The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Oaklands Park, Chichester. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, grass and compact gravel 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 Chichester 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.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to human’s through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Chichester 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 is 3 laps of Oaklands Park. It is undulating, predominately grass with a compact gravel path and tarmac section. It is permanently marked with 15 directional posts. Aim to pass around the back of the posts with the exception of 4 on the east side that are close to the boundary or other obstacles.

Starting near the Chichester Festival Theatre (marked by the green pin) runners track east towards the archery field before u turning to the south west corner of the park. Keeping the tarmac path on your left proceed uphill to the large Beech tree with protected fence.

At the tree join the compact gravel path heading east before exiting with large planter boxes to your right. After those containers continue north (uphill) until abeam the large green south eastern floodlight. From there track west across the park and corner the south west and north west floodlights.

Runners then proceed east across the park before arriving at the north east floodlight. Turn left there, pass with the Rugby pavilion to your right, and follow the perimeter of the park anti-clockwise back to the start.

Caution is advised in the north west corner when joining the tarmac path through the large gap in the hedge to avoid the bench, pedestrians and cyclists. At the bottom of the hill turn left back to the start.
Complete 3 laps before heading into the finish funnel (marked by the red pin).

Facilities

The nearest toilets available are south of Oaklands Park in the Northgate Car Park (approximately 250m from the start and finish area).

Please come and join us for a post parkrun refreshment from the mobile tea and coffee facility located near the start and finish area.

There is a children’s play area at the north end of Oaklands Park.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts near the Chichester Festival Theatre in the south of Oaklands Park.

Getting there by public transport

From Chichester Railway Station Oaklands Park is approximately a 20 minute walk. Head out of the main entrance and with The Foundry on your left walk straight onto South Street towards The Cross (stone monument). Continue straight onto North Street before reaching the ring road. Take the pedestrian underpass (marked subway) to the Northgate Car Park (please note the nearest toilets available are located in this Car Park). Route towards the Chichester Festival Theatre on the far side. Pass through the Theatre grounds to find the start in front of the Theatre in the South of Oaklands Park.

The main terminal for Chichester Bus station is opposite the Railway Station. By local bus, Oaklands Park can be accessed via College Lane on the Number 50 (Stagecoach) or via Broyle Road on the Number 60 (Stagecoach).

Getting there on foot

From the south, pass through the Northgate Car Park towards the Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park. The start is in front of the Theatre in the south of Oaklands Park.

From the north, enter the park via the Chichester Rugby Club Car Park off Wellington Road. With the Rugby Club on your left head south for approximately 450m to reach the start area.

Getting there by road

Oaklands Park is situated on the north side of Chichester, adjacent to the Chichester Festival Theatre.

South of Oaklands Park and close to the Chichester Festival Theatre is the Northgate Car Park (PO19 6AA) offering plenty of pay and display spaces. £1.50 for 2 hours parking (information correct as at 20/02/2017). Situated in this car park are the nearest toilet facilities available for use (approximately 300m form the start/finish area). The start is in front of the Chichester Festival Theatre in the south of Oaklands Park. To reach the start you will need to pass through the Theatre grounds into the Park.

Alternatively, limited parking is available at the Chichester Rugby Club (PO19 6BB) off Wellington Road in the north east corner of Oaklands Park (£1.00 for up to two hours as at 20/02/2017). This car park is approximately 500m from the start finish area which is at the bottom of the park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Chichester Festival Theatre cafe located near the start and finish area - please come and join us!