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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. 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

The Rutland Water 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 extreme care of other runners around you. If possible start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.

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 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 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 when ticket is validated at Fishing Lodge, if you show your barcode.

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, and exchange this for a £1 exit pass at the fishing tackle shop after the run.
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!