Woodbank Parkrun

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Overview

The course is 5000m (5K) long. It's run in Woodbank Park, starting on the main path heading towards the athletics track and run mainly on tarmac. The finish is on a grassy section close to the start, next to the animal war memorial. 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.

Course Description

The run starts on the wide open path of Woodbank Park, heading towards the athletic track. The first small loop is in a clockwise direction. Once you've run past the animal war memorial, there are two loops to complete and you will be going round in an anti-clockwise direction. You'll also enter neighbouring Vernon Park; where the paths are narrower and more enclosed. After starting you'll complete approx 700 mtrs and find yourself at the animal war memorial. There is a short section of trail, after the memorial. Be careful here as there may be mud if the weather is inclement and there are some tree roots on this path. Go through the gate and enter Vernon Park. Turning to the right you will pass an enclosed garden area with the museum on your left. A steep descent takes you down into the park. The park has many interlacing paths, but the route will be clearly marked and marshalled. There is a tight left turn at the bottom of the hill where it levels out as it goes towards the sharp left turn at the furthest point in the park. An incline takes you under the bridge and past the Bowling Greens to your right, here the path is cobbled for about 20 metres. The route now takes you out of the main gate of Vernon Park and through Woodbank's main gate back into the park. Be careful on this short stretch as the road runs parallel with the route and there is a car park entrance. Marshals will always be stationed here for runners' safety. As you follow the route, the path splits here and you need to take the right hand fork; this is marked with cones. This path winds its way back towards the track, but this time you will be going in the opposite direction to when you started the run. Carry on past the track and turn left heading towards the animal war memorial. After passing the memorial you will start a second loop and follow the same directions. As you come up to the memorial at the end of your second loop the finish line will be set off to the left on the grass.

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