The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Raphael Park, Romford. 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.
The Raphael 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 humans 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 Raphael 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
The course is 3 laps (2 large laps followed by 1 small lap). 100% tarmac course. Starting on the path by the corner to rear of the old café, running in a clockwise direction, run towards the main gate, turning right and following the path all the way along the lake, turning right and up the incline. At the top of the incline turn left (2 large laps ONLY) and follow the path around to the right towards the tennis courts, turning left and running along the front of the tennis courts following the perimeter of the playground all the way round so that you run back down the path at the rear of the tennis courts. Turn right at the end of the path and follow the path back down to the corner turning left and following the path along the perimeter fence past the finish path and across the the start line. Repeat this for lap 2.
Once 2 large laps have been completed, continue past the start line for your third and final small lap. Follow the route as the first two laps, until you reach the top of the incline, this time you TURN RIGHT (not left!) and follow the path along the perimeter fence, turning right down the tarmac finish path through the finish funnel to the right of the old cafe.
Toilets (at the Cafe at far end of park by children's playground), baggage and belongings can be left at your own risk in the bandstand.
Location of startThe run starts on the path to the left of the old café.
Getting there by public transportBuses 174 and 498 stop along Main Road directly outside the park's main gates; these can be caught from Romford.
Getting there on footFrom the town centre, head eastwards along Main Road for less than half a mile and enter the park on the left hand side.
Getting there by roadThere is a car park opposite Raphael Park on Main Road, in Lodge Farm Park. It is directly opposite the main entrance of Raphael Park and is FREE on Saturday's. There is also parking on the roads to the rear of the park, along Parkway (by the tennis courts/playground).
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!