The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Rutland Water Reservoir, Edith Weston, Oakham. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and 5 to 10 metres of firm grassy ground. 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

Rutland Water 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.
  • 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 Rutland Water 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 tarmac path beside the Church, after the set of gates and by the marker post. The start can be reached by walking 500 metres beyond the car park in the direction of Normanton Church and the dam. It is a 2.5km out and back course, around a cone about 2/3 of the way across the dam.

Parkrunners start by heading east on the LEFT hand side of the path towards the dam. Once through the gate, they take a left hand turn towards the dam and the turn point, before retracing (keeping to the LEFT) the path back towards the start area. The finish is in front of the stunning Normanton Church on the edge of the reservoir.


Cafe at Normanton Park Hotel, car parking discounted at £1. Please pick up a discount ticket at the parkrun start/finish. Insert this into the machine followed by your normal entry ticket to get the discount.

Getting There

Location of start

The course starts on the tarmac path after the set of gates, beside Normanton Church and the marker post on the reservoirs edge. The start can be reached by walking 500 metres beyond the car park in the direction of Normanton Church and the dam.

Getting there by public transport

Information on public transport is available via the Discover Rutland website.

Getting there on foot

Five minute walk from the nearest bus stop in Normanton Village.

Getting there by road

Please consider car sharing where possible. If using a sat nav the postcode is LE15 8HD and there is plenty of car parking at a £1 flat fee for parkrunners. Take a ticket at the barrier on entry. Please pick up a discount ticket at the parkrun start/finish. Insert this into the machine followed by your normal entry ticket to get the parking discounted to £1.
Follow signs for Rutland Water ‘South Shore’. From the A1 then A606 to Normanton Park Rd. From - A47 & A6003 then Lyndon Road towards Normanton or from Melton Mowbray - A606 & A6003 then Lyndon Road towards Normanton.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Waterside Café - please come and join us!