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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Great Yarmouth North Beach, Great Yarmouth. The course is run on a mixture of shingle and sand. 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 Yarmouth North Beach 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.
  • 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 a dog, but please keep the dog on a short lead or short harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
  • Unfortunately this course is not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs unless designed for sand.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Great Yarmouth North Beach 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

Course Description

The course is two and-a-bit laps clockwise all on sand/shingle. The Dunes have an abundance of wildlife and fauna some of which is protected. We are not permitted to run through the centre of the dunes nor upon the narrow promenade. Keep on the marked sandy paths passing all arrow markers on your right to circumnavigate the dunes. Please stick to the beach and not run in the sea at the waters edge.

Starting on the beach near the southern end of the unique and beautiful Great Yarmouth Waterways. From the start, turn right at the slipway by The Beach Hut Cafe for 300m east towards the sea. Turn right for 500m south to the end of Britannia Pier. Turn right for 150m west towards land and right again going north along the sandy path adjacent to the promenade for 900m. At the 2nd slipway turn right for 150m east towards the sea. Turn right for 600m south completing lap 1 at the marshal point. Onwards for a second lap before turning right at that marshal point for 100m west to the finish in front of the slipway. Please keep the course route clear for those embarking on their lap 2.

Unfortunately this course is not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs unless designed for sand.

Facilities

  • There are public toilets facilities near Euston Road car park at NR30 2DL. The start area is approximately 10-minutes walk from here.
  • There is a wide choice of cafes, hotels, shopping, amusements and restaurants in close proximity to the start/finish.
  • There are three AEDs close to the start/finish area. The Beach Hut Café, The Furzedown Hotel and Smudgers Bar, Great Yarmouth Football Club, Sandown Road NR30 1EY.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on the beach near the southern end of the Great Yarmouth Waterways.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: By X1 or X11 bus to Market Gates, Great Yarmouth North Beach is approximately 14-minutes walk. Local service routes stop at North Denes Road, Great Yarmouth North Beach is approximately 7-minutes walk.

Train: The nearest train station is Great Yarmouth. From here, head east towards seafront, Great Yarmouth North Beach is approximately 21-minutes walk.

Getting there on foot

  • Walk towards the seafront and face the North Sea.
  • From South Denes and the central turn left.
  • From Caister-on-Sea, North Denes and the racecourse turn right.
  • If you are travelling by bike please visit the Great Yarmouth Borough Council website for a cycle map of the region.

Getting there by road

Use Satnav Postcode NR30 1EQ.

A47 to Great Yarmouth and head to the seafront. Great Yarmouth North Beach is north from Britannia Pier.

From A149 head to the Racecourse in Jellicoe Road then onwards to the seafront. Great Yarmouth North Beach is south from the Iron Duke Public House.

There is metered roadside parking around NR30 1EQ or nearest seafront car park is Euston Road, NR30 1ED. The start area is approximately 8-minutes walk from here. Charges vary and are seasonal.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Furzedown Hotel, 19-20 North Drive, Great Yarmouth, NR30 4EN or the Beach Hut, Kiosk 4 esplanade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 1EQ (seasonal) - please come and join us!