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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 at Beckenham Place Park, Beckenham. 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

Beckenham Place parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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 Beckenham Place 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

The course is a single lap covering a wide area of the park on both sides of the railway line.
The course begins at Beckenham Place Mansion, readily accessible from several directions. It is run on a mixture of gravel and tarmac paths and grass taking in open fields and woodland areas. A few sections of the course are stony and uneven.
Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, and the route is waymarked using wooden posts and discs.


Toilets are available at the Homestead block.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at Beckenham Place Mansion.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The closest bus stop to the start point is Highland Croft on Beckenham Hill Road (Bus Route 54). Other bus routes that skirt the park are 136, 181, 208, 320, 336 and 354, though please bear in mind how large the park is - some of these may drop you a considerable walk from the start point.
Train: The nearest station to this event is Beckenham Hill. This station is on the Thameslink line from St Albans through Blackfriars and Bromley South to Sevenoaks. It is half a mile walk to the start point from here.
Beckenham Junction is also close (0.8 mile walk to start point). This is on the Bromley South to Victoria line.

Getting there on foot

There are many entrances all around the park, although some of these are up to a mile from the mansion.

Getting there by road

  • Parking is available near the mansion for approximately 100 cars. This is accessible from Beckenham Hill Road (approximate postcode SE6 3PU).
  • Please note that the car park is not accessible from the south (from the road named Beckenham Place Park).
  • Car parking is charged from 8am and costs £2 per hour.
  • There is free on-road parking available in some places around the park e.g. Crab Hill, Westgate Road, Old Bromley Road, though some will be a considerable walk from the start point.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at either of the two cafes in the park, in the basement of the mansion and in the recently restored Homestead block - please come and join us!