The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Great Lines Heritage Park, Gillingham. The course is run on a mixture of granite resin paths, gravel paths and grass. 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 Great Lines parkrun, Medway 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.
  • 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Great Lines parkrun, Medway 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

The course is at Great Lines Heritage Park, Brompton Road, Gillingham. The course begins with a lap of the football field before joining the path to the Chatham Naval Memorial. A loop of the Memorial brings the runner back to the path and a return to the football field.

This is completed twice. The course is a combination of granite resin, gravel and grass.

Facilities

Café and toilets are available at Medway Park Sports Centre, across the road from the park.

Parking: There is limited free parking in Marlborough Road up to 2 hours, but there are several pay and display car parks in Medway Park and Gillingham town centre which are within a convenient walking distance of the start. Please note that parking in the adjacent residential areas is limited to residents only

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in the north east corner of the Great Lines Heritage Park, 100m from to the entrance in Brompton Road, opposite the Medway Park sports centre.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Route 101 (Maidstone to Gillingham Bus Station via Chatham), Route 182 (Chatham to Twydall) and the “Loop” service (Hempstead Valley to Chatham) all stop adjacent to the start in Brompton Road.
Route 177 (Walderslade to Hazlemere Drive via Canterbury Street) is a 5 minute walk from the start. The nearest bus stop is next to St Mark’s Church in Canterbury Street.

Train: The nearest train station is Gillingham (Kent), which is a 10 minute walk from the start. Trains from Victoria to Ramsgate and Dover Priory (via Faversham) and from Charing Cross service via Gravesend terminates at Gillingham.
The High Speed Service “HS” from St Pancras International to Ramsgate (via Gravesend) all stop at Gillingham. From the east, all trains from Ramsgate and Dover Priory via Faversham stop at Gillingham, including HS services.

Getting there on foot

The park is an open park and can be accessed by foot from numerous directions. In addition to the main approach from the north, the park is accessible from the south via the various footpaths close to Chatham town centre and near Fort Amherst.

Getting there by road

Please consider car-sharing when possible.

For those travelling from London, the best route is from the A289. Leave the A2 at Strood and exit the A289 at the Gillingham Gate traffic lights after leaving the Medway tunnel (signposted as Brompton, B2004). Proceed to the A231 and turn left. After 400m, Medway Park Sports Centre is on the left and Great Lines Heritage park is on the right.

For those travelling from the coast, leave the M2 at junction 4. Use the A278/A2/A289. Exit the A289 at the Gillingham Gate traffic lights by the police station (signposted as Brompton, B2004). Proceed to the A231 and turn left. After 400m, Medway Park Sports Centre is on the left and Great Lines Heritage Park is on the right.

For those travelling from the south, follow the A229/A230 to Chatham and then follow the A231 towards Gillingham. Medway Park Sports Centre is on the left and Great Lines Heritage Park is on the right.

Parking: There is limited free parking in Marlborough Road up to 2 hours, but there are several pay and display car parks in Medway Park and Gillingham town centre which are within a convenient walking distance of the start. Please note that parking in the adjacent residential areas is limited to residents only.

For satellite navigation systems, the post code for the adjacent Medway Park Sports Centre is ME7 1HF.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Falcon café, Marlborough Rd, Gillingham - please come and join us!