From 21st April 2018 Southwark parkrun will be changing its route to accommodate the construction of a new pavilion in the park.
Please note that around 750 metres of the new route takes place on grass. This means we are now a mixed terrain course and not exclusively tarmac. You may wish to consider what footwear you choose when attending as the course may feature mud if it’s been raining.
The recommended meeting area for parkrunners is near to the finish area, where you’ll be able to leave a bag (at your own risk) if you so wish. After the briefs we will head round the lake to the start line. Volunteers should head to the finish funnel for check-in.
The course consists of 3.5 laps. Each 1,400 metre lap follows the same route, except that the 4th lap features a turn off for the finish line after 800m, hence it’s only half a lap.
Our expectation is that this new route will remain in place until the construction works are complete, provisionally scheduled for November 2018.
Is it still 5km?
Yes, all Saturday parkrun events are 5km so that’s not changing.
Will it still be 3 laps?
No, it will now be 3.5 laps: 3 longer laps of 1,400 metres followed by a shorter lap of 800 metres. The maps at the top of this page should help illustrate these.
How much of the route is on grass?
A 250 m section which you run 3 times will be on grass. The finish area will also be on grass. We are a mixed-terrain course.
Do we still meet at the same place?
No, as the start and finish lines are both moving. The meeting point for parkrunners will be near to the finish (see above image). Please arrive in time for the pre-run brief at 8:55, or for the New Runner Brief at 8:50 if you have not visited us since April 2018. There'll be opportunities to leave a bag near to the finish line but be aware that this is at your own risk so we recommend not to bring anything valuable.
What does this mean for volunteering?
Most of the volunteer roles will be unchanged although we will be re-positioning where the marshals stand. As always full training will be provided before the run.
We expect to require more volunteers each week to help us manage the changes. We’re always incredibly grateful for all volunteer contributions so if you’re able to join us one week we’d love to hear from you (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What else is changing?
That’s about it really. Same old timed 5k run/jog/walk. Same old lovely community.
We’ll still go to the Surrey Docks afterwards though, right?
Of course, and we’d love you to join us!
Is the route suitable for …
… dogs? Yes, although the ‘one dog per person and only on a short lead’ rule still applies. ("Can I run with my dog?")
… wheelchairs? From a safety perspective we consider it to be safe but please bear in mind that 750 metres will be on grass which could be muddy after rain. Ultimately it is at the discretion of each wheelchair user to decide whether they feel the terrain will be suitable. If you're unsure please drop us a line at email@example.com and we'd be happy to advise (also see "Can I parkrun in a wheelchair?")
… running buggies? See the above advice regarding wheelchairs (also "Can children take part?").
If you have any general questions about parkrun events you can try searching on the main support area: https://support.parkrun.com/. You can also contact our event team at firstname.lastname@example.org.