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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 Lake Meadows Park, Billericay. The course is run entirely on a mixture of differnent surfaces. 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 Billericay 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Billericay 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

This is a 4-lap anti clock-wise course. The start and finish are located on the field near the Hillhouse Drive gate, which is a few minutes’ walk from the car park and café. From the start, follow a grass-based sign-posted route before dropping down to the path with the lake on your left. Following the path with the blue railings, continue past the children’s playground and café (on your right), before turning left at the top of the hill towards the tennis courts. Then follow the signs (and marshal points) towards the Hillhouse Drive gate, and turn left after the final tree on the left-hand side of the path to complete the lap. At the start of lap 2, 3 and 4, continue straight ahead before, once again, turning left and dropping down to the lake side path. When completing the final lap, and after turning left at the ‘last tree’, peel off to the finish funnel.

Facilities

The park has an excellent range of facilities including toilets, café, children’s play area, multi-sport arena, tennis courts, skate & BMX park, outdoor gym, Petanque Terrain and First Strokes Swimming Pool.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on the field near the Hillhouse Drive gate, which is a few minutes’ walk from the car park and café.

Getting there by public transport

Billericay rail station (Greater Anglia London Liverpool Street - Southend Victoria line) is co-located with the town’s bus inter-change, both within 5 minutes’ walk of the main park entrance.

Getting there on foot

The park has five points of access. The main entrance and nearest to the start / finish area is via Radford Crescent. Access is also available via the following residential roads surrounding the park: Lake Avenue, Hillhouse Drive, Perry Street and Knightsbridge Walk. The gathering point for the run is on the large field nearest to the Hillhouse Drive gate.

Getting there by road

Lake Meadows Park is situated in the heart of Billericay accessed via Radford Crescent. If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is CM12 0BW. The town lies between the A12 and A13 arterial roads and is approximately 9 miles (14.5 km) east of the M25 (nearest junctions J28 or J29).

Free parking is available in the Council car park in Radford Crescent, Billericay (just off Radford Way). If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is CM12 0DR. The car park is adjacent to the main access to the park.

Post Run Coffee

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