The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. 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

The Folkestone 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 Folkestone 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


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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.

Facilities

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!