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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Seven Fields Nature Reserve and Penhill Sports Field, Swindon. The course is run on a mixture of gravel paths and grass. 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 Seven Fields 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 lymediseaseuk.com 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 Seven Fields 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 is mostly grass with some gravel paths, and starts alongside the changing blocks within the Penhill sports field. After one full loop around the perimeter of the football pitches the route heads out into the beautiful Seven Fields Nature Reserve. Following the cut grass paths, the route loops around Lark Meadow, Events Field and finally Half Moon Field before retracing your steps back for a final half lap of the sports field finishing back alongside the changing block.

Facilities

Toilets, children’s play areas, cycle stands.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts alongside the changing blocks within the Penhill sports field.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Buses run frequently from Fleming Way, Swindon town centre which is a 5 minute walk from Swindon railway station. Swindon Bus Company (Thamesdown Transport) routes numbers 11 and 12, (make sure the bus destination says Oakhurst or Taw Hill) both stop on Whitworth Road close to Crossways Avenue which is a 5 minute walk to the start.

Train: The nearest train station is Swindon.

Getting there on foot

From the car park at the Shield & Dagger Pub: Cross Trent Road Playing Fields towards Severn Ave, cross here into pathway to Pond Street and at the kissing gate turn right.
From Haydon Wick/Abbey Meads: Follow Pond Street towards the Penhill Recreation Fields.
From Penhill/Kingsdown/Stratton: Head towards the Moonrakers Pub, follow Whitworth Road and turn right onto Crossways Avenue and then Left on to Hillary Close.
From town centre: Use Pinehurst Road, cross over Whitworth Road and into Crossways Avenue.
From Moredon: Follow Whitworth Road past Cemetery, turn left into Haydon View Road, left at Sunningdale Road and through footpath into Penhill Recreation Field.

Getting there by road

From Cirencester / M5: Turn off the A419 at the Turnpike Junction, following the signs to town centre. Follow Cricklade Road (A4311) to the Moonrakers Pub roundabout.
From the M4 exit J15: Join the A419 and follow the signs towards Cirencester than as above.
From Swindon centre: Follow signs to Cirencester then Pinehurst and Penhill. If using a Sat Nav the closest postcode is SN25 3AQ.

There is no parking at start / finish and we encourage you to walk / jog / bike or use public transport. Please be respectful to the local residents and do not park in the local streets. There are some local public car parks including the Shield & Dagger Public House and the Orbital Shopping Centre.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the CoffeeBlue mobile van - please come and join us!