The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. It's run in The Rye, off Bassetsbury Lane, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 1QX and run mostly on hard paths ,with some multi-terrain. 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

Wycombe Rye 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.
  • 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 for further details.
  • You are welcome to take part with one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • 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 Wycombe Rye 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

The Rye is a Scenic urban park, with the course on a mixed terrain but predominantly sticks to hard paths on the edge of the park. The run is an out and back route looped around the water "dyke" having the feeling of one lap. At one point there will be a short section (shown 2k/3k on image) where leading runners will be passing back markers moving in the opposite direction. The track is wide enough to take 2-way running. It will be a coned and marshalled position. The park covers an area of more than 53 acres and is the second largest park in the district which also forms part of the grounds of Wycombe Abbey School.


Toilets can be found located in the car park near the run start.

Getting There

Location of start

Runners assemble outside the front of the Lido and walk a short distance to the start in the centre of the recreation ground.

Getting there by public transport

Bus Numerous buses pass by the Rye east and west bound: 1, 3, 27, 32, 35, 37, 39, 74, 305, 336, 740, A40, X74. Train The Chiltern Line rail station, High Wycombe Train Station, is less than 1km to the Rye (less than 10 mins away)

Getting there on foot

Getting there by road

The Wycombe Rye parkrun is situated on the A40 road at the eastern side of the town centre. Pay and Display parking is available at: Holywell Mead Carpark, HP11 1QX (currently 50p for two hours) - 114 spaces, 5 disabled bays, max 4 hour stay. Railway place, HP11 1XS - 0.28 miles away, 159 spaces, 2 disabled bays. Duke Street, HP13 6DU - 0.34 miles away, 167 spaces, 2 disabled bays.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the cafe at Wycombe Rye Lido - please come and join us.