The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Hove Lawns, Kingsway, Brighton & Hove. 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 Hove Promenade 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 Hove Promenade 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 a flat run, entirely on tarmac, encompassing two laps of the promenade parallel to the shingle beach and Hove Lawns between the Peace Statue (marking the boundary between Brighton and Hove) and King's Esplanade near Medina Villas, Hove. The start and finish point is close to The Lawns Café on Hove Lawns.

The course is on tarmac but there may be a covering of pebbles following inclement weather due to the close proximity to the beach. Therefore, occasionally there may be Saturdays where it is deemed unsuitable to run from a health and safety perspective. Please keep a close eye on our news pages and/or Facebook page for updates.

Facilities

Public toilets are located on the promenade, close to the Café.

There is a children's playground next to Alfresco Bar and Restaurant (our main sponsor) just a brief walk from the most easterly point of the course opposite the skeleton of West Pier adjacent to the beach.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts close to The Lawns Café on Hove Lawns.

Getting there by public transport

Buses 1, 1A, 2, 2A, 5, 5A, 5B, 6, 21, 25, 49, 60 & 700 all serve Western Road, five minutes walk north of Hove Lawns. See the Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company website for further details.
The nearest train station is Hove which is approximately 1 mile away. Brighton Train Station is approximately 1.5 miles away.

Getting there on foot

The promenade is approximately 15 minutes walk (west) from the Brighton (Palace) Pier and 10 minutes walk from Hove Town Hall.

Getting there by road

There is often significant traffic congestion on the roads in this vicinity, parking is notoriously expensive and traffic wardens are ever vigilant so we try to discourage driving to this event.

From the north/east/west, the promenade is located on the main seafront parallel to Kingsway (A259) near the Brighton/Hove border. The Lawns Café as well as the start/finish point are located on the promenade between the beach and Hove Lawns opposite the intersection with Kingsway and First Avenue.

For Sat Nav users, BN3 2FR is the postcode for the Lawns Café.

There is disabled parking and limited pay and display parking along Kingsway (the A259 road that runs parallel to the seafront) plus there are car parks at Regency Square (BN1 2FG), King Alfred Leisure Centre (BN3 2WW) and Norton Road Car Park opposite Hove Town Hall (BN3 3BE) all of which are approximately 10 minutes walk away from the start/finish point. Further parking information, including up-to-date tariffs, can be found on the Brighton & Hove City Council website.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at The Lawns Café, Hove Lawns (directly opposite intersection with Kingsway and First Avenue). Please note, this venue has outdoor seating only - please come and join us!