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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 Sharpham Road Playing Fields, Cheddar. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, trail 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 Sharpham Road Playing 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 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 Sharpham Road Playing Fields 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

Two out-and-back laps on the Strawberry Line railway path, on a mixture of grass, trail and tarmac/cinder tracks, starting and finishing on the parish playing fields. In winter, some sections of the course may become boggy underfoot.

Facilities

There are no refreshments or toilets at this event. The nearest public toilets are in Station Road just along from Tesco Express.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on the parish playing fields near the pavilion.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The only available bus is the 126 from Wells or Weston, and the nearest stop is the Hannay Road / Round Oak Road turn. From the bus stop, it is 800m to the parkrun start. Go along Round Oak Road to the end, and carefully cross over the A371 into Holwell Lane (following the national cycle way sign). At the Strawberry Line crossing, diagonally ahead to your left is the entrance to the playing fields. Head across to the pavilion, taking care to keep off marked sports pitches and the cricket field.

Getting there on foot

  • From the centre or south of Cheddar follow Station Road (towards Wedmore) out of the village centre, and after 200m turn right by Cheddar tyre centre. Follow the Strawberry Line path which starts by Travis Perkins (signposted as route 26 towards Axbridge). After 500m, pass under the bridge, go up the steps or ramp on your left and continue past Dunsley Field. 200m further along Sharpham Road the playing fields will be on your right.
  • From the lower gorge, head west along Tweentown, into The Barrows, left into Barrows Road, down to the end and then cross the A371 and go over the old railway, turning right into Sharpham Road then as above.
  • From the north of Cheddar use Round Oak Road and either Holwell Lane or the paths through the Littlewood Way estate to get to the playing fields.
  • Coming from Axbridge, go around the north-eastern side of the reservoir, past the yacht club, to get down to the playing fields by the water tower and then in the gate by the skate park.

Getting there by road

  • If you are visiting Cheddar Gorge or village as well as doing parkrun, please park over in the Cliff Street or Church Street car parks and go on foot as above - allow 15 minutes walk time.
  • Limited parking is available at the playing fields, via the A371 (from Wells or the A38) or the B3151 (from Wedmore), turning into Sharpham Road off Lower New Road. The playing fields are at the end on the right and there may also be a few spaces in the reservoir car park straight ahead. Please note that Sharpham Road and other roads in the vicinity are narrow and there are very few places you can park that don’t cause an obstruction, so please avoid street-parking or verge-parking. If you do get a space in the playing fields car park, please move your car after parkrun as the car park is heavily used by sports teams after we have finished.
  • For Axbridge-side reservoir parking, come off the Axbridge by-pass at the eastern end, then turn left after about 100m (signposted “Reservoir”), parking is at the end on the right. Allow 10 minutes to walk to the start, around the reservoir as above.
  • There is also parking at Kings Fitness and Leisure Centre, follow the B3151 Station Road out of the centre of Cheddar towards Wedmore, the Leisure Centre is signposted after 100m on the left. Allow 10 minutes to walk to the start (directions from the tyre centre as above).
  • Post Run Coffee

    Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at a local cafe - please come and join us!