Salisbury parkrun takes place at 9 am on Saturdays in Churchill Gardens, right in the centre of Salisbury.
The roundabout where the main roads into Salisbury (A36 and A354) converge is right on the corner of Churchill Gardens. The entrance to the gardens is signposted. Be careful if you’re using satnav; the postcode on the parkrun website takes you to the wrong location (you’ll end up in the college on the other side of the road). Look out instead for the car park signs. Salisbury Station is about a mile away. By bus, the X3 and R1 Red stop at St Osmunds School, a 5 minute walk from the start.
There is plenty of free car parking in the gardens.
There is a toilet block near the car park, a short walk from the start.
The course consists of 4 laps of a paved loop around the park, starting and finishing at a point inside the loop. Don’t forget to turn on your 4th loop!
The course is run on paved paths within the gardens.
Salisbury is flat and fairly fast. The only thing to slow you down (other than natural ability) are a couple of tight turns and a pinch point at the bridge near the start. Run Britain rankings for UK parkruns places Salisbury as 172nd fastest out of 706. It has a total elevation of 5 metres.
It’s a bit repetitive with its 4 laps and it can get a bit crowded when the faster runners start to lap the slower runners. But it’s a pretty park for a Saturday morning saunter. For your post run refreshments, there’s a Starbucks just down the road which offers a 10% discount if you show your parkrun barcode.
Churchill Gardens are a 12 minute walk from Salisbury Cathedral. This famous cathedral boasts Britain’s tallest spire (popular with Russian spies!), the world’s oldest mechanical clock and a copy of the Magna Carta. Tickets cost £9 in advance (£11 on the day) and are valid for a year.
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