The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Clapham Common, London. The course is run on a mixture of trail, footpaths and grasss. 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

Clapham Common parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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.
  • You are welcome to take part with one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • Unfortunately this course is not suitable for pushchairs or buggies.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Clapham Common 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

A flat, circular, 2-lap clockwise course around the perimeter of Clapham Common. Start and finish located close to the double football pitches by Broomwood Road. Unfortunately this event is unsuitable for buggies.


Public toilets open before the 08:50 safety briefing are next to the Clapham Playground. Note the bag drop and safety briefing area are 550m away so please allow time to arrive relaxed in time for the briefing and then walk to the start line. Toilets are available after 9am at La Baita cafe on the Common by the central Victorian bandstand.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts close to the double football pitches by Broomwood Road.

Getting there by public transport

The Start & Finish area is well served by nearby buses, tube & rail stops. Underground stations: Clapham South tube, Clapham Common tube (1.2km walk or take 35, 37, 50,155 or 249 buses - see below)
Nearest Bus Stops: Clapham South (G1, 501, 55, 249, 355), Cedars Rd/Clapham Common Northside (137,345) or Forthbridge Road (35, 37) - alight at these bus stops.
Railway station: Clapham Junction (then option 35 & 37 bus)
NB Transport for London (TfL) website provides accurate timetables and status reports for travel in this area on the day.

Getting there on foot

Walk to the Victorian bandstand in the centre of the park and head 250m southwest towards the Broomwood Road exit.
Bag drop and finish funnel just south of two large football pitches.
Cyclists can lock and leave bikes at own risk on metal fencing in sight of the bag drop and finish funnel.
Nearest pre-run toilets listed under Facilities description but allow time.

Getting there by road

Clapham Common is surrounded by red routes on the South Circular, A3 and A24,with limited free parking along Kyrle Road SW11 6BA, but please avoid Windmill Drive altogether. Participants are strongly encouraged to arrive by bicycle or on foot using easy and regular public transport instead.

Post Run Coffee

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