The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Clacton Seafront, Clacton-on-Sea. 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 Clacton Seafront 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 Clacton Seafront 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 parkrun starts on the top promenade to the north of the Greensward Cafe Adventure Golf on Marine Parade West. We head initially in a southerly direction bearing left after the Greensward Cafe, then on the flat lower promenade in the direction of Clacton Pier. Just before the Pier, proceed left up the incline until reaching the top promenade. At the top of the slope, turn left and proceed along the top promenade, down the gentle decline back the starting point. This completes the first lap. Laps one, two and three are identical, on completing the third lap participants should proceed past the starting point, and bear left towards the Greensward - then turn left past the cone onto the grass. Proceed towards the finish funnel which is located directly ahead, across the slightly undulating grass section.

Facilities

There are a number of cafes located on Clacton Seafront front including The Greensward Cafe and Toby Carvery which are located within a short walk of the start and finish points, and the Beach Diner which is further along the promenade near the RNLI station.

There is a toilet block located on the seafront on the lower promenade, which is within 50 metres of the start and finish points.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on the top promenade on Marine Parade West, by the seafront shelter located next to Greensward Cafe Adventure Golf.

Getting there by public transport

If taking the train, get off at Clacton-on-Sea rail station. It is a 20 minute (1 mile) walk to the seafront shelter on Marine Parade West where parkrun starts. If using the bus network the closest bus stop to the starting point is Martello Inn.

Getting there on foot

The starting line is located on the top promenade on Marine Parade West. The sea will be straight in front of you with the Clacton Pier on the far left hand side, and the Greenward Cafe and Adventure Golf to your right.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV the nearest post code is CO15 1NB.
Pay and display car parking is available in the Tendring District Council Martello coach and carpark or Hastings Avenue carpark. Alternatively, there is free limited road parking available, however, please remember to avoid the double yellow lines and residents parking areas.

Post Run Coffee

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