The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Mountsfield Park, London. 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 Catford 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 for further details.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Catford 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 starts and ends at the park bandstand near the café. Laps are run on a mixture of tarmac paths, grass and wood-chipped paths. Some parts of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Marshals and/or cones will mark key sections of the course. In total, the course is two full laps and one partial lap run in a clockwise direction.


There is a toilet near the start/finish area which may be open before 9am. The park café is open from 9am.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the park bandstand near the café.

Getting there by public transport

Buses: The 202 bus stops by the southern entrance to the park. Otherwise buses 284, 181, 124, 160, 185 and 75 all pass close by the park leaving a short walk to several of the entrances.
Train: The closest rail station is Hither Green with trains to and from Charing Cross, London Bridge and Cannon Street into London and Orpington, Sevenoaks, Dartford and Gravesend out of London. Catford and Catford Bridge Stations are also within walking distance of the park.

Getting there on foot

The park is a 12 minute walk from Hither Green Station and 17 minutes from Catford and Catford Bridge stations. It is a 5 minute walk from the nearest bus stop.

Getting there by road

When driving it is best to head to Stainton Road, SE6 1AN where there is plenty of on-street parking. There is no parking on Brownhill Road to the south of the park.

Post Run Coffee

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