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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 Whinfield Recreation Ground, Rugby. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, shale paths and 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 Rugby 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.
  • 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 Rugby 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 starts on the grass of the “Main Field”, adjacent to Butlin Road facing the changing room block.

The start involves short section on grass by the changing rooms on the left, then joining the shale path for a full lap of the of the main field heading in a clockwise direction towards Clifton Road.

Keeping the changing rooms to the right, the route joins the shale path and cuts back across the field towards the start area.

Turning left back onto the tarmac path, the route leaves the main field through the gates and joins the connecting path towards the off-road “Wilderness Section”. Turn left at the first entrance to the field (marshalled) and proceed down the hill towards the eastern end of the field. Please note that this section can be muddy after prolonged spells of wet weather.

Turn right at the bottom of the hill running around the turnaround tree and make your way up the hill. At the top of the hill exit the field via the gate and re-join the connecting path turning right heading back towards the start. You’re not done yet though…

After the chicane by the allotments, take a left turn into the third field and join the shale path heading west towards the entrance to Eastlands Primary School. Follow the signs and directions from marshals around the perimeter of this field, which becomes a grass surface after the entrance to the school. After completing three sides of this field follow signs and marshal directions to exit the field by the connecting path to complete the first lap and re-join the tarmac path of the main field.

Follow the course for a second lap until reaching the end of the third field. Instead of exiting the field back to the main field, follow the signs and marshal instructions to the right towards the finish area.

Runners with trail shoes might want to use them after prolonged spells of wet weather. Our course can be wet and muddy in some areas.


There are no toilets at Whinfield Rec. The nearest public toilets are in the town centre.
There is free car parking available in the park.
Parking is restricted on Butlin Road and sections of Clifton Road. See Getting There for more information.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the grass of the “Main Field”, adjacent to Butlin Road facing the changing room block.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Regular bus services run to and from the town centre providing links with the local area and surrounding region. For further information on bus routes and timetables, please visit the Rugby Borough Council website.

Train: Rugby train station is situated less than a mile from the start and finish of the course. Rugby has regular train services run by London Midland and Virgin Trains throughout the day to London, the North West and the rest of the Midlands including direct trains to Birmingham, Coventry and Northampton. Visit the National Rail website for timetables. Transfer is by Taxi, bus or on foot.

Getting there on foot

From the West: (Rugby Town Centre) From the Market Square follow Church Street / B5414 heading east passing Lawrence Sherriff School on your right.

From the West: (Hillmorton Road, A428 and the A5) Follow the A428 (Hillmorton Road) west towards Rugby town centre. At the first roundabout, next to the Memorial Gates turn right along Whitehall Road with Lawrence Sheriff School on your left.

From the North: (Rugby Train Station) From Railway Terrace, join Murray Road and proceed south heading towards Rugby town centre.

From the South: (Dunchurch Road, A426) Follow the A426 (Dunchurch Road) north towards Rugby town centre. At Rugby School by the William Webb Ellis statue turn right onto Hillmorton Road (A428) keeping Rugby School on your right. At the first roundabout, turn left along Whitehall Road keeping Lawrence Sheriff School on your left.

All routes now converge and at the roundabout, cross using the pedestrian crossings and join Clifton Road following signs towards Clifton-upon-Dunsmore. Whinfield Recreation Ground is on Clifton Road, on your right opposite the Jolly Brewers Pub.
The meeting area is by the changing rooms opposite Rugby Town FC.

Getting there by road

Rugby is well blessed with road connections to motorways with easy access to the M6, M1 and M45. Access to the town is from junction 1 of the M6 via the A426, junction 18 of the M1 via the A428, or the M45/A45 via the A426.
Most town centre parking is pay-and-display, but there is parking at Whinfield Rec at the end of Butlin Road. If using SATNAV, please use the following postcode:
  • Butlin Road, Rugby, CV21 3SD

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Canal Lounge @ Bridge 66 at Clifton Wharf, CV23 0EY - please come and join us!