The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Dartford Heath, Dartford. The course is run on a mixture of woodland paths and trail 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 Dartford Heath 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 Dartford Heath 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

This a a two-lap course, starting close to the Donkey Pond in the south-east corner of Dartford Heath (between Heath Lane and Old Bexley Lane). The route travels west towards Oakfield Lane, before turning north for a returning loop up and down an avenue of tall birch trees and a small section of woodland. The route continues around the perimeter of the Heath in a clockwise direction, before the circuit is repeated, and finishes at the Donkey Pond. The course is a mixture of firm paths, grass, and woodland.

Facilities

There are no facilities. The venue is simply an area of wild heath.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts close to the Donkey Pond.

Getting there by public transport

The nearest railway station is Crayford, around 1.5 miles to the north west of Dartford Heath. Trains are more frequent from Dartford station, around 2 miles to the north east. The 492 bus stops at the corner of Shepherds Lane and Havelock Road, approximately half a mile from the Heath.

Getting there on foot

The venue is approximately half a mile south along Heath Lane from Dartford Heath Retail Park. From Dartford town centre, take Lowfield Street, Heath Street, and Heath Lane down as far as Princes Road, then cross at the traffic lights, and proceed further south down Heath Lane.

Getting there by road

Dartford Heath lies on the north side of the A2, at the intersection of the A2018, to the north of the village of Wilmington.

Parking There is very limited car parking facilities. There is limited car parking for volunteers only at Heath Lane car park. Runners are asked to park at Denton Road car park, or park considerately in local streets. Visitors are asked to park considerately in the streets between Heath Lane and Shepherds Lane.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the end, please bring your own refreshments as there is no local café - please come and join us!