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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Wickford Memorial Park, Wickford. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac 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 Wickford Memorial 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 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 Wickford Memorial 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

    Two and a bit laps, anti-clockwise, scenic, flat course mainly on permanent paths. The course follows the perimeter of the park, parts of which are tree lined, alongside the river Crouch. There is a small section of trail.

    Facilities

    The park has a good range of facilities including toilets, which are located outside the Huttons café building. There is an enclosed children’s play area, a crazy golf course, multi-sport area (including basketball), a tennis court, remembrance garden and a small selection of outdoor gym equipment.

    Getting There

    Location of start

    The event starts at Wickford Memorial Park.

    Getting there by public transport

    Bus: Bus services operate from several surrounding areas including Basildon, South Woodham Ferrers and Chelmsford, stopping in Runwell Road close to the park entrance.

    Train: Wickford train station (Greater Anglia London Liverpool Street - Southend Victoria line). The station is a 10 minute walk to the park entrance in Runwell Road.

    Getting there on foot

    From Wickford train station exit and turn right towards the High Street. Turn left and walk through the High Street, continuing on to Runwell Road. Turn right into the park at the War Memorial entrance next to the Carter and Ward building.

    Getting there by road

    Wickford is a south-central town within the county of Essex, with the nearest East-West / North-South trunk roads being the A127 and A130 respectively. The park lies 13.1 miles (21.2 km) east of junction 29 of the M25.

    Memorial Park is a short walk from the town centre where free parking is available in the main town council car park sat-nav code SS12 9AJ. The Quart Pot pub in Runwell Road, Wickford (sat-nav code SS117PN) also offer free parking up to 11.00am, which is a 10 minute walk to the park entrance in Runwell Road by the War Memorial. There is very limited parking in two small car parks servicing the park, one in Rettendon View sat-nav code SS11 8JE and the other in Whist Avenue sat-nav code SS11 8LN. If you do need to drive to the event, please park with care and consideration for local residents.

    Post Run Coffee

    Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Huttons at Wickford - please come and join us!