The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Northlands Park, Basildon. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, trail 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 Basildon 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 Basildon 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 our Support page.

Course Map


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Course Description

This is a three lap, clockwise course. The course starts 80m to the left of the Café entrance. From here, it goes straight ahead and follows the tarmac path to just before the subway, and turn right up an unmade footpath, following the path past a bench on the brow of the hill, where the course then goes diagonally onto grass towards the right, following the line of trees. Follow the tree-lined gravel path downhill for about 300m. At the bottom, turn left onto tarmac path following the path around the lake, passing the playground and the Café to the end of the path, then turning left to repeat for the second and third lap. At the end of the third lap the course finishes by the Café.

Facilities

Car parking, toilet behind the cafe, café, children’s playground, freshwater fishing lake.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts 80m to the left of the Café entrance.

Getting there by public transport

From Basildon train station, walk 4 minutes to Basildon Town Centre, Bus Station (Stop S). Take the No. 5 bus towards Pitsea, stopping at Felmores opp. Northlands Park.

Getting there on foot

Enter the park from Felmores Road. Enter the park from Felmores Road. Walk past the children’s playground and meet at the Café.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is SS13 1SD.

From the A13 Pitsea, exit roundabout onto South Mayne/A132. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto East Mayne/A132. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Felmores. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit. Turn left into Northlands Park car park.

From the A127, exit A127 at Nevendon, onto East Mayne/A132. Go straight at the next roundabout. At the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto Felmores. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit. Turn left into the Northlands Park car park.

Please do not park in the Watermill Beefeater Restaurant as this is for customers only. Further parking is available in Burnt Mills Road, adjacent to the Watermill Beefeater Restaurant.

Post Run Coffee

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