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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 The Pavilion, University of Kent (Canterbury). The course is run on a mixture of tarmac 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 Canterbury 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Due to a university regulation prohibiting dog owners from walking their dogs on the grass pitches, the Canterbury parkrun is a dog-free event..

We hope these tips help to ensure that Canterbury 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

The course starts outside the old Pavilion by the hedge adjacent to Parkwood Road. Participants run towards the Crab & Winkle Way up the grass bank and over into the top grass field through the metal gate. The runners turn left and lap the perimeter of the field in a CLOCKWISE direction.
Runners exit the field onto the path between the nursery school and the carpark before turning left onto the Crab & Winkle way.
Runners then follow the footpath towards Whitstable, turning back at the St. Cosmus and St. Damian Church and following the same route back towards the university.
Passing the nursery school on the right runners then turn right and follow the footpath running adjacent to the nursery school, turning left onto the top grass fields behind the trees and then ANTICLOCKWISE around this field and exiting at the wide gate back onto the Crab and Winkle Way*
This completes one lap. Runners then complete the second lap by following the same out-and-back down the Crab & Winkle (turning at the church), turning right at the nursery on return and then proceeding to follow the perimeter of the top field in an ANTICLOCKWISE direction.
On exiting the gate of the top grass field for the second time, runners will cross the Crab & Winkle footpath/cycle path, move down the short bank to the main sports fields and head back towards the old Pavilion and the finish line parallel to the hedge on the right.

Runners should keep to the right hand side at all times to avoid collisions with other participants

The course is suitable for buggies and pushchairs, but unfortunately, due to a university regulation prohibiting dog owners from walking their dogs on the grass pitches, the Canterbury parkrun is a dog-free event.

On occasions we may need to run an alternative route.
Start in the top field 20m inside the gate. Run on the grass round the back of the car park and turn right onto the Nursery path. Turn left onto the Crab and Winkle Way in front of the Nursery. Continue on this path until you reach the turn around point at the Church. Return to the Nursery. Do the slopes twice more. After reaching the Church for the third time, head back to the start by turning right at the Nursery path and left into the top field.


Toilets, and disabled toilets, are available in the Pavilion.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts outside the old Pavilion by the hedge adjacent to Parkwood Road.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The UNIBUS Route 4, 4X and 4A services all stop at the Canterbury, and runners should alight at the bust stop to the rear of Keynes College.
From here runners should follow footpaths toward main campus (which run adjacent to University Road) and then follow directions given for cars from St. Dunstans and/or Blean/Whitstable.

Maps are available as part of the journey planning feature under ‘Timetables’ on the Stagecoach website.

Getting there on foot

The University of Kent’s Canterbury campus can be reached by many ways on foot/bike, but the easiest way is to pick up the blue Crab & Winkle Way signage from Canterbury West train station.
Follow the route up Eliot footpath and on to campus. If you continue to follow the route you will walk/cycle past the Mandela building and end up outside The Venue nightclub. With The Venue on your left, the road ahead of you is University Road. From here follow the directions from Canterbury and Blean/Whitstable as outlined in the ‘by road’ section.

Getting there by road

You can access the university from two directions:

From Tyler Hill or St. Stephens, turn into the university (Giles Lane). Once on Giles Lane go straight over the first roundabout, past Woolf college and through a set of traffic lights and take the second exit (right on the roundabout) on to Park Wood Road.

From Canterbury (St. Dunstans) or Blean/Whitstable, turn into the university at University Road and follow the road all the way to the end. At the T-junction turn right on to Giles Lane, go through a set of traffic lights and take a left at the roundabout (first exit) on to Park Wood Road.

Once on Park Wood road, the Pavilion is located approximately half a mile down the road on the right hand side.

There is limited free parking available in the Pavilion car park (23) and/or alternatively at the end of Park Wood Road adjacent to the nursery school (24).

For more information on directions to the Canterbury campus please visit the website.

Post Run Coffee

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