The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. It's run in Hardwick Park and run on gravel paths and tracks. 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

Sedgefield 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.
  • 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 lymediseaseuk.com 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 Sedgefield 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 which starts at the overflow car park and finishes at the visitor centre. After a lap of the overflow car park you exit at the top corner heading down the gravel path towards the Temple field. Follow the path and turn left in the Temple field. Then run clockwise along the lakeside following the path. Run straight up the promenade and around the Roman pond before turning sharp right and sharp right again before crossing a small footbridge and again following the edge of the smaller lake in the park. At the small crossing of the lake turn sharp left and sharp left again and run alongside the small lake before turning right to take a steady climb through woods to join the old road. Turn left at the top for about 40m before heading back on yourself along the old road and continue to the end to turn right towards the visitors centre. Continue past the visitors centre and rejoin the main path, along the side of the car parks, and continue back towards the start. Do not enter the overflow car park, instead join the route where you exited the overflow car park to start a second lap of the course. The finish is on the grassed area next to the visitors centre.

Facilities

There is a charge for parking in Hardwick Park, but the County Council have kindly agreed that if parkrunners and volunteers display a spare copy of their barcode in their windscreen then parking will be free until 11am on Saturday. This really is a very generous offer from the council and we appreciate their support. It also allows for plenty of time to enjoy a post run coffee in the café.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the overflow car park.

Getting there by public transport

The nearest bus stop is at Sedgefield High Street. From there it is a half mile walk following a signposted footpath through the arch of the Hardwick Arms Hotel.
Up-to-date bus timetables are available from Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or through the Durham County Council journey planning web page.

Getting there on foot

Hardwick Park is on the west side of Sedgefield in County Durham. Grid Reference: NZ 346 288 (Ordnance Survey map Explorer 305). To access from Sedgefield either go through the archway of the Hardwick Arms Pub and continue across East Field and into the park via the underpass, or go up Station Road in Sedgefield, turn right at the roundabout. Hardwick Park is well signposted for walking routes on blue signs from the middle of Sedgefield.

Getting there by road

Hardwick Park is on the A177 Durham to Stockton road on the west side of Sedgefield, two and a half miles from A1(M) Junction 60 (well sign-posted).

There is a charge for parking in Hardwick Park, but the County Council have kindly agreed that if parkrunners and volunteers display a spare copy of their barcode in their windscreen then parking will be free until 11am on Saturday. This really is a very generous offer from the council and we appreciate their support. It also allows for plenty of time to enjoy a post run coffee in the café.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the cafe in the Hardwick Park Visitors' Centre - please come and join us.