The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Mansfield. The course is run on a mixture of trail paths and compacted stone 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 Sherwood Pines 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.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or 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 also 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.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to human's through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Sherwood Pines 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 parkrun course at Sherwood Pines Forest Park is 5k long and is made up of one anti-clockwise lap.
The route is primarily completed on the ‘Green’ Family Cycle Route and is a combination of trail and compacted stone paths and park roads.
Please be aware that cyclists may be using designated cycle routes which cross the parkrun route at a number of points, and whilst marshals will monitor the crossing points, runners don’t have automatic right of way and should be vigilant.

The run starts a short way past the Visitor Centre and the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure Course. After a short straight of approximately 150m turn right along the forest road. After a further 300m the course joins the ‘Green’ Family Cycle Route at signpost 3. Follow the ‘Green’ route signposts for approximately 4k. At signpost 18 depart the ‘Green’ route by turning left on to the forest road. Follow this for around 700m before finally turning right onto the same initial straight you ran along at the start. Follow this for around 150m to the finish.

Whilst the parkrun route is on parts of the Green cycle route, cyclists are not permitted at parkrun. At 9am the parkrun route has been designated for runners, joggers and walkers. Any cyclists (and accompanying runners) will be asked to step away until the parkrun field is clear and will not be eligible for a result.

Facilities

  • Car parking: The park charges for parking. The regular rates are £2 for one hour. £4 for two hours or £6 for all day.
    For parkrun, we will provide you with a discount code which will allow parkrunners to stay at the park up to 11:30 for £2. The discount code will be confirmed at the pre-run briefing.
    Parking is free for all volunteers.
  • Café: Sherwood Pines Café is open every day from 9am and offers a wide range of food and drink and offers disabled access.
  • Toilets with disabled access: Available next to the Visitor Centre and Café, and are a short walk from our start line.
  • Walking and Bike Trails: A collection of routes suitable for all the family who wish to explore the forest a little more. Cycle hire is available next to the Visitor Centre.
  • Children’s Adventure Facilities: A wide range of trails and equipment designed for all the family including the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure Course.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts a short way past the Visitor Centre and the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure Course.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Stagecoach buses - number 14 or 15 heading towards Kirton or Walesby from Mansfield Bus Station.
These run every 30 minutes Monday - Saturday.
For more information please see the Stagecoach website.

Train: East Midlands Trains - the nearest railway stations are at Mansfield, Mansfield Woodhouse and Worksop. Additional transport is needed from these stations to reach Sherwood Pines.
Trains to Mansfield are the Robin Hood Line operated by East Midlands Trains. For more information please see East Midlands Trains website.
On entering the park from the main road (B6030) follow the signs for Visitor Centre. Head past the car park, bike hire and Visitor Centre to the start which is located just beyond the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure Course.

Getting there on foot

The main entrance of Sherwood Pines Forest Park is from the B6030.
On entering the park from the main road follow the signs for Visitor Centre. Head past the car park, bike hire and Visitor Centre to the start which is located just beyond the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure Course.

Getting there by road

The main entrance of Sherwood Pines Forest Park is from the B6030.
Take the A60 out of Nottingham, and then the A614 towards Ollerton. Just after Rufford Country Park and The Rose Cottage, take a left and join the B6030 to Clipstone.
On entering the park follow the brown signs which will direct you to Sherwood Pines Visitor Centre and the car park.
Once parked head past the bike hire and Visitor Centre to the start which is located just beyond the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure Course.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Sherwood Pines Café - please come and join us!