The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Hoblingwell Wood Recreation Ground, Orpington. The course is run on a mixture of grass, trail and permanent 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

Hoblingwell 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.
  • 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 Hoblingwell 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

Two laps on a mixture of grass, trail, and permanent paths around sports-fields and through woodland. The start and finish are close the clubhouse car park.


Toilets are available in the clubhouse.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts close the clubhouse car park.

Getting there by public transport

Train: The nearest railway station is St Mary Cray which is 0.8 miles on foot or best bus routes to use are R11 and B14. Petts Wood station is about 2 miles on foot by the most direct route or use bus route 273.
Bus: Nearby bus stops are: Chipperfield Road (bus routes R11, B14; Ravenscourt Road bus stops B/R); Leesons Hill (bus routes R1, 273; Leesons Primary bus stops X/T); and Sevenoaks Way (bus route 51; Station Approach bus stops SC/R)

Getting there on foot

From St Mary Cray station: Turn left on the station footbridge towards Sayes Court Road. Head right, past bus stop SA along Chipperfield Road. Turn left up Leesons Hill and then right at the roundabout, onto Chipperfield Road.
From Sevenoaks Way (bus stops SC/R): Head up Leesons Hill and turn right at the roundabout onto Chipperfield Road.
From Leesons Hill (Leesons Primary bus stops X/T): Head down Leesons Hill to the roundabout and turn left onto Chipperfield Road.
From Chipperfield Road (Ravenscourt Road bus stops B/R): Turn left onto Petersham Drive and either cross the sports fields or turn right onto Leesons Way towards the Clubhouse.
From Cotmandene car park (Cotmandene Crescent bus stops H/Q): Head South along Chipperfield Road and either cross the sports fields or turn right onto Petersham Drive.
From St Paul’s Wood Hill (St Peter & St Paul Primary, bus stops DM/DG): Follow the asphalt path in a south-easterly direction through Hoblingwell Wood, turning left onto Leesons Way.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is BR5 2QB. (GPS coordinates: 51.401930, 0.098833).

From the A20: Exit the A20 at Crittal’s Corner roundabout and exit onto Sevenoaks Way/A224. Turn right onto Midfield Way. Turn left onto Chipperfield Road. Turn right onto Petersham Drive.
From the M25: Exit the M25 at junction 4, towards Orpington. At Hewitts Roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Court Road/Orpington bypass/A224. Turn left onto Leesons Hill. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Chipperfield Road. Turn left onto Petersham Drive.
From Petts Wood: Head north on Chislehurst Road/A208. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Leesons Hill. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Chipperfield. Turn left onto Petersham Drive…
From Chislehurst: Head south-east on St Paul’s Cray Road/A208. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Leesons Hill. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Chipperfield. Turn left onto Petersham Drive...
From Petersham Drive: Turn right onto Leesons Way.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Orpington Rugby Football Club’s clubhouse - please come and join us!