All parkrun events in this country are currently suspended due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). For further details please see here

The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Lowestoft Promenade, Lowestoft. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, concrete paths and firm gravel 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 Lowestoft 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 Lowestoft 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

Our course on the Lowestoft Seafront is best described as a “one and three quarter lap”, 5k route run on tarmac, concrete and firm gravel. The course is mainly flat although the biggest challenge comes in the form of an uphill slope (CEFAS Hill) that needs to be accomplished twice.

The route is marshalled throughout the course at all events, and our wonderful volunteers will cheer you on every step of the way.

The Start Line is situated opposite the East Point Pavilion, along the Lowestoft Promenade. There are toilet facilities here costing 20p to access.
The Finish Line is situated within the gardens of the Royal Wellington Esplanade.

From the start line you will travel south passing the Claremont Pier and branch off left to the lower promenade, passing lots of Beach Huts, participants will continue on and towards the hill that leads up to CEFAS Laboratory/upper promenade. Once this has been completed you will then travel in a northerly direction along the upper promenade passing Kensington Gardens and the Hotel Victoria before proceeding on towards the Claremont Pier and then branching off left into the gardens of the Royal Wellington Esplanade and completing a near rectangular circuit of this space before exiting at the middle point, turning left and then immediately right, and re-joining the previous lap (hence why we say one and three quarter laps) and going back around again, passing the Claremont Pier, beach huts and towards the CEFAS Hill…

Towards the very end of the route each participant will proceed to the finish line rather than exiting the gardens at the middle point.
The finish line is situated within the gardens of the Royal Wellington Esplanade and will be clearly marked with cones and flags. After crossing the finish line all participants will head towards the scanning area at the Claremont Pier/Nemo’s restaurant. Whilst our route has the same uphill challenging slope (twice) it’s widely regarded to be a fast course.

Facilities

There are no changing facilities at this event.

Refreshments: Our designated cafe “Nemo’s” situated at the Claremont Pier opens from 9am.

Toilet facilities: There are various along the sea front and are usually opened around 8am. They can be found at one of the following:
East Point Pavilion - North end of the promenade although there is a small charge for this at ten pence per visit.
Kensington Gardens and Kensington Park.
Lower promenade, near to the South Lowestoft Lifeguard station.
There are also toilet facilities at our post event cafe Nemo’s although they can only be accessed after 9am.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts opposite the East Point Pavilion, along the Lowestoft Promenade.

Getting there by public transport

Bus information can be found on the First Group website.

Train timetables can be found on the Abellio Greater Anglia website.

Getting there on foot

From Lowestoft Bus Station, walk east towards London Road North turning right at the 02 mobile telephone store.
Walk directly through Lowestoft Town Centre passing the following: BHS, Marks and Spencer, Barclays Bank, Natwest Bank, McDonalds, Joseph Conrad.
Do not cross at the traffic lights for Lowestoft Train Station.
Cross at the second set of traffic lights heading south towards the Bascule Bridge.
Keep Left on the Bascule Bridge and bear Left at the Harbour Bar and Restaurant.
Keep Left heading up Marine Parade.
Turn Left at Passion nightclub, this taking you onto Lowestoft Promenade.
The Start line for Lowestoft parkrun will now be in sight.

Getting there by road

If using a SATNAV the nearest postcode is: NR33 0BS

To avoid getting lost please follow all traffic signs towards Lowestoft Seafront which is situated on the SOUTHSIDE of the Bascule Bridge.

Nearby landmarks include: Asda, The East Point Pavilion, The Claremont Pier and KFC.

You can either “pay and display” for an hour at the large Claremont Pier car park, or the small car park that is approximately 100 metres further up on Cliff Road, or park for a maximum of one hour, free of charge, along Marine Parade or London Road South.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Nemo’s Restaurant, Claremont Pier - please come and join us!