The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, trail paths and grass. 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 Royal Tunbridge Wells 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.
  • The course at Dunorlan Park can be rough in places and therefore unsuitable for buggies.
  • 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 Royal Tunbridge Wells 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


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Course Description

This is a 2 lap anti-clockwise course. The start is on the crossroads on a level with the café. Run down the slope towards the boathouse, staying on the footpath before eventually crossing a wooden bridge and turning right to stay on the footpath. At the top of the footpath turn left in front of a large group of trees and turn left again soon after in order to enter the events field. Upon entry to the field turn right and keep to the right of the cones around the perimeter of the field, continuing in an anti-clockwise direction. Exit the field having completed two thirds of the perimeter and immediately turn right up the grass slope. Upon reaching the top of the slope, turn left and head towards the lake in order to join the lakeside path. Continue along the lakeside path in an anti-clockwise direction and bear right at the junction where the lakeside path goes left. Continue along the long straight and turn left in front of the fountain. Continue straight before eventually turning left, heading back towards the start. Turn left at the sign and complete this lap again. The finish funnel is on the grass just by the start line.

We apologise but the course at Dunorlan Park can be rough in places and therefore unsuitable for buggies.

Facilities

Toilets within 10 metres of cafe, Café with disabled access and disabled toilet, free parking.

Getting There

Location of start

The runs starts on the crossroads on a level with the café.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Arriva services 6, 6A, 209, 216 and 217 go along Pembury Road from Tunbridge Wells Town Centre. Check the Arriva website for details or ring Traveline on 0871 200 2233.

Getting there on foot

1 mile, 22 mins walk from the railway station. Head south towards Vale Road, turn left into Vale Road, follow the road round to the left and go over one roundabout. Turn left into Prospect Road and continue onto Pembury Road. Dunorlan park is on the right hand side.

0.8 mile, 18 mins walk from Tunbridge Wells town centre. Head east on Crescent Road toward Mount Pleasant Avenue, over one roundabout and continue on Pembury Road. The park is on the right.

Getting there by road

Dunorlan Park is on Pembury Road, the A264, 0.8mile from Tunbridge Wells town centre. Head east on Crescent Road, A264, over the roundabout, continue on A264 towards Pembury and Dunorlan Park is on your right. TN2 3QA

There is also access and parking at Hall’s Hole Road entrance. From Tunbridge Wells town centre, head east on Crescent Road A264, turn right at the roundabout, continue onto Bayhall Road and after 0.8 miles turn left into Hall’s Hole Road. TN2 4RE

From Pembury, head for Tunbridge Wells on the A264 for 2.7miles and Dunorlan Park main entrance is on the left. TN2 3QA.

From Pembury to Hall’s House Road entrance, head for Tunbridge Wells on the A264 and after 0.7 miles turn left into Halls Road. TN2 4RE.

There is limited free parking in Dunorlan Park at both the Pembury Road and Hall’s Hole Road entrances. There is also limited on-street parking and pedestrian access to the park on Bayhall Road. There are several car parks in the town centre.

Post Run Coffee

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