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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at East Court, East Grinstead. The course is run on a mixture of grass and trail 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 East Grinstead 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 lymediseaseuk.com 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.
  • During winter months unfortunately the route is not suitable for buggies. During summer months 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 and please note it is challenging terrain.

We hope these tips help to ensure that East Grinstead 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

This is an undulating course consisting of three laps (one small, two large), run in a clockwise direction. Lap one starts at the pavilion and circles the lower field, returning to the pavilion to begin the two large laps. Continuing in the same direction, having repeated the lower field, the course continues through a narrow wooded section before heading up the hill towards the Mansion House and circuiting the upper field.
The course then re-enters the wooded area and back to the pavilion for the start of the identical third lap, returning to the finish line adjacent to the pavilion.

Winter running - East Grinstead parkrun can become very muddy in winter months. We strongly advise all runners to wear appropriate footwear, ideally, trail shoes or spikes. Remember to take extra care especially when in the wet as the course can be slippery. Unfortunately the route is not suitable for buggies

Facilities

Free parking at East Grinstead Town Football Club - turn into East Court from Holtye Road, then left down the drive to the car park. There is then a short walk to the start. Toilets are in a block near the Mansion House

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts by the pavilion at East Court.

Getting there by public transport

Buses stop to the north of the park on Holtye Road and to the south on Estcots Drive. The nearest train station is East Grinstead.

Getting there on foot

East Court can be accessed on foot from either Estcots Drive or the A264, Holyte Road. It is a 15 minute walk from the centre of East Grinstead, and 20 minutes from East Grinstead railway station.

Getting there by road

If driving, East Court should be accessed from the A264, Holtye Road. From the direction of Tunbridge Wells, pass the Queen Victoria Hospital on the Right; straight over the first roundabout and turn left into the park just ahead of the next roundabout.

From the southbound A22, head towards the town centre with the fire station on the left. Immediately after the traffic lights follow the brown tourist signs for East Court and turn left into Moat Road. Follow the road past the Kings Centre on the right, straight over the first roundabout, right round the second roundabout then turn left into the park.

Post code for GPS: RH19 3LS

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the East Grinstead Town Football Club - please come and join us!