The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Blyth Links, Blyth. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and concrete paths. 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 Blyth Links 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.
  • 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 Blyth Links 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

The course is two and a half laps over a mixture of tarmac and paving. Starting on the links just south of the Mermaid carpark, head south for 300 metres towards Seaton Sluice. Turn left back on the coastal path towards the Blyth Battery, taking in the view of the sea beautiful in the summer bracing in the winter, run north along the promenade past the famous beach huts to the bandstand. Turn left rounding the bandstand, and head back to the start. Repeat this circuit, then on the third lap make a dash past the beach huts to the finish outside of the Dave Stephens centre. While the course offers beautiful views of the Northumberland coastline it can be challenging in the winter time.

Facilities

We have toilet facilities and a small shop within the Dave Stephens centre. There is a children’s play park and grass play area next to finish area. The beach is next to the finish. There are restrictions for dogs on the beach between 1st May and 30th September, areas are displayed on notices posted on the promenade.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on the links just south of the Mermaid carpark.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The Arriva 308 from Newcastle-Blyth stops at the beach and is less than 5 minutes from the start. Go Northeast 309, Arriva X7 and X9 are 10 minutes walk to the start.

Getting there on foot

The start is a short walk from the car park and local housing developments and is a 30 minute walk from the town centre.

Getting there by road

To find us using Satnav please use post code NE24 3PL.
From the A189 Spine Road north and south, take the slip road onto the A1061 and follow the signs for Blyth and Blyth Beach, after two miles cross the roundabout junction with the A193 second exit on to the B1329, after 100 mtrs turn right into the carpark, sign posted. The start is at the top end of the carpark approx. two minutes walk.

If approaching from the town or the coast on the A193 follow the Beach signs and turn onto the B1329 and the carpark is on your right.

Car parking is at the Mermaid car park (postcode NE24 3PL) situated off the A193 and signposted, which is a two minute walk to the start. Alternative parking is available off the A193 between Blyth and Seaton Sluice and sign posted. This is a ten minute walk to the start. This car park should be used when other events are taking place around the beach area, which we will post on our Facebook page prior to the event.

Post Run Coffee

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