The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at The Leas, South Shields. The course is run on a mixture of trail paths and concrete 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 Shields 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.
  • 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 lymediseaseuk.com for further details.

We hope these tips help to ensure that South Shields 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

The run starts on the sea front promenade outside of the Sanddancer pub. From the start follow the promenade towards the Leas. At the gate at the end of the promenade run directly across the grass and join the coastal path next to the large rock. Follow the scenic coastal path up the Tarmac bank and along the cliff tops all the way to the Minchella & Co ice cream hut at the bottom of Marsden bank. Turn right onto the Coast Rd and trace the route of the last mile of the Great North Run along the pavement. The finish is on the Leas opposite the Bamburgh pub.

Facilities

Parking is available along the A183 Coast Rd and in the seafront car parks. There is no parking available inside Gypsies Green Stadium.
There are toilets available at the clubhouse inside Gypsies Green Stadium. During the Summer months there are public toilets open under the band stand outside the entrance to Gypsies Green Stadium.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the sea front promenade outside of the Sanddancer pub.

Getting there by public transport

Metro Exit from South Shields Metro Station by following the signs “Seaside (Walking route 10-15 minutes)”. Turn right and walk along the pedestrianised King Street. Continue straight ahead following the sign “The Coast A183” along Ocean Road. Just past the public house, The Marine, turn right into South Marine Park. Take the middle of the three paths and follow the yellow line that leads you past the boating lake, bear right to exit from the park. Cross over the main road in the direction of the sea and walk towards the sea front to the promenade.

BusStagecoach operate a number of bus services that stop along the South Shields coast. The number 10 & 11 services run every 30 minutes during the day (customers should alight on Bents Park Road). Meanwhile the E1 service runs every 20 minutes during the day and customers should alight on Sea Road.

Getting there on foot

From South Shields town centre (and Metro station) follow the signs to The Coast. Turn right and head towards the Sand Dancer pub and Gypsies Green stadium. The start is on the sea front promenade outside of the Sanddancer pub.

Getting there by road

Follow the signs to The Coast. There is free parking all along the A183 Coast Road.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Bamburgh on the Coast Road - please come and join us!