The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Burgess Park, Camberwell, London and run 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 Burgess 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 Burgess 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

We start in the gravelled area next to the tennis courts at the Camberwell New Road/Walworth Road end of Burgess Park.

From here, the first 1 km is a long straight, following the path of the Old Surrey Canal, heading past the finish area, under the underpass and the “Bridge to Nowhere”. The route then takes a sharp left turn, where the first marshal is stationed, followed by an immediate left again at the bin. Another shorter straight past the Community Centre leads to the second marshal point at the “Bench Turn”, where you’ll be directed to head right, towards the lake. Follow path alongside to the lake, and keep to the outside path, up to the Old Kent Road entrance, and “Tesco Turn”.

Here, take a right and run through the wooded section, under the weeping willows, and take a right to follow the inside path alongside the lake and past the fishermen and through the reeds. When you reach the top of the lake, go straight on, before bearing left and heading back the way you came originally, past the second marshal at the “Bench Turn”. At the first turn, take a left and complete the hairpin, at the far end of the Old Surrey Canal, and head along the long straight, under the “Bridge to Nowhere” and the Underpass, back to the finish area, which is on the grassy area to the left, running round the tree stump just before the table tennis tables.

The course features well-maintained tarmac throughout, and is very flat, barring a few short undulations at the underpass and Tesco Turn, so has great PB potential. It’s buggy-friendly and dog-friendly too.

Facilities

The tennis centre has lockers (£1 refundable), toilets and showers.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in the gravelled area next to the tennis courts at the Walworth Road end of Burgess Park.

Getting there by public transport

Buses12, 35, 40, 42, 45, 68, 148, 171, 176, 468 all stop on Camberwell Road / Albany Road next to park.
TubeNearest tube is Elephant & Castle (Bakerloo and Northern lines)

Getting there on foot

The westerly end of the park is just off Camberwell Road, and has bike parking available. The tennis centre is a 15 minute walk from the Old Kent Road end of the park.

Getting there by road

The turning for the tennis centre is at Addington Square just opposite the BP petrol station on Camberwell Road. Limited parking is available in Addington Square and on Albany Road. Note: it is not the Old Kent Road end of the park. Postcode for satnav: SE5 7LA

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Fowlds Cafe, Addington Square (2 minutes walk from the start, on the corner of Addington Square and Kitson Road) - please come and join us.