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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 Sandwell Park Farm, West Bromwich. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and trail 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 Sandwell Valley 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.
  • 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 Sandwell Valley 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

Starting at the path in the corner of the car park at the bottom of Salters Lane within Sandwell Valley Country Park, you first cross the motorway bridge over the M5. Once over the bridge carry straight on towards the ruins of Sandwell Prioy and past the well from which Sandwell gets its name. Go straight on past these monuments up a steady incline (can be quite muddy in this section). At the top of the incline turn left at the end, just before Park Lane. This takes you through park land for about 1km then turn left down the path towards stunning Swan Pool. Run anti-clockwise around Swan Pool. When you get to the cross-path at the south-eastern corner of Swan Pool take a left up another steady incline. At the top take a left and repeat the course as before until you come back to the cross-path at the south-western corner of Swan Pool (you should now have completed one and a half laps of Swan Pool). Instead of turning left like before, continue straight on. This will lead you to another steady incline. Continue to the top of the incline and then right, back over the motorway bridge and down to the finish line.


Toilets are open from 8:30am at the Pavillion at the top of the Showground and from 10:00am in the Park Farm Building.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the path in the corner of the car park at the bottom of Salters Lane within Sandwell Valley Country Park.

Getting there by public transport

The nearest Metro station is Kenrick Park (1.2 miles) and nearest railway stations are Smethwick Galton bridge (1.8 miles) and Sandwell and Dudley (2 miles).
The following buses stop on Lloyd Street (adjacent to Salters Lane) 45, 46 and 64. The best route into Sandwell Valley from here is through Dartmouth Park.

Getting there on foot

The Country Park lies in the heart of West Bromwich and can be found just off Junction 1 of the M5 motorway. It is just 10 minutes walk from West Bromwich town centre.

Getting there by road

If using SAT NAV use postcode B71 4BG. Once in salters Lane head to the bottom of the road to the main car park. Car parking charges apply @ 40 pence per hour.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Sandwell Park Farm - please come and join us!