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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 Collett Park, Shepton Mallet. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and gravel. 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 Shepton Mallet 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.
  • 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.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • Due to some pathways being narrow dogs aren't allowed at Shepton Mallet parkrun.
  • If you're participating with a buggy please contact the team in advance for further information

We hope these tips help to ensure that Shepton Mallet 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

This is a three-lap course, which is mostly flat with a couple of slight hills thrown in. The course starts on the small bridge, facing the entrance to Collett Park from Charlton Road (opposite Whitstone School) and continues for about 200m until you have to take a right at the gate. Follow the path round until you climb a slight incline for just over 200m until you reach Millennium Way - where you will need to take a sharp left. The course then takes you up the cycle path for approximately 400m until you will need to turn at the cone and run back down the same path. Keeping left the whole way, you will exit Millennium Way back into the park and take a left which takes you down to the lake. From there the course follows the periphery of the park, past the café and the children’s play area and down-hill towards entrance to the lake - the bandstand on your right. From there, the course takes the second left, back over the start, to be repeated for another two laps. On the final lap, there is a down-hill sprint finish towards the finish funnel - parallel to the bush/path, surrounding the lake, just before the main bridge.

Due to some pathways being narrow dogs aren't allowed at Shepton Mallet parkrun.
If you're participating with a buggy please contact the team in advance for further information.

Facilities

Collett Park Café is based within the park, opposite the children’s play area and the Park Road entrance. Public toilets are adjacent. Free car parking available until 11:00am at Mendip District Council Office car park (subject to availability).

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the small bridge, facing the entrance to Collett Park from Charlton Road (opposite Whitstone School).

Getting there by public transport

The only available bus is the 174 from Wells, leaving at 08:02am arriving at the Cenotaph at 08:26am. Park Road is on the opposite side of the road. The entrance to Collett Park is approximately 200 metres on the left along Park Road.

Getting there on foot

From the Mendip District Council Office car park, on Cannard’s Grave Road, exit on the other side onto Park Road. Cross the road and follow the path round to the entrance near the public toilets, located in the park. Follow the path downhill towards the lake, where the core team will be based. If travelling by bus, enter the park on Collett Park road and head directly towards the lake as above.

Getting there by road

Follow the A361 from Frome or Wells into Shepton Mallet or the A37 from Bath or Castle Cary. Mendip District Council have kindly granted us the use of the council office car park for free until 11:am every Saturday morning. This is located on Cannard’s Grave Road BA4 5BT.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at The Hive in Shepton Mallet High Street - please come and join us!