The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Burgess Park, Camberwell, London and run on tarmac 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

Burgess parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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 for further details.
  • You are welcome to take part with one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Burgess 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

We start in the gravelled area next to the tennis courts at the Camberwell New Road/Walworth Road end of Burgess Park. Please only congregate on the side closest to the tennis courts.

The first 1 km is a long straight, following the path of the Old Surrey Canal, under the underpass and the “Bridge to Nowhere”. Take the left turn at the marshal, and then go left again to join a straight path, past the Community Centre, through the “Valley” and onto the “Bench Turn”, where you’ll be directed to head towards the lake by a marshal. Follow the outside path alongside to the lake, up to the Old Kent Road entrance and “Tesco Turn”.

Here, take a sharp right and run through the wooded section, and turn onto the inside path of the lake. When you reach the top of the lake, go straight on, before bearing left and heading back the way you came originally, past the marshal at the “Bench Turn”. Take a right return to the first marshal, turn left and complete the hairpin at the far end of the Old Surrey Canal. Head back along the long straight, under the “Bridge to Nowhere” and through the Underpass. Shortly after the Underpass, take a left off the main path, before turning right onto the grass at the marshal and heading to the finish.

The course is almost entirely run on tarmac, except the final 80 metres. It’s very flat, barring a few short undulations at the Underpass and Tesco Turn. It’s buggy-friendly and dog-friendly too.


The tennis centre has lockers (£1 refundable), toilets and showers.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts in the gravelled area next to the tennis courts at the Walworth Road end of Burgess Park.

Getting there by public transport

Buses12, 35, 40, 42, 45, 68, 148, 171, 176, 468 all stop on Camberwell Road / Albany Road next to park.
TubeNearest tube is Elephant & Castle (Bakerloo and Northern lines)

Getting there on foot

The westerly end of the park is just off Camberwell Road, and has bike parking available. The tennis centre is a 15 minute walk from the Old Kent Road end of the park.

Getting there by road

The turning for the tennis centre is at Addington Square just opposite the BP petrol station on Camberwell Road. Limited parking is available in Addington Square and on Albany Road. Note: it is not the Old Kent Road end of the park. Postcode for satnav: SE5 7LA

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Fowlds Cafe, Addington Square (2 minutes walk from the start, on the corner of Addington Square and Kitson Road) - please come and join us.