The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. It's run in Crystal Palace Park and entirely on tarmac or gravel paths, although some sections of the course do accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain.. 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 Crystal Palace 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Crystal Palace 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


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Course Description

The course is in Crystal Palace Park off Thicket Road. The course is round an open green space which passes a lake which features the dinosaurs and the farm. Some parts are flat, fast and on tarmac paths and some slight hills. The gravel paths might be slippery when wet and could be muddy at times. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or temporary signs in place.

Facilities

There are pubic toilets next to the start.

Getting There

Location of start

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  • Getting there by public transport

    By Train Crystal Palace Station is situated next to the Park off Anerley Hill. The station has regular trains to London Bridge, Victoria and Croydon. The train from Victoria takes approximately half an hour and the line is run by Southern service from West Croydon to London Victoria. Penge West Station is via Thicket Road to Penge gate entrance. The line is managed by Southern and trains are from: London Bridge to Sutton via West Croydon Charing Cross to Caterham Charing Cross to Tattehnham Corner Penge East Station is via Thicket Road to Penge gate entrance. The line is operated by Southeastern. Main stations to Penge East are Kingscross Thameslink, London Victoria, Charing Cross station. Journey time from London Victoria is approximately 16 minutes. By Bus From the northern end of the Park on the road of Crystal Palace Parade you can get the following buses: 2, 3, 63, 122, 137a, 202, 227, 249, 306, 322, 358 From the southern end of the Park (which has the Penge entrance onto Thicket Road) you can get these buses: 194, 227, 312

    Getting there on foot

    Crystal Palace park is about a 10 minute walk from Crystal Palace Station, 5 minute walk from Penge West Station and 15 minute walk from Penge East Station

    Getting there by road

    From the M25 Motorway Head southwest on M25 toward Exit 3. At junction 3, exit toward A20/London(SE & C)/Lewisham. The at the roundabout, take the 5th exit onto the A20 ramp to London (SE)/Lewisham and merge onto A20. Take the A222 exit toward Bromley/Chislehurst/Sidcup. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A222/Perry St and continue to follow A222. Turn right at B264/Old Hill and continue to follow B264. Turn right at A222/Widmore Rd and then turn left at A222/East St and continue to follow A222. Take the 1st right onto A222/High St and turn left at A222/Beckenham Ln continuing to follow A222. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto A234/Beckenham Rd and continue to follow A234. The turn left at Anerley Park and take the 3rd right onto Anerley Park Rd. Turn right at Thicket Rd Not using the M25 Motorway From the A205: Head northeast on A205/Rochester Way toward Cobbett Road. At Well Hall Rd, take the 4th exit onto A205/Rochester Way Relief Rd. Turn left at A205/Westhorne Ave and continue to follow A205. Go through 2 roundabouts and then turn right at A205/Sangley Rd. Continue to follow A205 and continue onto A212/Catford Hill. Continue to follow A212 and go through 1 roundabout. Turn left at Lawrie Park Rd and then turn left at A234/Crystal Palace Park Rd. Continue to follow A234 and turn right at Anerley Park. Take the 3rd right onto Anerley Park Rd and turn right at Thicket Rd. Continue to follow to car park. From the A23: Head north on A23/Purley Way toward Queensway. Turn right at A232/Purley Way and continue to follow A232. Turn left at A232/Park Ln and continue to follow Park Ln. Continue onto A212/Wellesley Rd and continue to follow Wellesley Rd. Turn left at A222/Wellesley Rd and continue to follow A222. Turn right at A222/Hogarth Crescent then turn left at A212/White Horse Rd. Turn right at A213/Northcote Rd and continue to follow A213. Turn left at A214/Anerley Rd then turn right at Thicket Rd. From the A232: Head southeast on A232/Croydon Rd toward B272/Plough Ln, Turn left at A23/Purley Way and at A236, take the 4th exit onto A236/Mitcham Rd. Turn left at A213/Sumner Rd and then turn left at A235/London Rd. Turn right at A213/St James's Rd and then turn left at A213/Windmill Rd. Continue to follow A213 and turn left at A214/Anerley Rd. Then turn right at Thicket Rd

    Post Run Coffee

    Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Crystal Palace Park Cafe - please come and join us.