The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at The Leas (west of the Leas Cliff Café), Folkestone. 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

Folkestone 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Folkestone 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

Start on the west side of the Leas Cliff Hall Café at the end of the railings, past the Café commercial bins. Run anti-clockwise along the wide footpath keeping to the right, almost to the end until you see the parkrun logo in the centre of the path. Make a wide 180 degree turn and after 15 metres slip right onto the lower path that runs parallel to the main path. Follow this until it emerges and joins with the main path again by the bandstand (first loop). Continue past the start and carry on to the east in an anticlockwise direction as far as the Leas Cliff Water Lift where you'll find another parkrun logo in the centre of the path almost at the Step Short Arch. Make a wide 180 degree turn and continue past the start again (second loop). Continue to the far marker completing the first loop again. The start area is also the finish.


Outside Café toilets, with additional male and female toilets inside the Café. Café, bar and parkrun breakfasts. Metered parking.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the west side of the Leas Cliff Hall Café at the end of the railing.

Getting there by public transport

Folkestone is served by regular buses, coaches and a train station within walking distance. For more information go to the Stagecoach website or the National Rail webiste.

Getting there on foot

It is a 1.13km (13 min) walk from the Folkestone Central railway station. When you leave the station turn right, follow the road round until the roundabout and follow the brown signs to the Hall (continue on Castle Hill Avenue until you get to The Leas). Head towards the Leas Cliff Café.
It is a 10 min walk from Folkestone bus station to the start. Leave the bus station and walk towards Burger King on Bouverie Place. Walk along Bouverie Place towards The Leas. You will pass the pedestrianised shopping area on your left. Continue onto West Terrace until you reach the war memorial on the roundabout. Cross onto The Leas. You will be at the Step Short Arch at one end of The Leas. Turn right and head towards the Leas Cliff Cafe.
When you arrive at the Café with the sea in front of you, the start is to the right at the end of the railings past the Café commercial bins.

Getting there by road

By car the postcode is CT20 2DZ. The Leas is a one way street. There is metered parking on many of the roads leading to the start and no free parking. There is cheaper parking in Sandgate Road, which runs parallel to The Leas, including a car park below the Leas Cliff Hall and Café.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Leas Cliff Café - please come and join us!