The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Horsham park, Horsham. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and grass. 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 Horsham 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 Horsham 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 is 3 laps anti clockwise around the outside of the park, starting on the opposite side of the pond to the assembly point following the path to join the main course. Follow the path uphill keeping the playground on your right. Taking two left turns you complete a short "C" shaped section before turning left past the skate park. After a short uphill to the north end of the park you bear left following the boundary of the park all the way to the Horsham Superbowl where you go round the "metallic tree" and join the path back to the lake. After completing 3 laps there is a short break off to the left to finish. During Winter months trail shoes may be appropriate.

Facilities

There are toilets available in the Pavilions In The Park and also in the Superbowl car park. Parking is available at Pavilions in the park on Hurst road, the Horsham Superbowl car park off Albion Way and North street.

Getting There

Location of start

We meet by the pond at the finish, where you can leave your bags and where we give the start briefing and then we all walk to the start.

Getting there by public transport

Horsham train station is 5 minutes away with main line links to London and the South coast. Buses run from local areas and stop on North street by the park see the Metro Bus website.

Getting there on foot

Both car parks border the park and the park is very open, we meet by the pond at the finish, where you can leave your bags and where we give the start briefing and then we all walk to the start.

Getting there by road

Horsham is easily accessible the north along the A264 from Crawley and the M23 and from the south via A24 or A29. Car parks are Superbowl RH12 1AH and Pavilions in the park RH12 2DF.

Post Run Coffee

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