The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Worthing promenade, Brighton Rd, Worthing. 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 Worthing 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 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 Worthing 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

The course is a flat run, entirely run on tarmac. The start line is in the Splash Point area on Worthing promenade (close to the pier), and it is an out-and-back course finishing adjacent to (the similarly named) Splashpoint Leisure Centre. The run takes you past the Pavilion and toward Goring, before turning round and finishing outside Splashpoint Leisure centre.
The course is on tarmac but there may be a covering of pebbles following inclement weather due to the close proximity to the beach. Therefore, occasionally there may be Saturdays where it is deemed unsuitable to run from a health and safety perspective.

Facilities

Public toilets are located at various points along the promenade including the Lido and Worthing Pavilion.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in the Splash Point area on Worthing promenade (close to the pier).

Getting there by public transport

Train: Worthing parkrun is close to two railway stations, Worthing main station and East Worthing. Worthing station: Services call at Worthing’s main station regularly from Chichester, Angmering, Littlehampton, Lancing, Shoreham-by-Sea, Hove and Brighton as well as many other destinations. Worthing station is around a 10-15 minute walk to Splashpoint.
East Worthing station: One of Worthing’s local stations situated on Ham Road. Services call at East Worthing around every half hour. East Worthing station is around a 10-15 minutes walk to Splashpoint Leisure Centre.

Bus: Stagecoach is the local bus company in Worthing. All bus and coach routes into Worthing stop in Marine Parade, opposite the Dome, which is situated approximately 3 minutes walk from Splashpoint.
The following routes also run close to Splashpoint Leisure Centre:
Coastliner 700: The Stagecoach Coastliner 700 bus passes directly outside Splashpoint Leisure Centre and runs on a regular basis around Worthing, bus also providing services from Chichester, Arundel, Littlehampton and Brighton and many more. Please see the Stagecoach website for Coastliner 700 timetables.
Pulse: The Stagecoach Pulse route serves Lancing, Sompting and Worthing and runs close to Splashpoint Leisure Centre on Lyndhurst Road. Please see the Stagecoach website for number 9 route timetables.
Number 9: The number 9 route serves Littlehampton, Angmering, Worthing, Sompting, Lancing and Shoreham-by-Sea and runs close to Splashpoint Leisure Centre on Lyndhurst Road. Please see the Stagecoach website for Pulse route timetables.

Getting there on foot

The Splash Point area is very easy to cycle or walk to.
It is located conveniently close to Worthing town centre which is a three minute walk heading East from the top of Chapel Rd.
Along the seafront Worthing promenade has shared and dedicated cycle lanes (part of National Route 2) providing very easy access to the Splash Point area from Goring and West Worthing, as well as Shoreham-by-Sea, Lancing, Sompting and East Worthing.

Getting there by road

The start line is located on Worthing Promenade to the east of Splashpoint Leisure Centre located at Brighton Rd, Worthing (A259), BN11 2EN. The start line is actually at the Splash Point area between the Leisure Centre and the Pier There are limited parking options available in the area close to the start of the event, so for that and for the obvious environmental impact we try to discourage driving to the event.
Naturally, we would ask you to be please be aware of parking restrictions if you are travelling by car.
However, there are options; two multi storey car parks close to the seafront in Worthing situated in Buckingham Road (BN11 1TH) and at Marine Parade (BN11 3PZ).
There is also a pay and display car park close to the entrance of Splashpoint Leisure Centre.at Beach House Grounds Car Park (BN11 2EN) and side of the road parking available on the roads that branch off of the A259 close to the start line. You may also find pay and display parking along the promenade itself.
If using Sat Nav the nearest postcode is BN11 2EN

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Coast Cafe des Artistes - please come and join us!