The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Castle Road (behind the swimming pool), Tonbridge. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, gravel paths and grass. 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 Tonbridge 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 humans 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 Tonbridge 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


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Course Description

Starting at the main entrance to the Park next to the Lower castle Car Park we head anti clockwise around the outside of the football pitches along the path, over the humpback bridge and towards the cycle path. At the 'T' junction we turn right for 100m and then switch back and head towards the railway line. Then, under the very low railway bridge and then take the cycle/walk route over Lucifer Bridge towards Haysden Park, through Haysden Park completing one lap clockwise of Barden Lake before returning to the start/finish line using the same route as the out-bound leg but in reverse.

Facilities

Toilets are located just inside of the swimming pool entrance.
Post run coffee is in the swimming pool cafe

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the main entrance to the Park next to the Lower castle Car Park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Take the Arriva 7, 77 and 402 to Tonbridge High Street. Then 7/8 minutes walk. From Tonbridge High Street, turn into Castle Street (opposite the Rose and Crown Hotel). At the end of the road turn left into Bank Street and follow the road all the way round following the signs for the swimming pool.

Getting there on foot

From Tonbridge High Street, turn into Castle Street (opposite the Rose and Crown Hotel). At the end of the road turn left into Bank Street and follow the road all the way round following the signs for the swimming pool. Bike racks are outside the entrance to the swimming pool.

Getting there by road

Please car share if you can.
For Sat-Nav Navigate to The Slade, Tonbridge, TN9 1HR

Please see the Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council website for a map of all the car parks in Tonbridge.

From the M25/A21 Heading South: Leave the motorway at junction 5 (A21) in the direction of Sevenoaks/Hastings. After 4 miles, leave the A21 and take the 2nd exit (B245) at that junction in the direction of Tonbridge. Stay on this road for 4.5 miles and you will reach Tonbridge High Street. Carry on straight down the High Street for 200 yards and turn right into Castle Street (opposite the Rose and Crown Hotel, right next to NatWest bank). At the end of Castle Street turn left into Bank Street and follow the road round. Take the first left (not the car park) and follow the road to the end. The swimming pool is on the left.

From the A21 Heading North: Leave the A21 at the South Tonbridge exit onto Vauxhall Lane (A2014) and stay on this road until you reach the roundabout. Take the first exit onto Pembury Road and follow this road to the very end where you will reach another roundabout (Tonbridge Police station will be on your left). Turn right at this roundabout and then keep going straight on through Tonbridge High Street. 100 yards after you cross the river, turn left into Castle Street (opposite the Rose and Crown Hotel, right next to NatWest bank). At the end of Castle Street turn left into Bank Street and follow the road round. Take the first left (not the car park) and follow the road to the end. The swimming pool is on the left.

From the A26 Heading South: Stay on the A26 all the way to the junction with Tonbridge High Street (a traffic light controlled junction where the Church and the Ivy House pub will be on your left). Turn left and carry on straight down the High Street for 200 yards and turn right into Castle Street (opposite the Rose and Crown Hotel, right next to NatWest bank). At the end of Castle Street turn left into Bank Street and follow the road round. Take the first left (not the car park) and follow the road to the end. The swimming pool is on the left.

From the A26 Heading North: Stay on the A26 all the way into Tonbridge and go straight over both roundabouts in Tonbridge High Street. Continue through the town centre then, 100 yards after you cross the river, turn left into Castle Street (opposite the Rose and Crown Hotel, right next to NatWest bank). At the end of Castle Street turn left into Bank Street and follow the road round. Take the first left (not the car park) and follow the road to the end. The swimming pool is on the left.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Swimming Pool Café - please come and join us!