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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 in Rushcliffe Country Park on gravel paths and off road. 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 Rushcliffe 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 Rushcliffe 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

A two-lap course around the edge of Rushcliffe Country Park, followed by a short straight to the finish. The course consists of gravel paths and is generally flat, quick and ideal for runners of all abilities.

The finish line as approximately 250m from the start area.


Getting There

Location of start

The start is located adjacent to the children’s play area on the park. Leave the main car park at the far end, by the gate marked ‘emergency access’, and follow the wide footpath for about 200m. The play area and the start line will be right in front of you.

The children’s play area is sign-posted from all pedestrian entrances into the park.

Getting there by public transport

Buses run to Ruddington from Nottingham City Centre, via West Bridgford (Nottingham City Transport routes 3 and 10 - alight at The Green), and from Loughborough (Kinchbus route 9 ? alight on Loughborough Road close to Mere Way which is the road entrance into the park).

It is approximately an 800m, sign-posted walk from both bus stops to the park.

Getting there on foot

There are several pedestrian entrances into the park, from the main A60 road, Ruddington village or off Asher Lane that extends around the perimeter.

The children’s play area is sign-posted from all pedestrian entrances into the park.

Getting there by road

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From Nottingham city centre follow signs to the A52 south. Join the A52 and head towards Grantham until you reach an island for the junction with the A60. Take the A60 towards Loughborough. At the next roundabout, in approximately 1.5 miles, turn right on to Mere Way, which is the main entry road into the park.

From Loughborough follow signs to the A60. Join the A60 and head north towards Nottingham. At the first roundabout you reach, in approximately 9 miles, turn left on to Mere Way, which is the main entry road into the park.

Access to the park is free. There is a £1 car parking charge in operation, payable at the pay and display machines located in the main car park.

An annual pass is available for our regular runners. Please apply at for a pass. The park rangers or a member of the core event team can give you more information.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at The Education Centre at Rushcliffe Country Park - please come and join us.