The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Storthes Hall Park, Huddersfield. The course is run on a mixture of 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 Storthes Hall 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.
  • Unfortunately this course is not suitable for buggies.
  • 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Storthes Hall 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

Starting at the bottom of the field below the Stafflex Area, Shelley Community Football Club, the course goes anticlockwise round the edge of the field, before going into the woods. There are three clockwise laps of the course through the woods before coming back out into the field and finishing by the oak tree. The course follows the main paths straight on from the field, right along the wall up to Wood Lane, along to the perimeter of the old hospital and then back around the edge of the sports fields without leaving the woods. The course will be very muddy in winter or after periods of heavy rain.
Unfortunately this course is not suitable for buggies.

Important note: As this course is on private land, whilst it can be enjoyed with us every Saturday morning at parkrun, please note that freedom runs are not permitted.

Facilities

Shelley Community Football Club kindly offer us the use of their changing rooms, toilets and cafe. Please look for the signs which will clearly tell you which rooms you are allowed to use. Please respect this facility by wearing clean footwear only in the changing rooms and the cafe. We request bringing a pair of clean shoes and a bag to store your muddy shoes in. Otherwise, please leave all muddy footwear outside or do not use these facilities.

Please note it is essential that runners do NOT use the football pitches for warming up. You are welcome to use the 'bonfire field' and the start/finish field or footpaths that lead to those fields.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the bottom of the field below the Stafflex Area, Shelley Community Football Club. Please allow 10 minutes to walk from the car park to the start (follow the signs, and the marshal instructions. Please also note our First Timers Briefing is at 8.50.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Buses 83, 83A, 84, 84A, 286, 287 and 233 run from Huddersfield and stop on Penistone Road about a mile from the start. The 399 services the student accommodation, but is a term time only service. Please ensure you check time tables with West Yorkshire Metro.

Train: The nearest train station is Stocksmoor, which is about 2.5 miles away via roads and footpaths.

Getting there on foot

From the entrance to Storthes Hall Student Village: Walk up the drive until you see the sign for 'Shelley Community Football Club', pointing to your left. This is right opposite the large building called 'The Venue'. Follow the sign until you see the large football pavillion. Turn left into the field at the vehicle barrier with the cabin. Walk downhill through the first field to the start in the lower field.

From Penistone Road bus stop: Go down Storthes Hall Lane, cross the small bridge, continue uphill for half a mile and turn left into the entrance of Storthes Hall Student Village. Walk up the drive until you see the sign for 'Shelley Community Football Club', pointing to your left. This is right opposite the large building called 'The Venue'. Follow the sign until you see the large football pavillion. Turn left into the field at the vehicle barrier with the cabin. Walk downhill through the first field to the start in the lower field.

From Stocksmoor train station: Turn right out of station, walk to junction with Birks Lane, turn right and head down hill. At the bottom of the hill turn left into Grange Lane and walk up hill. When you have passed a house named 'Grangfield' on your left the road bends left. Instead of following the road left take the footpath straight in front of you. Stay on this path going straight ahead through two gates and in about 10 minutes you will be in the start area.

Getting there by road

If using SatNav the nearest usable postcode is : HD8 0WA

From Huddersfield town centre: Take A629 Wakefield Road through Dalton. At Waterloo lights (Waterloo pub is on the left) bare right staying on the A629 which becomes Penistone Road. After 2.2 miles turn right into Storthes Hall Lane, cross the small bridge, continue uphill for half a mile and turn left into the entrance of Storthes Hall Student Village. The barrier is automatic, you do not need to take a ticket etc. Continue up the drive for a quarter mile and past 'The Venue' and a marshal should be on hand.

From M62: Travelling east on M62 exit at Jct 23. Driving west use J25 to Huddersfield. From the town centre, follow signs for A629 to Sheffield which will take you to Huddersfield town centre. Follow the directions above.

From M1: Coming from the North or South on the M1, for simplicity use J38 take the A637 toward Huddersfield. Pass the Yorkshire Sculpture park on your left. At the roundabout with the A636 go left towards Denby Dale, after 7.5 miles at Sovereign junction turn right onto A629 for 4 miles before turning left into Storthes Hall Lane. After about 1 mile, turn left into the entrance of Storthes Hall Student Village. The barrier is automatic, you do not need to take a ticket etc. Continue up the drive for a quarter mile and past 'The Venue' and a marshal should be on hand.

Parking is on the Huddersfield University, Storthes Hall Student Village, close to The Venue. Please do NOT park at Shelley Community Football Club. Please follow parking directions from parkrun car park marshals

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Shelley Community Football Club Cafe, or at The Venue (next to the car park) - please come and join us!