The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Southsea Esplanade, Southsea. The course is run entirely on paved esplanade . 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 Southsea 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.
- 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 make sure you’re fit enough to run 5k (3.1 miles). 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.
- 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.
- This is a free training event, so all run and attend at their own risk.
We hope these tips help to ensure that Southsea 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 the Running For Fitness
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The course starts at Speakers Corner by Rocksby’s Café and heads east along the esplanade, passing under the canopy of South Parade Pier, turning shortly after the Royal Marine Barracks and returning via the same route.
Location of start
The run starts at Speakers Corner by Rocksby’s Café.
Getting there by public transport
Portsmouth is a small city with a big population, we would actively encourage those coming from outside to not use their cars.
Train: Portsmouth is served by four train stations, three of which are within easy cycle of the route (Portsmouth Harbour, Portsmouth and Southsea and Fratton). Fratton is closest to the site, however, if you are unfamiliar with the city, get off at Portsmouth Harbour and follow the cycle routes to Southsea Castle it is approximately 15 minutes along this seafront route.
From Portsmouth Harbour: http://goo.gl/maps/moAEB
From Portsmouth and Southsea: http://goo.gl/maps/yCR78
From Fratton: http://goo.gl/maps/aByvg
Bus: The number one bus calls at all the main train stations as well as Gun Wharf and Commercial Road (where other buses interconnect), a full Saturday timetable is available here from the first group website.
Getting there on foot
There is a dual pedestrian and cycle route along the seafront which will lead you to South Parade Pier. The start line is located behind Rocksby’s Cafe at Speakers’ Corner. For the more enthusiastic and distant amongst our followers there are a number of distance cycle tracks coming into the city from Emsworth and Fareham as well as Lee on Solent (via the Gosport Ferry).
Getting there by road
Should you need to travel by car, there is ample parking along the seafront, you will need to pay and in peak summer season traffic can be heavy coming into and leaving the city, particularly when the sun shines.
Come into the city via the M275, follow signs for the seafront and Royal Marines Museum. We are located adjacent to South Parade Pier.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Rocksbys Restaurant - please come and join us!