The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Porthcawl Seafront, Bridgend County, South Wales. The course is run entirely on tarmac paths. 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 Porthcawl 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.
  • Dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • 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 for further details.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Porthcawl 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 Porthcawl parkrun in a larger map

Course Description

Starting on the Lower Promenade the course meanders along the Esplanade and West Drive Foreshore before climbing up on to the open expanse of Locks Common. Dropping into Rest Bay stopping short of the Lifeguard Station, at the end of the Coastal Pathway the course returns to the Pier and “Chessboard “ finish.


  • Please be aware that no dogs are allowed on site.
  • Parking: There are 3 Pay & Display car parks within a few minutes walk - see map.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in front of the Grand Pavillion at Portcawl Pier.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The town of Porthcawl is within easy reach, where there is an efficient bus and coach service. They operate regular services to and from Cardiff and Swansea from Porthcawl. There is a local bus service to/from Bridgend Town Centre.

Train: A regular local and intercity train service runs from Bridgend Rail Station and hourly services from/to London Paddington and Swansea /Wales.

Getting there on foot

Head for the Esplanade at the seafront. Meet in front of the Grand Pavillion.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is CF36 3YW.

From the M4: Travelling from the M4, take exit 37 on to the A4229, which takes you directly to Porthcawl. On arrival go straight ahead at the roundabout onto the A4106 (Duel Carriageway) and straight ahead at the next roundabout, which takes you on to the Porthcawl seafront. The Pier is on your left as you approach the seafront.

Post Run Coffee

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