The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course starts and finishes on the tow-path adjacent to the Hawker Center, and is run entirely on a hard surface (tow path) with a short part of the course on 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.
The Kingston 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.
- 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.
We hope these tips help to ensure that Kingston parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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
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The start of the Kingston parkrun is on the towpath behind the Hawker centre inline with the end of the chainlink fence. It then follows the upper cycle path to Teddington lock. At the lock you run under the footbridge and continue on the towpath pass Thames Young Mariners and continue until you see a marshal who will direct you onto a small loop on Hamlands ( this will be marshalled/marked or both). This will bring you back out onto the towpath at Thames Young Mariners. From there you follow the outward route back to the Hawker centre and the finish is just off the path in line with the second gate into the centre. Nearest postcode KT2 5BH Well done, enjoy and be safe
Location of start
On the Thames Towpath next to the Hawker Centre, KT2 5BH.
Getting there by public transport
Buses between Kingston and Richmond run along the Richmond Road and stop near the Hawker Centre.
The District Line runs to Richmond. Very frequent overground trains run to Richmond and Kingston.
If required, consult Transport for London.
Getting there on foot
Walk from Richmond Road into the Hawker Centre grounds, go past the Centre buildings and through their gate (open at 8.00am) onto the Thames towpath. The Event Start is 20m from that gate.
You can walk to the Event Start along the Thames towpath from the junction with Lower Ham Road to the south, or from the footbridge at Teddington Lock to the north.
Getting there by road
There is ample free parking at the Hawker Centre.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Hawker Center. On presentation of your parkrun barcode you will receive a 15% discount from your bill - please come and join us.