The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Hadleigh Country Park, Hadleigh. The course is run on a mixture of trail 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

Hadleigh parkrun, Essex 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.
  • 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 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 Hadleigh parkrun, Essex 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

An undulating one lap course through the beautiful Hadleigh park with stunning views across the Thames Estuary. We follow the trail path downhill on the 2012 Olympic mountain bike trail, before turning right through a narrow green gate. The trail path continues and at the 2.5K mark, the path turns downhill and back in the direction from which we came. The route continues along the path for a further 1K before taking a sharp left turn through a gate and into the field, where we run up the hill across the grass. As we go through the gate out of the field, we turn right, re-joining the trail path and back towards the start.
(We have plenty of direction arrows and marshals out on the course)
Our start line is a short walk to the left, over the cattle grid behind the Hub café.


Large car-park, with plenty of spaces, £1.50 per hour, pay on exit. (Volunteers free) Disabled access.
Season ticket available, please ask RD for details.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on Chapel lane.

Getting there by public transport

Bus routes 21, 26, 27 and 28 stop closest to the event on the London Rd in Hadleigh, a short 500m walk to the start. The closest train station is Benfleet, approximately 2 miles from the start.

Getting there on foot

The start and Hub is located on Chapel lane, if arriving by bus, turn left down Chapel Lane, continuing straight following signs for the Country Park. The start is accessed across a cattle grid and will be plainly visible.

Getting there by road

Postcode for Sat-nav SS7 2PP. A few minutes’ drive from A127 (Rayleigh Weir exit,) or A13 following the brown country park signs along the A129 towards Hadleigh.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Hub café - please come and join us!