The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Newbiggin Promenade, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, grass and sand . 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 Newbiggin-by-the-Sea 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.
  • There is a beach ban for dogs between 1st May through to 30th September. Dogs will only be allowed to partake in the months outside this ban.
  • 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 Newbiggin-by-the-Sea 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

A 2 lap course around the Bay, Promenade and Milburn Park area of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. Predominantly tarmac paths with a few short sections of grass and sand.

The run starts near the Maritime Centre and heads along the whole length of the Promenade, followed by a clockwise loop around Milburn Park (old tennis courts). You then run back along the Promenade and turn just before the Sailing Club to start the second lap. At the end of the second lap the run finishes on the Promenade near Bertorelli's Caffe.

There is a 500 metre section where there will be 2 way traffic of runners on the Promenade.

There is a beach ban for dogs between 1st May through to 30th September. Dogs will only be allowed to partake in the months outside this ban.

Facilities

There are public toilets at Prospect Place (Cresswell Arms) near the car park at the Maritime Centre.
New public toilets on Front Street adjacent to the town square will be open from November 2017.
There are public toilets within the Maritime Centre

There is a children's play park next to the Maritime Centre

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts near the Maritime Centre.

Getting there by public transport

Arriva X21 runs from Newcastle Haymarket to Newbiggin (Cresswell Arms stop) via Bedlington, Stakeford and Ashington

Arriva 35 runs from Morpeth Bus Station to Newbiggin via Pegswood, North Seaton and Ashington

Getting there on foot

The Promenade is visible to the south of the Maritime Centre car park and it is a very short walk to the start area.

The Promenade is only a few metres to the south of Front Street and can be accessed via the Town Square or several public footpaths. Once on the Promenade bear left for the Maritime Centre and start area.

Getting there by road

For Sat Navs use postcode NE64 6DB

Free parking is available at the car park next to Newbiggin Maritime Centre, NE64 6BD.

Other car parks are located at: Wilkie Terrace NE64 6AA, New King Street NE64 6BD, New Queen Street NE64 6DF, and there is a large car park at Newbiggin Leisure Centre NE64 6HG.

Post Run Coffee

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