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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 Upton Country Park, Poole. The course is run entirely on trail 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 Upton House 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.
  • 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 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 Upton House 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 consists of two large laps and one small lap within Upton Country Park.
The start is situated a short way along the path at top right hand corner of the car park. Head straight on downhill to start an anti-clockwise lap of the main loop with two left turns. To complete the first lap exit the gate, head straight on and veer left to reach the path at the top right hand corner of car park. Here you will commence the smaller anti-clockwise loop. There will be runners in both directions for a short stretch at the start/end of this smaller loop so always stay right. At the top of the hill turn right to start a second lap of the main loop. Finally, towards the end of the second large lap exit through the gate again but this time stay right for a short downhill stretch to the finish. The course is mildly undulating and offers stunning views over Holes Bay.

Due to ongoing works around the park during the winter 2019/2020 period please demonstrate general caution. For further information see the Upton House website.


Toilets, children's play areas and play fountains.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts a short way along the path at top right hand corner of the car park. Runners gather beforehand near the entrance of the tea rooms for the runners briefing then walk to the start.

Getting there by public transport

The Morebus circular services 8 & 9 to and from Poole bus station stop at both the main park entrance and the Blandford Road entrance. Timetables are available at
The closest train station is Hamworthy and the nearest park entrance from there is at Blandford Road (BH16 5BL).

Getting there on foot

The start is a few minutes walk from the bus stop at the main park entrance or a 10/15 minute walk from the Blandford Road entrance.

Getting there by road

Upton Country Park is three miles northwest of Poole town centre, clearly signposted with brown tourist signs from the A35 and A350. The postcode for satnav is BH17 7BJ.
There is Pay and Display parking for up to 250 cars, with an early bird weekend charge of £1.00 till 10:30 am. Press the yellow button on the ticket machine to take advantage of the reduced rate.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Upton Country Park Tea Rooms - please come and join us!