The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Seaside Road, Hastings. The course is run entirely on tarmac 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

The Hastings 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.
  • 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.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to human’s through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Hastings 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

Normal Course description
Starting 25m from the shelter on seaside road, opposite grosvenor gardens. Runners head in an easterly anti clockwise direction keeping to the walk section of the prom markings for 1km. Then run down the slope onto the lower prom, skirting the front of the azur restaurant, through bottle alley, up the slope to the pier entrance. Continue to the turn around area at the seats 100m beyond pier entrance. Turn around and keeping to the right hand side of the footpath, run past the pier entrance and back to the start line keeping to the footpath marked part of the prom. The course is extremely flat with only one turn to negotiate, making it a fast course.

Winter Route Course description - alternative (for when shingle has covered the lower path)
Starting 25m from the shelter on seaside road, opposite grosvenor gardens. Runners head in an easterly anti-clockwise direction keeping to the walk (right hand) section of the promenade markings. After 1km run up a short ramp before the azur restaurant, continuing along the top promenade until reaching the halfway point 160m beyond the entrance to hastings pier. Turn around and return the same way, again keeping to the footpath marked part of the prom. Be aware of bottlenecks either side of the azur (at 1km and 4kms) and also near warrior square gardens (at 1.75kms and 3.25kms). This is an extremely flat course with only one turn to negotiate, making it a fast course in favourable weather conditions.

Facilities

Free car parking in Grosvenor Place, Seaside Road and Sea Road. Toilets are at the far end of Grosvenor Gardens/West Marina Gardens about 200m from the start.
Afterwards very welcome in the 'Bo Peep' cafe and bar which is just across the main road from the start.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts 25m from the shelter on Seaside Road, opposite Grosvenor Gardens.

Getting there by public transport

Hastings train station, is in Havelock Road 2.2 miles from the start. Follow the signs for the seafront/pier and head west until you get to Grosvenor park. St. Leonards Warrior Square station in Kings Road, St. Leonards is 1.50 miles away; West St. Leonards station in St. Vincents Road, St.Leonards is 0.30 miles away.
From Hastings train station the 98 and 99 buses leave every 15 minutes and stop across the road from the start.

Please see the following transport websites for details: National Rail Enquiries website, 1066 Online website and the Stagecoach website

Getting there on foot

The parkrun start/finish at Grosvenor Gardens, St. Leonards a 35-40 mins walk from Hastings Town Centre along the seafront. Its a 25 mins walk from St. Leonards, Warrior Square station, via Kings Road, London Road and the seafront; and 5mins walk from West St. Leonards station via St. Vincents Road, West Hill Road and crossing A259 Bexhill Road into Grosvenor Gardens/West Marina. Grosvenor gardens is opposite.

Getting there by road

From the M20 take junction 10 towards Ashford. Follow the signs for Brenzett A2070, then the A259 towards Hastings, through Rye, Winchelsea and Guestling. Continue on the A259 seafront road until you see the 'Bo Peep' pub on your right. Turn Left into Grosvenor Gardens and left again into Seaside Road.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Bo Peep Pub - please come and join us!