The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Bevendean Down, Bevendean, Brighton. The course is run entirely on grassy downland. 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 Bevendean Down 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.
  • This course is not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs.
  • 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 Bevendean Down 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

Bevendean Down is a nature reserve of rich bio-diversity. With its magnificent views, this chalk grassland is a hidden gem located between Bevendean and Moulsecoomb, off the A270 Lewes Road, on the northeast outskirts of Brighton.

The course is run entirely on grassy downland - the ground is uneven and may be slippery in wet conditions. Trail shoes are preferred at all times.

The course is not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs.

The run starts at the southeast corner of Bevendean Down. The course is two and a bit clockwise laps following the perimeter of a large field with stunning views alternating across the Downs, towards the racecourse and over the city skyline out to sea with views to the Isle of Wight on clear days.

It starts near the dew pond with an undulating section followed by a right turn up a reasonably steep hill. After a turn at the high point of the field, a long gentle descent passes back to the dew pond where the route turns right and undulates to the end of the lap.

Runners or walkers with dogs on short leads are welcomed. We have been advised that there may be cattle grazing in this area from time to time, so please be vigilant.

Facilities

There are no facilities on the actual course. However, toilets, refreshments and a warm welcome are available at The Bevy which is approximately a three minute downhill walk from the start/finish point.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the southeast corner of Bevendean Down.

Getting there by public transport

Train: The nearest train station is Moulsecoomb which is approximately three quarters of a mile (1.2km) away from the start line (uphill).

Bus: Bus 49 passes very close to The Bevy. Buses run approximately every 15 mins on Saturday mornings from Portslade, Hove, Central Brighton and Lewes Road/Brighton University. See the Brighton & Hove Bus website for information.

Getting there on foot

From the Lewes Road (A270), turn up Hillside (or up the north/east side of The Avenue then left into Colbourne Avenue and bear right onto Hillside) until you come to The Bevy Pub (our post run coffee hub) on the left.

From The Bevy, walk up the hill (Widdicombe Way), bear right by the shop and immediately cross the road and go up the steps, across the green and into the footpath (known locally as a ‘twitten’). Continue across the next road and continue up another twitten whereupon it will open out on Bevendean Downs near the start/finish point.

From Heath Hill Avenue, follow the footpath opposite Bevendean Primary School, past the community garden. Bear left when the open grassland starts by the dewpond and walk to the gate on south west corner where the start/finish is located.

Getting there by road

There are no cars parks and on-street parking is free but restricted, so please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending this event. Please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and local residents.

If you do have to drive, we suggest parking near to The Bevy (50 Hillside, BN2 4TF) or alternatively, around Heath Hill Avenue, opposite Bevendean School (BN2 4JP) and follow our 'Directions on Foot' instructions (below) to access the start point.

Please take care not to obstruct driveways or bus routes.

On event days at the nearby football stadium parking is restricted to residents on some roads but we have agreement to park until midday providing that a spare PAPER barcode is displayed in the windscreen of the vehicle.

It is a challenge to succinctly provide directions to so it is best to let the sat-nav guide you in wherever possible.

The closest sat-nav address to the access point is 4-20 Bevendean Crescent, Brighton, BN2 4RB. The coffee hub (a couple of minutes’ walk from the start) is The Bevy, 50 Hillside, Brighton, BN2 4TF.

If you are coming from north or west of Brighton, please follow the A27 towards Lewes then come off at the slip-road for the AMEX Community Stadium signposted Falmer, go round both roundabouts and re-join the A27 heading back towards Brighton. Follow the signs to Brighton City Centre down the A270 (don't be swept back up the A27 as it bears around to the right, or off to Stanmer Park on the far left!). Turn left up Hillside approximately 500m after going under the railway bridge then drive to the end until you see the Bevy pub on your left. Park and follow 'Directions on Foot' instructions below.

If driving from the city centre, drive along A270 Lewes Road, filter right and turn into The Avenue, left into Colbourne Avenue and bear right onto Hillside.

Please see the Getting there on Foot section below for a description of how to access the actual parkrun course on Bevendean Down.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Bevy, 50 Hillside, Brighton, BN2 4TF which is approximately a three minute downhill walk from the start/finish - please come and join us!