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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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 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

Two anticlockwise laps on grass around the perimeter of the east and west fields. The course is undulating. The ground is rough and uneven in places and gets very muddy in winter, when the event is not suitable for buggies.
Dogs are not allowed at this event.


When open, there are toilets in the Community Centre, however, please do not rely on the building being open for parkrunners.

Getting There

Location of start

First-timers will be met by a parkrun volunteer in the Visitors' Carpark at 8.45am for the walk through the Bethlem Royal Hospital site to the run briefing area. It is a large site with many buildings, roads and paths which can be confusing for visitors, so if you are new to this parkrun, please meet at the designated time. The first-timers briefing will be followed by the main 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

Pedestrian access to the site is only via the entrance on Monks Orchard Road, which lies between A214 and A232 on the Beckenham/West Wickham/Shirley borders. Allow 10 minutes to walk from the entrance to the run briefing area. First times will be met by a parkrun volunteer at 8.45am in the Visitors' Carpark, which is close to the entrance, for the walk through the site to the run 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 a Visitors' Carpark and restricted parking elsewhere on site - please follow parkrun volunteers' instructions. Please allow at least 10 minutes to walk from the Visitors' Carpark to the run briefing area. First-timers will be met by a parkrun volunteer in the Visitors' Carpark near the main entrance at 8.45am for the walk through the site to the run briefing area.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee a local café. An announcement will be made in the run briefing - please come and join us!