The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at South Norwood Country Park, South Norwood. The course is run entirely on trail 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 South Norwood 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 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 South Norwood 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

The course consists of just over 2 laps of the perimeter of the South Norwood Country Park and follows mainly good trail paths with a couple of sections on softer ground that are subject to being slippery in wet conditions.

Facilities

South Norwood Country Park offers
  • Wild flower meadows
  • Wet land and lake
  • Viewing mound
  • Children's playground
  • Pitch and putt
  • Visitors centre with cycle parking
  • Toilets including facilities for Radar keyholders are available either at the Country Park or the Croydon Arena

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in South Norwood Country Park.

Getting there by public transport

Travel by Tram is the best option. Alight at either Arena or Hartington Road tram stops for a short walk to the Country Park.

Getting there on foot

There are a number of foot access only entrances to the Country Park making it more accessible to local residents than visitors.
The main access points are from Albert Road and Elmers End Road.
Access from Croydon Arena is a short walk to the Country Park as is access from the Tram stops (Arena and Hartington Road).

Getting there by road

The entrance to the Country Park is off Albert Road, South Norwood. The postcode for use with Satnav is SE25 4QL.

The Country Park is set in a residential area and can only be accessed following local roads.

The A215 (Portland Road) runs parallel to Albert Road and is accessible from the A213 and A222.

Parking will be available at the Croydon Arena. Please note that there is no parking available on adjacent residential roads or at the Country Park itself.

Post Run Coffee

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