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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Woking Park, Woking. 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 Woking 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 Woking 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 is 3 flat laps on mixed terrain. It begins on tarmac and then moves to a trail path alongside the stream, before a short section of public footpath through woods. This section is muddy, even during summer months, but after less than 300m you will be back on tarmac for the rest of the lap. For a full description read on…

The course is 3 flat laps. Begin heading west, with the back of the pool building on your left. Take care of the speed humps on the right hand side of this straight. After 160m turn sharp right at the crossroads and then follow the path as it sweeps past tennis courts and cricket pitch. At the south side of the cricket pitch bear left slightly downhill and continue to follow the path. Turn sharp left to cross a bridge over the Hoe Stream then another sharp left to follow the stream. After 260m turn right to follow the public footpath through the woods for another 260m. Turn right to join the tarmac path again, follow it past the skate park on your left and continue over a second bridge back over the stream. Bear right and then left up a very slight incline to the start before continuing for a further two laps. After the third lap, instead of turning right at the end of the speed humps, bear left for the finish funnel.

Facilities

There are public toilets in the park near the cricket pitch and tennis courts. There are also toilets in the leisure centre, and this is where we meet for coffee after parkrun. Parking is free for 3 hours.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in Woking Park.

Getting there by public transport

The nearest train station is Woking, a 10 minute walk away. Leave the station via platform 5 and head right on Station Approach. Pass the Magistrates Court and Police Station on your left and continue straight on to follow Guildford Rd. Bear left onto Constitution Hill and the entrance to the park will be on your left. Take the first turning on the right and head towards the pool - turning left onto the path along the back of the building.

Getting there on foot

From Woking town centre head to the train station, take the underpass to the left of the station entrance and follow the directions above, or follow signs to the Leisure Centre or Woking Town FC.

Getting there by road

If travelling by car the postcode is GU22 9BA. The Leisure Centre is on the A247 opposite Woking Town FC. It is signposted from the A320.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Costa Coffee in the Leisure Centre - please come and join us!