The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Clair Park, Haywards Heath. The course is run entirely on tarmac 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 Clair 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.
  • Please note that dogs are not allowed at this event as the course is to narrow in places to accomdate them and runners.
  • 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 Clair 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


View Clair parkrun in a larger map

Course Description

The course is four and a half clockwise laps using most of the perimeter pathway of the park. The whole of the course is on tarmac except for the finishing funnel. The start is towards the top of the main pathway through the centre of the park. The course heads up the hill for approximately 60m before turning right for a clockwise half lap of the perimeter of the park. The 4 full laps of the park begin at the bottom of the hill on the west side of the park next to the cricket pavilion and this is also where the finish is located, with the funnel running off the path onto the cricket outfield. The course is undulating with the finish being much lower than the start, so more downhill than uphill.
Please note that dogs are not allowed at this event as the course is to narrow in places to accomdate them and runners.

Facilities

Toilets: As you enter the car park you will see Clair Hall ahead of you. It opens at 08:30 and has toilets through the main doors on the left.

Getting There

Location of start

We start and finish in Clair Park near the top of main wide foot path up from the cricket pavilion. Clair Park is behind Clair Hall off Perrymount Road. Clair Park is signposted as "Haywards Heath Recreation Ground" and shown as "The Heath" on the map. Clair Park is about 3 minutes’ walk from the front of Haywards Heath Rail station.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Locally, there are buses to the centre of Haywards Heath: please see thesussexbus.com for more details.

Train: Trains run direct to Haywards Heath station from Kings Cross St Pancras (via London Bridge) and Victoria Station in the north and from Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings and Worthing in the south. Clair Park is about 3 minutes’ walk from the front of Haywards Heath Rail station.

Getting there on foot

Clair Park is about 10 minutes’ walk northwards from the Orchards Shopping Centre/ Haywards Heath Town Centre and about 3 minutes’ walk from Haywards Heath Rail station.

Getting there by road

There is free car parking in Clair Hall. Also some free parking on local roads surrounding the park and at the Orchard Shopping Centre (pay and display). Other car parks are at Heath Road (by Newtons surgery) and Hazelgrove Road (by Tesco Metro).
You will find Clair Park sandwiched between Perrymount Road and Oathall Road (to the west and east) and Sydney Road and Heath Road (to the north and south).

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Waitrose Café (opposite Clair Hall) - please come and join us!