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.
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:
We hope these tips help to ensure that Great Lines parkrun, Medway is fun and safe for everyone.
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.
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
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.
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.