The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Bishop’s Park, London. The course is run entirely on paved 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 Fulham 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.
  • 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 Fulham 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 our Support page.

Course Map


View Fulham Palace parkrun in a larger map

Course Description

The course is an anti-clockwise 'almost' 3 lapper around Bishop's Park.
We will meet in the central court near the children's playground and then walk to the start line after the briefing. The course starts on the north side of the park on the path that goes along Stevenage Road. Then the route goes left along Fulham FC stadium and left again on the path along the river Thames. The runners will then turn left along the large grass area and left again on the path that goes along Fulham Palace and towards the children playground where they'll reach the start again. The runners will do this lap 2 times and on the 3rd lap will finish back in the central court (as shown on the map).

Facilities

Getting There

Location of start

We will meet in the central court near the children's playground and then walk to the start line after the briefing. The course starts on the north side of the park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: A number of buses stop on Fulham Palace Road, within a few minutes’ walk of Fulham Palace.
Nearest buses 74, 220, 430 (alight on Fulham Palace Road at Bishop’s Park Road bus stop, near to garden centre). Five minutes walk to Fulham Palace along Bishop’s Avenue.
85, 93, 265 (alight at or near Putney Bridge). Ten minutes walk.

Underground: Putney Bridge Underground station (District Line) is approximately eight minutes walk. Shortest distance on foot is to follow the Thames Path west along the river through Bishop’s Park, midway through the Park is the Bishop’s Avenue gate, exit through gate and immediately right into Fulham Palace grounds.

National Rail: Putney Station (15 minutes walk). On departing the station turn right, walk down Putney High Street, across Putney Bridge. Take the steps down to follow the Thames Path west through Bishop’s Park, midway through the park is the Bishop’s Avenue gate, exit through gate and turn immediately right into Fulham Palace grounds.

Getting there on foot

Fulham Palace and Bishop’s Park are easily accessible on foot.
From Fulham Palace Road, turn on to Bishop’s Avenue, continue to the end of Bishop’s Avenue, turn left through the stone pillared Fulham Palace gates.
From Bishop’s Park exit through the Bishop’s Avenue gates, turn immediately right through the stone pillared gates into the Fulham Palace grounds.

Getting there by road

Bishops Park is situated in South West London, a few yards away from Putney Bridge.
We highly recommend that you use public transport if attending Fulham Palace parkrun. There is no general parking available. There are a large number of parking spaces on Bishop’s Avenue which are metered. Please note that parking is restricted to one hour on Fulham Football Club match days.
If using a SAT NAV, enter : SW6 6EA
Access is via Bishop’s Avenue. The entrance to Fulham Palace is at the end of Bishop’s Avenue, on the left hand side.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Fulham Palace Café - please come and join us!