The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Foots Cray Meadows, Sidcup. The course is run entirely on 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

Foots Cray Meadows 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 lymediseaseuk.com 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 Foots Cray Meadows 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

We currently use two routes, depending on course conditions, as some areas of the Meadows become waterlogged after heavy rain.
Please be aware that the start points are in different locations and to look out for news items or social media for which course is being used. Please note we do not allow spikes to be worn at Foots Cray Meadows parkrun.

Regular course
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Taking in the sights of Foots Cray Meadows, this course starts at the children’s playground and heads out for a dual loop of fields on the north side of the River Cray. This allows participants to see the famous Five arches bridge and the All Saints Church as well as some hidden gems that the Meadows have to offer. The course is predominately off-road so some sections may accumulate mud and puddles after rain.

Alternative Course
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Starting on the South side of the River Cray by Bexley Allotments the course runs a lap and a half of the two fields then heads off up the main path over Five Arches bridge then goes left up the gravel path all the way to the ‘Friends of Foots Cray’ Hut before returning down the same path and along the top end of the fields and down the side of the allotments to the finish.

The course is approx. 2/3rds gravel path (can flood in winter) and 1/3rd off-road

Facilities

Kelsey’s Farm have toilets, showers (£1 for 10 mins) café, free parking and a farm shop. There is also a camping and caravan site. A children’s play area is located by the start/finish area.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the children’s playground.

Getting there by public transport

Buses: 229 or 269 from Bexleyheath or Sidcup: Bus stops on Hurst Road at Valentine Avenue. Follow the Ave and cross the railway bridge at the end onto Longmead Drive. Turn left and then turn right onto Betterton Drive which you follow through into the meadows and to the start area. Walk distance is half a mile.
233 or 492 from Sidcup or Swanley: Bus stops at Rectory Lane, walk down Rectory Lane and enter the meadows by the width restrictions. Follow the river down to the start. Walk distance 1 mile.
B14 from Bexleyheath or Orpington: Bus stops on Kimberley Drive, walk down Maylands Drive, turn right onto Riverside Road and follow the alley before Royal Park Primary School into the meadows. The start will be on your left. Walk distance is less than half a mile.

Train: Nearest station: Albany Park. This is a half mile walk via Longmead and Betterton Drive as above.

Getting there on foot

The meadows cover a wide 3-mile area and there are many entrances from all sides. From the south and west follow directions in the Public Transport description. Travelling from the north (Bexley) and east, you would follow the North Cray Road to Water Lane.

Regular Course: With Kelsey Farm on your right follow the lane to the end and turn right through the gate along the cray. After 100 metres, cross the bridge and you will see the play park ahead. The start is just alongside this. What3words ? cans.jobs.invent

Alternative Course: With Kelsey Farm on your right follow the lane to the end take the bridle path, do not go through the gate. After approx. 400 metres you will see the allotments to your left, the start is in the next field on the left. What3words - sting.shine.jokes

Getting there by road

From the A2 take the Black Prince exit (for Bexleyheath) and follow signs for Bexley Village. At the mini roundabout turn left under the railway bridge, then at the next roundabout take the second exit and onto the North Cray Road. Follow this as far as the u-turn sign for Loring Hall and Kelsey’s Farm Shop, where you should make a u-turn and look to bear off onto Water Lane on the left by the White Cross pub. Kelsey’s Farm Shop is on the left.
From the A20 at Crittalls Corner take Cray Road following signs for Old Bexley, this leads to from the roundabout onto Edgington Way to the next roundabout. Take the 2nd exit here onto the North Cray Road. After a mile, take a slight left onto Water Lane by the White Cross pub, following signs to Kelsey’s Farm Shop.
If using SATNAV, use the postcode DA14 5ET for Kelsey’s Farm Shop. The parking is a 10 minute walk from the start. Please note all parking for the event must be at Kelsey’s Farm, North Cray Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 5ET.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Kelsey’s Farm Café - please come and join us!