The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course starts from Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and towpath. 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.
The Maidstone 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:
We hope these tips help to ensure that Maidstone parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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.
The course consists of a scenic riverside run along the banks of the River Medway; starting at the Museum of Kent Life, down to Allington lock, along the towpath past Allington Castle, past the marina, across the blue bridge over the river to Whatman Park, a small loop around the play area of Whatman Park, back over the river and back into the Museum of Kent Life past the animals and ending at the top of the slope round the back of Dotty's Tea Room.
Please be considerate of any other pedestrians especially at parts along the towpath where the path narrows.
Train: Frequent direct train services from London Victoria and London Bridge (60 minutes journey time) or stations in Kent to Maidstone East or West Stations.
Bus: Bus 155 stops at both Maidstone East and West Stations, and stops near the Museum of Kent Life.
Taxi: Taxis are available at the train stations.
Boat: The Kentish Lady and Allington Belle sails from the centre of Maidstone, just five minutes’ walk from Maidstone West, 10 minutes from Maidstone East.
If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is ME14 3AU.
From M20: Exit the M20 at Junction 6. At the roundabout take Forstal Road, direction Aylesford, past the Village Hotel and first left then passing the Malta & Premier Inn, turn right and then left into the Museum of Kent Life.