The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Bethlem Royal Hospital, Beckenham. The course is run entirely on 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 Bethlem Royal Hospital 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.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event. Dog walkers have to be registered in advance with Bethlem Royal Hospital/SLAM NHS Trust and owners must have a valid registration card.
  • 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.
  • 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 lymediseaseuk.com for further details.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Bethlem Royal Hospital 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

Course Description

Two anticlockwise laps on grass around the east and west fields. The course is mostly flat but the ground can be rough and uneven in places. Keep the cones to your left when going through the narrow path between the two fields. The start and finish are within 100m of each other where the woodland path meets the east field. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.

Facilities

Toilets are available at the Community Centre.

Getting There

Location of start

The first timers briefing takes place at 8.50am, followed by the run briefing. We then walk approx 200m through the woodland path to the start point on the east field.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Routes 194, 356, 119 and 198 all run past or near the Hospital entrances.

Train: The nearest station is Eden Park. From Waterloo East, London Bridge, Cannon Street and Charing Cross - take the Hayes train. From Eden Park station turn left along Links Way. At the roundabout turn right down Monks Orchard Road; the hospital entrance is on the right hand side of the road.

Tram:An interchange with London trams is provided at Elmers End Station, one stop by train from Eden Park.

Getting there on foot

In addition to the main entrance on Monks Orchard Road, there is a pedestrian entrance on A232, Wickham Road. Signposts/marshals will direct you to the start point. Please allow approx 10 minutes to walk from the pedestrian entrances / carparks to the briefing area.

Getting there by road

The vehicle entrance is on Monks Orchard Road, which lies between A214 and A232 on the Beckenham/West Wickham/Shirley borders. For Satnav use BR3 3BX.

There is limited on-site parking at Bethlem Royal Hospital - please follow signs/marshals’ instructions. Please allow approx 10 minutes to walk from the pedestrian entrances / carparks to the briefing area.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Community Centre Café. Please note that the cafe takes cash only - please come and join us!