The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Tetbury Goods Shed, Tetbury. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac 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

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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 for further details.
  • You are welcome to take part with one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • 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 Tetbury Goods Shed 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

The course starts beside the Goods Shed Art Centre on tarmac but then is a mix of grass and path with an incline and a downhill. The route is two clockwise laps of Preston Park using the now dismantled Tetbury branch line route. The first loop crosses a stone bridge and up a short but steep hill before taking you through Berkley Wood. Run along the top followed by a steep downhill before crossing the stone bridge over the Wor Well. Re-join the railway line before ascending the hill for the second time; omitting the wood and the out and back section but re-joining the branch line after the back to the finish.

Out and back on the old railway track, start/finish by Goods Shed.


Toilets facilities at Goods Shed - located very close to start/finish area, open from 08:30. Additional toilet facilities located next to Chipping Car Park. There is a 'Trim Trail' at the start of the course available for all to use with a range of exercises for all.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts beside the Goods Shed Art Centre.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Bus service 882 Cirencester to Tetbury (stops at Kemble railway station). Stops in Tetbury town centre, short walk (5-10 mins) to Goods Shed. Bus service 69 stops opp. Tesco Tetbury (short walk 5-10 mins) to Goods Shed.

Train: The nearest railway station is Kemble.

Getting there on foot

Start/finish area is on the grass area passed the Goods Shed a few minutes’ walk from long stay car park.

Getting there by road

The Goods Shed is reached via Cirencester Road.

From the South: Take the A46 then A433 from the M4 J18 towards Tetbury and crossing into Tetbury Markey Place. From the centre of Tetbury by the Market Hall, follow the signs to the free Long Term Car Park - turn between The Snooty Fox Hotel and Quayle’s delicatessen. The slip road by the Royal Oak Pub, through the white gates, leads directly to the car park and the Goods Shed and will be on your right.

From the North: From Cirencester take the A433 signed to Tetbury. Signpost left onto the Cirencester Road towards the free long term car park. The slip road by the Royal Oak Pub, through the white gates, leads directly to the car park and the Goods Shed and will be on your left.

NB If you’re using SatNav please don’t use the Shed postcode. That will take you to the bottom of Gumstool Hill, which is a dead end with no parking. Use this postcode in SatNav instead: GL8 8EY.

Free parking available at start/finish area, approx. 60 spaces. Extra parking (not free) in town centre Chipping car park, 5 to 10 minute walk away from start/finish area.

Post Run Coffee

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