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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Peter May Sports Ground, Walthamstow. The course is run on a mixture of concrete 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 Walthamstow 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Please note that no dogs are allowed at Peter May Sports Centre as these are private playing fields and London Playing Fields have stated that dogs are prohibited from the fields. Dogs are allowed at many of our other events, so if you are keen to run with your dog please refer to the events list for alternative events. The course page of each event will let you know whether dogs are allowed at the event.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Walthamstow 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 course begins between the two tall trees towards the entrance of the car park and runs along the perimeter of the football playing fields for 3 and a bit laps in in an anti-clockwise direction keeping behind the football goalposts. Once you get towards the end of the loop you will cut across the corner of the car park by the entrance of the reception area then will run behind the sports centre heading towards the start area to commence the next loop.

The course is mainly flat and grassy with about 20 metres of concrete of the corner of the car park to cross towards the end of the loop. The finish is located 400 metres past the start line.

Facilities

  • Parking: There is free car parking available (300 spaces) and storage for 8 bicycles available
  • Changing Facilities: Changing facilities are available at the sports centre.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the two tall trees by the entrance to the Peter May Sports Centre car park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: W16

Overground: The nearest station is Higham's Park (on the London to Chingford line), 0.8m away.

Nearest tube: Walthamstow Central is about 2 miles from the site. See http://tinyurl.com/b6x96jo for the best walking route. Alternatively the 212 bus goes frequently from Walthamstow Central to Wadham Road just a little bit along from the sports centre.

Getting there on foot

The sports Centre is a 10 minute walk from Highams park station following Centre Way all the way then turn right into Wadham Road.

Getting there by road

The park is beside the Peter May Sports Centre. The entrance to the sports centre is on Wadham Road which runs alongside the A406, just by the Crooked Billet roundabout and is well sign posted.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the café / bar area - please come and join us!