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The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Barking Park and run on tarmac. 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 Barking 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.
  • 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 for further details.
  • You are welcome to take part with a dog, but please keep the dog on a short lead or short 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 welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Barking parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners 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

Course Description

This is a 2 lap course. It commences with a straight run of approximately 400 metres towards the allotments, very slight downhill, then a sharp left which brings you alongside the lake. Continue to the end of the lake, then take another sharp left, with a very slight incline. Follow this path, then take a gentle right turn and a left turn shortly afterwards. At the end of this path take a natural left. Follow this and then take the first possible left. This will bring you back to the start.

Take a right turn and complete a second lap.


Getting There

Location of start

The Start is near to the cafe and toilets

Getting there by public transport

Bus numbers 5, 62, EL2 and EL3 (towards Romford) can be boarded outside Barking train station. This journey will be approximately 3-4 minutes. Alight at the Hulse Avenue/Barking Park stop, and you will see Barking Park on the left hand side.

Getting there on foot

The park is only a 10 minute walk from Barking train station. Upon exiting the station, turn a slight left and cross the road towards Nandos at the pedestrian crossing Nandos. Continue along the main road past Nandos (you will cross Salisbury Avenue and Cecil Avenue). On the opposite side of the road past the roundabout you will see Sunny's Supermarket. Cross here and continue along Longbridge Road past Goddard Veterinary Practice. Enter the park to your left through the large iron gates. Take the first tarmac path on your right, follow this for a few steps then at the intersection, take the left path to the end. Turn right and the cafe, start line etc is just ahead (past the tennis courts on your right).

Getting there by road

For drivers using satnav the postcode for the event is IG11 8TA.
The park is only a short walk away from Barking town centre, as above. To park, turn left at the traffic lights (a little further on than Barking Park), past the Royal Oak pub into South Park Drive; a little further along there is a small free car park past the allotments on your left.
PLEASE NOTE: there is a charge for stays of more than one hour in the Western Car Park, which is accessed via the Longbridge Road entrance to the park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Daily Munch cafe on Upney Lane - please come and join us.