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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Riverside Country Park, Burnham on Crouch. The course is run on a mixture of concrete paths, gravel paths, trail paths and 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 Burnham-on-Crouch 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 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 Burnham-on-Crouch 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

Multi terrain, two lap course starting on the field near the Dengie 100 Sports Centre. Starting on grass run around the edge of the playing field to a narrow zig zag tarmac path up to the concrete quay and turn right, the river will be on your left. Keep left because of a small section of contraflow but be aware that the edge of the quay has no railings. As you approach a righthand turn there is a post in the middle of the path to avoid, followed by the surface becoming slightly uneven, then you will be running with the marina on your left on a gravel path, which can be muddy after wet weather. Before the bollards take the gravel path which forks to the right up a slight slope into the country park where you will be on grass. Follow the signs and do a clock wise loop where a marshal will guide you back down a grassy path almost returning to the gravel path. Follow the sign to continue along the edge of the field guided by flags until you reach a lefthand corner and continue east until you run through a picnic area and fork right down a gravel path to the quay for a few metres where a sign will ask you to keep left as you run in the contraflow section. Then fork left by the beacon and follow a stony path down a quite steep slope to the car park but at the bottom do a sharp right turn back on to a gravel path and keeping the skate park on your left run until the sign tells you to turn right back to the start and run another lap and the finish funnel will be next to the Start.


Toilets are available near the Start and also a play area. A short walk takes you to the High Street where cafes and shops may be found.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the field near the Dengie 100 Sports Centre.

Getting there by public transport

The 31X bus from Chelmsford via Danbury, Maldon, Latchingdon and Southminster runs close to the Start.
The nearest rail station is Burnham on Crouch a ten minute downhill walk to the Start.

Getting there on foot

Riverside Park may be approached from all sides by foot.

Getting there by road

If using Sat Nav the nearest postcode is CM0 8HS.
There is free car parking in Riverside Park close to the start.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Happy Returns - please come and join us!