The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Queens Avenue, Aldershot. We are running on our alternative Wellesley course until late January due to pavement works being carried out on our main course. The course is run on a mixture of park paths and canal tow 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

The Rushmoor 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.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on this course.
  • Unfortunately due to the narrow paths this course is not suitable for buggies.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to human’s through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Rushmoor 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 starts on the canal next to the Fox Lines car park, which is on the corner of Queens Avenue and Princes Avenue. From the start we go east to the first junction along the canal towpath, turning at the first junction back onto the forest path. We follow that back to the main path, where we follow the canal all the way to Birch Trail, at which point we follow that path round, again returning to the canal path when we run back along the canal. We then pass the start area and run back along the east section of the course, following a bigger loop by taking the second path on the east side and then following the forest path to the finish.
Due to the narrow paths on this alternative course, unfortunately dogs are not allowed and it is not suitable for buggies.

Facilities

Toilets are available across Queens Road from the start in the Army Rugby Stadium, accessed via the Garrets Cafe car park. A changing room is also available in the Garrets Cafe next to the Stadium.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on the canal next to the Fox Lines car park, which is on the corner of Queens Avenue and Princes Avenue.

Getting there by public transport

We are situated approximately 2.5 miles from Aldershot Railway Station and 1.5 miles from North Camp Railway Station. There is no connecting bus service from North Camp Station to Queens Avenue in Aldershot but the No. 1 route Stagecoach Goldline bus service runs from Aldershot Railway Station every 10 minutes. There is a stop in Queens Avenue, a short walk from the start.
The No. 1 route bus service also connects Farnborough Main Railway Station.

Getting there on foot

The Basingstoke canal towpath runs from Woking to Queens Avenue and also from Fleet/ Basingstoke in the other direction. The course is about a 30 minute walk from Aldershot town centre along Hospital Hill and then Queens Avenue.

Getting there by road

From the A331 North Camp exit and head down Lynchford Road towards Farnborough. At the next roundabout turn left onto Queens Avenue. Take the second exit at the next roundabout. The course is on the playing fields to your right about a quarter of a mile down the road. Parking is in the Sports Centre, car park 6, next to the Garrison Sports Centre. To reach this turn left into Princes' Avenue at the traffic lights after passing the Army Rugby Stadium on your left. Follow the road round to the left and then follow the road to the end, turning left before the barracks. The car park is on your left and is signposted from Queens Avenue. Please do not park in any of the other car parks.

From the A325 at the Alison's exit. Turn left onto Alison's Avenue and then left again at the first set of lights into Queens Avenue. Princes Avenue is on your right and the course on your left.

For your safety, please use the pedestrian crossing when arriving at the event from the car park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Daisy's Cafe in Queens Road, North Camp - please come and join us!