The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Wendover Woods, Aston Clinton, Aylesbury. The course is run on a mixture of gravel paths and 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 Wendover Woods 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 unsuitable 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 Wendover Woods 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

One lap course on a wide forest (and very hilly) trail route, the pathway is predominately gravel pathways.

Unfortunately this course is unsuitable for buggies.

Facilities

Café, toilets, large car park, children's play area, family walks and trails, cycling paths, Go Ape, BBQs and picnic areas.

Getting There

Location of start

Our briefing and start/finish areas are at the event space adjacent to the main car park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Local bus stop to Wendover Woods is on the B4009 Upper Icknield Way. This is on the 50 bus route.

Train: Wendover Station gets at least two trains per hour in each direction on the Chiltern service from Marylebone to Aylesbury.

Getting there on foot

Wendover Woods can be accessed on foot throughout the year at several points around the perimeter. Due to the nature of the site many of the access points lead to rough terrain and/or steep inclines. Access can be gained from the Upper Icknield Way B4009. The park is well signposted.

Getting there by road

From Wendover take the B4009 towards Tring, take the right hand turn approximately 1 mile north of RAF Halton, signposted Wendover Woods and St. Leonards. The main entrance to the woods is found on the right.

From the A41, take the Wendover exit (also signed Dunstable) and take the B4009 towards Aston Clinton. Take the first left towards Wendover Woods and St Leonards. The main entrance is found on the right.

Note that it is approximately one mile along a 15mph track from the entrance gate to the car park, so please allow plenty of time. There is a large car park which operates an automatic barrier and number plate recognition system. Vistiors pay before leaving the Woods. Charges are £2.20 for 0-2 hours, £4.30 for 2-4 hours, £8.00 for more than 4 hours. The annual Discovery Pass, which includes unlimited parking is £62. The car park is a short distance from the meeting point & finish area. Forestry England provides free car parking to those who have volunteered that day

Post Run Coffee

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