The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Hotham Park, Bognor Regis. The course is run entirely on tarmac paths. 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 Bognor Regis 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.
  • 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 Bognor Regis 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


View Bognor Regis parkrun in a larger map

Course Description

Due to building work in the park, the course will be temporarily diverted:

This is a 4 lap run of a small lap followed by 3 longer laps around the pathways and alleyways of Hotham Park and its perimeter. Starting next to the Hotham Park Cafe, runners cross the miniature railway track to complete the first smaller lap of approximately 700m before heading south west of the conservation area and into the wide alleyway. A short run along the alley and a right turn back into the park and a loop round to the Start area before a left turn to the internal section of pathways before joining the main path back to the start area and 2 more laps.
The run is completely flat and on well maintained pathways.

Facilities

Toilets, car park (pay and display) and a childrens play area.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts adjacent to the boating lake.

Getting there by public transport

Most buses that travel to Bognor stop at Southcoast World. The entrance to Hotham Park is 75 metres east of the bus stop.

Getting there on foot

From the train station leave via the south exit past taxi rank and into one way system.

Getting there by road

From Middleton on Sea/Elmer Follow the A259 to Bognor until you pass South Coast World. The car park is on the small roundabout where the A259 heads towards Chichester and Bognor town Centre.
From Chichester Follow the A259 for Bognor Regis then pick up the brown signs for Hotham Park and Southcoast World.

Post Run Coffee

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