The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in The Walks, King's Lynn. 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 King's Lynn 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 King's Lynn 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


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Course Description

The course is 3 and a bit laps covering the majority of The Walks park. Starting in the North-East corner of the park, near to the wooden statues of parents carrying children and the level-crossing. Proceed along the wide path past the playground and cafe both on the left. Take the first major turning left up towards and then past the "Red-Mount". Upon reaching the Gannock Arches, turn right along the long promenade and turn 180 degrees upon reaching the last lamp-post. Back to the Arches and this time continue through and over the bridge. Ignore the two minor turnings leading to the bandstand, taking instead the third turning after the bridge which leads diagonally across the park back past the wooden statues and back to the start. Upon completing three laps continue past the playground and cafe and funnel off to the left finishing between the trees.

Facilities

Parking: There is free on street parking to the south and east of the walks. Use postcode PE30 5QX to get there. Runners will need to be considerate of the local residents when they park. The Spar car park on Tennyson Road is for Spar customers only, please don't use it for parkrun.
See also the local pay and display information. The nearest multi-story car park is St James (pay on foot) multi-storey.

Getting There

Location of start

We start in the North-East corner of the park - near to the wooden statues of parents carrying children and the level-crossing

Getting there by public transport

The Walks is situated next to King's Lynn railway station and is a five minute walk form King's Lynn bus station.

Getting there on foot

St Johns Walk is part of Sustrans Cycle route 1. The Walks can be accessed by many entrances: off Tennyson Avenue past the level crossing as well as just before the football ground; from London Road opposite the library and beside the railway station on Blackfriars Road.

Getting there by road

Use postcode PE30 5QX for Windsor Terrace, or PE30 1BT for St James multi-storey parking.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the cafe within The Walks park - please come and join us!