The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The event starts in the green space adjacent to the River Thames, at the boundary between Kingston and Richmond, 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.

Course Safety

Kingston 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • 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 Kingston 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

The event starts in the green space between Burnell Road and the River Thames, at the boundary between Kingston and Richmond. The first 500m of the course is on grass and then onto the upper cycle path to Teddington lock with the river on your left. At the lock you run under the footbridge and continue on the towpath, pass Thames Young Mariners. Keep left and continue until you see a marshal at the half way point, who will direct you onto a small loop within 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 with the river on your right. Continue past the starting area and run for approximately 300m and the finish funnel is just off the path. The finish is close to the main car park. Nearest postcode KT2 5BH. Well done, enjoy and be safe.

Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed at this event.


Getting There

Location of start

The event starts in the green space between Burnell Road and the River Thames, at the boundary between Kingston and Richmond.

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 currently limited car parking at the Hawker centre due to it being utilised as a COVID test site. Athletes are requested to avoid parking in the Hawker Centre car park while the test centre is in place and use other forms of transport where possible.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Hawker Centre YMCA - please come and join us.