The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Norman Park off Hayes Lane/A21 Bromley Common and run on a mix of tarmac paths and grassy gravel 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 Bromley 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 Bromley 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 route is two and a third clockwise laps of the park, keeping the marker cones on your right at all times.

Facilities

Toilets and changing area (items left at owner’s risk) can be found at the pavilion near the finish line.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts close to the children’s playground.

Getting there by public transport

By bus The 61, 208, 261, 320, 358 all pass the Bromley Common A21 entrance to Norman Park. Alternatively the following buses pass the Hayes Lane entrance to the park. 119, 146 and the 314.
By train The nearest station to the ground is Bromley South which is serviced by trains from London Victoria. There are also two services an hour from London Blackfriars. If your train from London goes via East Croydon it may be easier to get off there and catch the 119 bus to the ground (approximate journey time: 40 minutes)

Getting there on foot

Norman Park is about a 25 minute walk from Bromley South station.

Getting there by road

From the M25 Motorway Exit the M25 at Junction 4, London (SE) and Bromley. Stay on the A21 for approximately 7 miles. At Bromley College of Further Education continue on the A21 for a further quarter of a mile, then turn left into Hook Farm Road BR2 9SX. It is a small road and easy to miss, but has a speed camera at its entrance.
Not using the M25 Motorway Hayes Lane, BR2 9EJ is situated between the A21 London to Hastings Road and the A232 Croydon to Orpington Road. The entrance to Norman Park is opposite Mead Way at a mini roundabout. Although larger, the Hayes Lane car park can get busy. There is a 7ft width barrier from the A21 road in Hayes Lane so large vehicles/coaches should not approach from this direction. If travelling from the east, use the Hook Farm Road BR2 9SX entrance off the A21 Bromley Common

Post Run Coffee

Every week, in the pavilion right by the finish line, we provide Bromley parkrunners with post-run refreshments of a free cup of tea or coffee, homemade cakes and other goodies and a chance to catch up with family, friends and fellow club runners. Everyone's welcome!