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The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Woodgate Valley Country Park, Birmingham. The course is run entirely on permanent 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

Woodgate Valley Country Park parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • 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 Woodgate Valley Country Park parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

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 Map

Course Description

Flat out and back followed by an uphill section on permanent path and finishing with a lap on grass around a field.
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.

Facilities

Toilets are available at the Visitor Centre once it opens. There is a children’s play area by the car park. Woodgate Valley Urban Farm and Hole Farm Trekking Centre are also on site.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts a short 5 minute walk downhill from the main car park and visitors centre.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The 23 bus stops right outside the park on Clapgate Lane. It runs between Bartley Green and the city centre via Harborne.

Getting there on foot

From the car park walk past the visitor centre and downhill along the path between two fields. Please keep quiet along this path so you don’t disturb the horses in the adjacent fields. The start line is at the bottom of the hill where the paths intersect. The start can also be reached by walking along the Bourne Brook pathway [west] towards Halesowen.

Getting there by road

From the M5: Leave the motorway at exit 3. Turn left at the roundabout onto Manor Way (A456). Take the first left onto Lapal Lane South. Turn left onto Lye Close Lane, crossing over the M5. Turn right onto Woodgate Lane and then left (first exit) at the roundabout onto Clapgate Lane. The car park will be on the left hand side.

From central Birmingham: Take the Hagley Road (A456) from the Five Ways roundabout at the end of Broad Street. Turn left onto Wolverhampton Road South (A4123) by the Amber Tavern. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto West Boulevard. At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit to stay on West Boulevard. Go straight over the next roundabout. Take the 3rd exit onto Stonehouse Lane at the following roundabout. Continue straight onto Clapgate Lane. The car park will be on the right hand side.

Limited parking is available at the Visitor Centre.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Woodgate Valley Visitor Centre - please come and join us!