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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Windy Nook Nature Park, High Heworth. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, 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 Windy Nook 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 Windy Nook 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

Three laps around the footpaths of the nature park on a mixture of trail, gravel and tarmac pathway, starting and finishing the middle of the Windy Nook Nature Park.

Facilities

Toilets and café available inside the Whitehills centre.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts next on the path near the middle of the Windy Nook Nature Park.

Getting there by public transport

Metro to Heworth Station then a short walk up the bank to Whitehills or the no:57 Bus to Gateshead stopping at Whitehills Drive, park located on righthand side.
From Gateshead central station take the no:58 Bus stopping at Whitehills Community centre on Whitehills Drive, park located on lefthand side.

Getting there on foot

Nature park is situated in the centre of Windy Nook and High Heworth, with several entrances to the starting point adjacent West Fields on the Whitehills Estate.

Getting there by road

From QE Hospital Gateshead, turn right on to Windy Nook Road, then turn Right before Bay Horse Pub along Whitehills Drive to Whitehills Community centre carpark.
On A184 pass Gateshead Stadium to Heworth, at roundabout turn right and then left on to B1426 to High Heworth Lane through traffic lights uphill then turn left on to Whitehills Drive, parking at Whitehills Community Centre, walking through housing estate opposite to Park. Satnav NE108XU

Parking facilities at Whitehills Centre and Castle hill opposite the Nature Park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Whitehills Internet Café - please come and join us!