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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 Chalkwell Beach, Westcliff on Sea. The course is run entirely on 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 Chalkwell Beach 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 Chalkwell Beach 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 next to a moderately sized grass area along the sea wall parallel to the parking spots. We then head eastwards towards the pier which is visible throughout the whole route, and turn back once we reach the “Cliff Lift”. The course is on occasion at a slight camber otherwise straight, out and back. The finish line leads you onto about 20 metres of grass.


We have three separate locations for public toilet use, two near the start/finish and another around 1.5km into the course. There are cafés and restaurants all along the seafront along the course, and 120 parking spots at a charge of £2.10 for 2 hours (accessible through the Mobon parking app).

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts next to a grass area along the sea wall parallel to the parking spots.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: By bus the nearest stop available on a Saturday is Chalkwell Park (London Road) using 1 (Arriva) or 26/27 (First Essex).

Train: The nearest train station is Chalkwell train station.

Getting there on foot

From Chalkwell train station: As you leave the station, turn right and make another immediate right to head over a bridge that takes you to the seafront. You should then be able to see a marshal if you make your way along the sea wall.

By bus, head towards Chalkwell Avenue, east of the bus stop you departed from, and walk to the bottom until you arrive at the seafront. Once there, turn right and about 300m along the sea wall you will eventually find the marshals.

Getting there by road

If using a SatNav, the best postcode to use is SS0 8JJ.

From Southend the recommendation would be to head to the seafront and go towards Westcliff until you reach the end of the road that leads you to the right. Instead, go straight over and into a small road with speedbumps, at which point find a parking spot and head to the sea wall.

From the A127 the recommendation would be to turn right at the A1158 if you’re coming from Rayleigh/Basildon direction, and keep following over traffic lights and junctions until you reach the seafront. As the road turns left, you would turn right at which point find a parking spot and head to the sea wall.

There are 120 parking bays at the location, however it is a “Mobon” app run parking payment system, or cash. The parking charge is £2.10 for 2 hours. Other parking can be found around local streets or around 1 kilometre up Chalkwell Avenue into Chalkwell Park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Tides of Chalkwell (kiosk) or Saltwater Beach Café - please come and join us!