The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Beckenham Place Park, Beckenham. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, gravel paths and grass. 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 Beckenham Place 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.
  • Runners pushing buggies are also welcome, but please take extreme care of other runners around you. If possible start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to human's through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Beckenham Place 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 the Running For Fitness website.

Course Map

Course Description

The course is run in the east section of Beckenham Place Park and can be accessed from Old Bromley Road, Ravensbourne Avenue or Beckenham Hill Road. It is run on a mixture of gravel and tarmac paths and grass. 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, and cones will be used to indicate the route. The route starts at the south east corner of the park (near the Ravensbourne Avenue entrance) and is two full clockwise laps of the park, keeping the marker cones on your right at all times.

Facilities

There are no facilities at this time, but plans are being drawn up for a major refurbishment of the park, so we hope to have more on offer in the future.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the south east corner of the park (near the Ravensbourne Avenue entrance).

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The 354 stops close to the Ravensbourne Avenue end of the park, otherwise routes 54, 136, 181, 208, 320 and 336 all pass close to either the Old Bromley Road or Beckenham Hill Road entrances.
Train: The nearest station to this event is Ravensbourne. This station is on the Thameslink line from St Albans through Blackfriars and Bromley South to Sevenoaks - trains run every 30 mins

Getting there on foot

The start area in Beckenham Place Park is about a 5 minute walk from Ravensbourne Station or a 15 minute walk from Beckenham Hill Station or Bromley Road.

Getting there by road

When driving from Bromley or Beckenham the best place to aim for is Crab Hill / Ravensbourne Avenue (approximate postcode BR3 5HG). There is on-street parking in this area. There is also a car park at the other end of the park, accessible from Old Bromley Road (approximate postcode BR1 4JZ).

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!