The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at 360 Beach & Watersports, Swansea. The course is run entirely on tarmac 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 Swansea Bay 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.
  • As the paths on the course are narrow dogs and buggies are not allowed at this event.
  • 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 Swansea Bay 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

This is an out and back course along the seafront starting at the Cenotaph, heading towards Mumbles. The turn is at Blackpill and returns along the same course, finishing at 360 Beach & Watersports.

The pre-run and first timers breifings will take place outside 360 cafe before heading to the start at the Cenotaph.

As the paths on the course are narrow dogs and buggies are not allowed at this event.

Facilities

Toilets and café at event HQ. Also showers.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the Cenotaph.
The pre-run and first timers breifings will take place outside 360 cafe before heading to the start at the Cenotaph.

Getting there by public transport

The following bus routes travel along Mumbles Road with stops a short distance from the start - 2/2A/2B, 3/3A, 14, 4, 35, 85, 82A

From Swansea train station the number 4 bus stops outside 360.

Getting there on foot

360 Beach & Watersports is on the Promenade opposite St Helens Rugby ground.
360 is approximately a 20 to 30 minute walk from Swansea City Centre.

Getting there by road

If using Satnav, the nearest postcode is SA2 0AY

From town/city centre: Travel westbound from Swansea City Centre along Mumbles Road and 360 Beach & Watersports is on the left hand side opposite St Helens Rugby ground.

From major motorway:
From the East, leave the M4 at J42 and follow signs for Swansea. From Swansea, follow directions above.
From West, leave motorway at J47. Follow signs for Swansea, then Singleton Hospital. Go past the hospital and turn left onto Mumbles Road.

There is a pay and display car park at 360 Beach & Watersports
Further car parking is available at the Recreation Ground on Mumbles Road. Car park is usually free on a Saturday unless there is an event or Swansea University open day.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at 360 Beach & Watersports - please come and join us!