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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Hunstanton North Promenade, Hunstanton. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths (with the winter course all being on tarmac 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

The Hunstanton 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.
  • 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 lymediseaseuk.com 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 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Hunstanton 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 simple out and back route, of two loops. The course starts near the Sailing Club opposite Hunstanton Kayaks on the North Prom and heads down along the promenade approximately 1.25km to the slip-way where the route turns back. The turning point for the first loop is opposite the sailing club. Repeat this loop again. We ask participants to keep right at all times and to take care when overtaking. The finish will be opposite Hunstanton Kayaks. Marshals will be at the turning points for the two loops.

Facilities

The sailing club is a community resource located on the north promenade near the cliffs. It has various facilities including toilets and changing facilities. Public toilets are also located nearby on the Pier green.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts near the Sailing Club opposite Hunstanton Kayaks on the North Prom.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Regular buses (numbers 34/35/36) from King’s Lynn bus station to Hunstanton via local villages of Dersingham and Snettisham and take approx. 55 minutes. They run approx. every 30 minutes with the no 34 bus leaving King’s Lynn on a Saturday morning at 7:45am and arriving in Hunstanton at 8:41am.

The Coastliner (no36) bus also runs from Wells-next-to-Sea to Hunstanton with a bus leaving Wells at 7:35am and arriving at 8:35am. For up to date information please visit the Lynx Bus website.

Getting there on foot

From the bus station it's a 5-minute walk. Turning left out of the bus station, walk towards the Green with Golden Lion hotel to your right. Cross the road onto the Green and then again cross onto North Promenade slip road which goes downhill onto the prom (the Heritage Gardens are to your right with the Green to your left). Turn right at the bottom into the car park and the sailing club is on your immediate right.

Getting there by road

Hunstanton is a traditional seaside town located in North West Norfolk and is approximately a 25-minute (16 miles) drive from King’s Lynn on the A149; and a 25-30-minute (19 miles) drive from Fakenham on the B1454 and A148 and then a further 50 minutes (35 miles) from the city of Norwich (A1270 and A1067). North of Hunstanton the A149 leads to Wells-Next-The-Sea which is approximately 30 minutes and 17 miles from Hunstanton.

Hunstanton Sailing Club is a short 5-minute walk from the centre/High Street and either on-street or pay car parking. A good landmark is the amusement arcade on the Green. The parkrun postcode is PE36 6GB although as it is a relatively new postcode your satnav may not recognise this. If so, please use PE36 6BQ. Hunstanton has numerous pay and display car parks within a short walking distance of the sailing club. Full details can be located at the West Norfolk Council's website.

Please note that we request that in order to keep the immediate area close to the start and finish clear/accessible to all, participants do not park at the North Prom/Esplanade Gardens car park unless they have specific mobility/additional needs.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Hunstanton Sailing Club and Water Sports Centre - please come and join us!