The Course

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.

Course Safety

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:

  • 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 Maidstone 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 Maidstone parkrun in a larger map

Course Description

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.

Facilities

  • Parking: Free at the Museum of Kent Life.
  • Mooring: Private boats can be moored at Allington Lock or outside the Malta Inn.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at Museum of Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AU

Getting there by public transport

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.

Getting there on foot

Walk or cycle along the towpath to Allington Lock.

Getting there by road

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.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Dotty’s Tea Room at Museum of Kent Life - please come and join us!