Please do not attend parkrun if you display any COVID-19 symptoms
The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Whiteley Meadowside. 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.
The Whiteley 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 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 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 Whiteley parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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 DescriptionThe course is three equal laps, mainly flat and run predominately on a tarmac path. A short section is on grass and trail at the turning point.
During the run participants must keep to the right of the path at all times to ensure any oncoming runners will pass on their left.
The course contains a gentle uphill section at the start and latter stage of each lap.
Starting at the green pin follow the path west keeping the football pitches on your left towards the children’s play area. In line with the far end of the pitches turn left at turn one followed by an immediate right. Keeping the play area on your left follow the path downhill and towards turn three. There turn left and follow the path east to the next turning point. Midway along this stretch you will pass through the path crossroads (referenced later). After this make a left at turn four and follow the path to the next turn to go right. One more left turn takes you to the hairpin turning point marked by the blue pin. Around 40m after the hairpin leave the path to the right through a short trail section. Continue straight and re-join the path to follow the same route back until you reach the crossroads. This time turn right and head north towards the shopping centre. Follow the path right keeping the football pitches on your left until you are almost at the leisure centre. Make one final left turn towards the start/finish point to complete one lap. Complete two more before entering the finish funnel adjacent to the skate park.
Caution is advised at all times. Please be aware of all other path and park users including children and cyclists. Occasionally there will also be football activity taking place and the likelihood of participants and footballs coming close to runners is possible. This is a shared facility and we expect all participants taking part in our event to respect anyone else they are in proximity to.
There are 1300 free car parking spaces across 7 car parks. You may park in any car park with the exception of the Meadowside Leisure Centre and Marketplace car parks. Heading North Meadowside Leisure Centre and the football pitches can be found a short 2 minute walk from the car park.
Public toilets are available nearby in the shopping centre and also in the the Meadowside Leisure centre.
There is a children’s play park located about 300m from the start.
Whiteley Shopping Centre has restaurants, a supermarket, cinema and many shops for those who wish to explore after parkrun.