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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Stratford Park, Stroud. 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 Stratford Park parkrun, Stroud 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 Stratford Park parkrun, Stroud 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 from near the bandstand, a hilly three lap picturesque course going clockwise, with a great mix of arboretum, formal park, woodland and open field with views across the Stroud valleys. Trail shoes are recommended.

Facilities

Free car park with toilets, with additional toilets available in the leisure centre (you’ll need to ask to be buzzed in). All toilets have disabled access. Bike stands are available outside the leisure centre, or you could use the bandstand, which can also be used to store other belongings at your own risk. There is a play area for children above the car park.

There is a good range of other leisure facilities available in Stratford Park, including an indoor pool, tennis, a skate park and a local history museum. Braver runners might like to warm down in the crystal clear but unheated waters of the outdoor pool (open end of May to end of August).

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts near the bandstand.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Stagecoach bus routes 63, 66 and 67 and Cotswold Green 8B stop just outside the park. All other bus and coach routes serving Stroud stop less than 10 minutes walk away in Merrywalks bus station.

Train: The train station is about 10 minutes walk away, with hourly trains to Gloucester, Cheltenham, Swindon and London.

Getting there on foot

From the train station: Head for the town centre, then enter Merrywalks shopping centre and find the steps down to the bus station.

From Merrywalks bus station: Head to the roundabout at the top of Merrywalks and turn left on to Beeches Green. Turn left again at the end of Beeches Green and Stratford Park is across the road on your right. Walk up the slope towards the leisure centre and you will see the bandstand on your left.

Getting there by road

From Gloucester and Cheltenham (A4173/A46): Turn right at the first roundabout in Stroud and continue for 450m beside Stratford Park to the car park entrance.

From the south and east (A419/A46): Follow signs through Stroud for Cheltenham/Gloucester (A46), up Merrywalks and on to Beeches Green. At the end of Beeches Green, Stratford Park is ahead of you. Turn left at the roundabout and continue for 450m beside Stratford Park to the car park entrance.

From M5/the west: Follow signs for Stroud until Cainscross roundabout then follow signs for Cheltenham/Gloucester. This will take you up Paganhill, turn right at the top onto Stratford Road. After 600m, pass Stroud (SGS) College, then turn left into Stratford Park.

Parking: There is a large free car park with toilets next to the park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Stratford Park Leisure Centre Café - please come and join us!