The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Apex Park, Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and 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 Burnham and Highbridge 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 Burnham and Highbridge 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

Course Description

The course comprises a clockwise loop of Apex Park and an out-and-back section beside the River Brue and along a short section of the Esplanade. From the start behind Lizzies Kitchen, you follow a tarmac path through the park, with the lake on the left hand side. Shortly after the lake you turn right and follow cycle route 33 for 100 meters before making another right turn. This leads to the riverside path which you follow to the end before bearing left on to the Esplanade. A seating area on the Esplanade provides a turning point and you retrace your steps along the seafront and the riverside path. After 500m beside the river you turn left into the park and follow a tarmac path leading to the lake, now on your right, and the finish.

Facilities

Limited toilets are available. Free car parking is to be found adjacent to the start and finish areas.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts behind Lizzies Kitchen.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Firstbus route 21 and Webber route 15/75 between Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge pass Apex Park.

Train: Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Station is approximately 1.6km from the start in Apex Park. Take Market Street to the town centre and then take a bus or follow the directions on foot.

Getting there on foot

The start in Apex park is approximately 1km from Burnham-on-Sea town centre along Marine Drive, or 1.3km from Highbridge town centre along Tyler Way, Newtown Road and the cycle path through Apex Park.

Getting there by road

Apex Park is off Marine Drive, Burnham-on-Sea. From Burnham-on-Sea esplanade take Marine Drive; from Burnham-on-Sea town centre take Highbridge Road (B3139). From Highbridge take Burnham Road (B3139). For SATNAV users the post code is TA8 1LT.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the mobile cafe in the park - please come and join us!