The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Woolacombe Dunes, Marine Drive car park, Woolacombe. The course is run on a mixture of stone tracks, sand dunes and sand. 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 Woolacombe Dunes 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.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
  • Unfortunately this course is not suited to buggies.
  • 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Woolacombe Dunes 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

One continuous lap on a mixture of stone tracks, sand dunes and beach. This unique parkrun takes in stunning views of Woolacombe bay and beyond. It is an excellent opportunity to run amongst rich and diverse wildlife and habitats. Held on National Trust land within the North Devon AONB.
Unfortunately this course is not suited to buggies.

Facilities

Facilities on Marine Drive include public toilets, outdoor showers and a cafe. The Porthole is open throughout the year.

Further toilets, cafes, restaurants etc are available in Woolacombe village, a 15-20 minutes walk away through the dunes and beach, approximately one mile from the start line.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on Marine Drive, approximately 2/3 mile from the car park entrance, at the height barrier and start of rough road. Please continue past the new Porthole Café until you see volunteers.

Getting there by public transport

There is a bus, no 31, to Woolacombe from Ilfracombe, also calling at Mullacott, Willingcott Lee Cross and Mortehoe, leaving Ilfracombe at 7:45 and arriving in Woolacombe at approx. 8.15, leaving ample time to walk to parkrun. It costs between £3-£6. Please check latest timetables by visiting https://bustimes.org/services/31-ilfracombe-mullacott-cross-woolacombe
There are also many local taxi services.

Getting there on foot

Head in to the beachside car park or walk the pavement alongside it signposted ‘Marine Drive and Sandy Burrows’ and head left to end of car park, then either walk along beach past Mill Rock {large rock formation} and then head up in to dunes and up on to Marine Drive about a third of the way along or follow up in to dunes and along until you see the new Porthole Café building on Marine Drive.

Getting there by road

There is ample parking in Marine Drive car park, where our parkrun starts. Use the postcode for The Porthole cafe to find use, EX34 7ZZ. Continue past the café building and round the corner until you see volunteers.

Parking is free on Marine Drive from early November to mid-March.
Car park prices vary between mid-March and early November, ranging from £3 to £6 per day depending on the season. Payment is made at the gate and is CASH ONLY. You can leave and return again the same day with your ticket.
Parking permits are available for Marine Drive, £45 for locals / £85 for outside the area, this is per car.
Free parking is available in Woolacombe village until 11am ALL YEAR ROUND - traffic wardens are prompt though so don’t be late back.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at The Porthole, near the finish. If you would like to join the core team for a chat and to see how the results are processed, we head to Meraki Coffee on South Street, Woolacombe, EX34 7BB. Sometimes our post event venue changes due to seasonal restrictions, please listen cafefully at the briefings where we will announce any changes - please come and join us!