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The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at The Cliff, Seaton Carew, Hartlepool. The course is run entirely on paved 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

Hartlepool 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 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.
  • 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 Hartlepool 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

The course starts on The Cliff, opposite The Green, Seaton Carew, TS25 1AR and goes north along the promenade towards Hartlepool Marina and Maritime Way, on to the skeleton pier and turns at 1.82 miles (2.95km) which is just after the first set of steps on the right.
The course then goes back down the promenade for 1.25 miles ( (just before the restaurants), and turns right off the promenade onto a public footpath/cycle path.
The finish line is near the end of footpath before reaching Coronation Drive.


Car parking is available along Coronation Drive, The Cliff, The Front, and at the Toilet Block on Coronation Drive. Parking charges apply from April until October at £1.00 for two hours. From beginning of November until end of March, there are no parking charges.
There are a limited number of free parking spaces behind Hornsey’s and Surfside Restaurants, and in some residential areas. Please check for Residential Parking Permit Holders Only signs especially around The Green. Please also be considerate to the local residents and do not block driveways, park on pavements. You are not permitted to park on the open green spaces.

Toilet facilities are available at Seaton Carew Bus Station and at the Toilet Block on Coronation Drive.

There are a selection of cafes, bars and restaurants in Seaton Carew along with mobile coffee vans. Surfside Fish Bar and Restaurant, Hornsey’s and the Open Jar are situated at the finish area and do a selection of teas, coffees, snacks and other refreshments with outdoor seating areas.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on The Cliff, opposite The Green, Seaton Carew, TS25 1AR.

Getting there by public transport

The nearest train station is Seaton Carew. Hartlepool train station is approximately 2 miles away from the start. For train times please visit

Stagecoach Bus number 1 runs through Seaton Carew. Time table can be found at

Getting there on foot

From Seaton Carew train station: Head onto Station Lane (opposite Sainsbury’s Local), turn right and walk down Station Lane until you get to the sea front - junction of Station Lane, The Cliff and The Front. Cross over the road at the pedestrian crossing, walk onto the promenade (past Larry’s Crazy Golf), turn left and walk up towards the Seaton Green and The Norton Hotel.

Getting there by road

If using SAT NAV, the postcode is TS25 1AR.

Follow the A689 into Hartlepool to the large round about at Tesco Extra/McDonald’s. Turn down Burn Road and continue until the end of the road. Turn left onto Mainsforth Terrace and at next junction, turn right and go over the Newburn Bridge, onto Coronation Drive (A178). Follow Coronation Drive for approximately one mile.
Parking is available along Coronation Drive, behind Hornsey’s and Surfside Restaurants, and in some residential areas. See "Facilities" section above for further information.

Alternatively, take the A689 for Hartlepool. At the Owton Lodge roundabout, turn onto Seaton Lane (B1276), continue across the roundabout, past Seaton train station where the road becomes Station Lane. At the end of Station Lane, turn left onto The Cliff and you will see the start area on the promenade.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in one of the selection of cafes, bars and restaurants in Seaton Carew - please come and join us!