The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Pembroke Bay, Vale, Guernsey. The course is run on a mixture of compacted stone-dust paths and grass tracks. 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 Guernsey 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.
  • Our course is marked with directional arrows to guide you; please be alert for these as there are several turns. Please read the course description carefully. In addition, marshals will be out on the course when available, to assist and direct you. They are there to ensure your safety so please pay close attention to their instructions.
  • Caterpillars of the brown-tailed moth are present in coastal areas, particularly in May and June and can cause skin irritation if hairs from the caterpillars come into contact with skin. The area is treated regularly to keep the caterpillar population at bay, but please seek medical advice if you notice a skin rash.
  • We share the Common on a Saturday with the Guernsey Rifle Club and other rifle range users. Red flags will be flying when the range is in use. Our course has been approved by the club; it does not encroach on any restricted area and is absolutely safe for participants. Do not be alarmed if you hear rifle shots during the event.
  • A short section at the start/finish of our course runs adjacent to L’Ancresse golf course. Please be alert for golfers on the course shouting "fore" as there is a possibility a wayward golf ball may carry across the Common close to the public footpath.
  • When running, take care on uneven surfaces, whether on grass or on footpaths. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, vehicles, maintenance work, pebbles, rabbit holes, brambles, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
  • Unfortunately, our course is not suitable for runners pushing buggies or wheel chair users as some sections are narrow and are over uneven terrain.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Guernsey 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

Course Description

Starting on the footpath to the east of the Pembroke Bay car parks, this is a gently undulating and scenic two lap course.
The first section is two-way so it is important to keep to the right hand side of the footpaths and tracks to avoid collisions.
Follow the coastal path for 0.8km to Longree car park before crossing to a grass track. Head up a gentle hill, turning right onto the start of the one-way section which follows an anti-clockwise loop.
A left turn takes the course back onto the footpath before turning right onto another grass track which sweeps around towards La Fontenelle, giving a further chance to enjoy the sea views. The route then turns left and heads back along the footpath before making a right turn onto a grass track, skirting a WWII German bunker before returning back to the two-way section.
Follow the coastal footpath once more, this time in the opposite direction, approaching the turnaround marker from right to left, for the second loop, shortly before reaching the start/finish area, which will be clearly signposted. Please stay on the right hand side of all paths and tracks to ensure you are in position to make the required turns and to allow others to pass safely.
After the second lap, continue to the finish through the finishing funnel which will be clearly marked.

Facilities

The café at The Beach House is open from 9am on Saturdays. Public toilets are available, which have disabled access.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the footpath to the east of the Pembroke Bay car parks.

Getting there by public transport

Take the Number 12 Bus to Pembroke Bay from the St Peter Port terminus (journey time estimated as 26 minutes). Please visit buses.gg for timetable information.

Getting there on foot

The run starts on the footpath to the East of the main Pembroke Bay car parks. Please refer to Perry's Guide for route information.

Getting there by road

Travel north along Route Militaire, passing Vale Parish Church car park on the left. Continue along L'Ancresse Road and La Jaonneuse Road until you reach the car parking areas at Pembroke Bay, post code GY3 5BY.

Please refer to Perry's Guide for detailed information from your location. Take care near roads and car parks. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you are driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you are late!
Please note that it is an offense to park on the Common and anyone who does so will be fined.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Beach House - please come and join us!