The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Maldon Promenade Park, Essex. The course is run on a mixture of 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

Maldon Prom 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.
  • 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 for further details.
  • You are welcome to take part with one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • 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 Maldon Prom 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 course starts by Rossi’s cafe above Marine Lake, it heads toward the main gates of The Prom, then turns left just before the main gates on to the events field and alongside the coach park, then turns left again, down Remembrance Way, turning right at the end to pass Red Rock.

It follows the path east, passing between the splash park and the skate park towards the boating lake where it turns right and follows the edge of the wooded field in an anti-clockwise direction. On exiting the field it heads out on the promontory towards the statue of Brythnoth, turns at the last bench and returns along the seawall to Marine Lake. It follows around the lake anti-clockwise on the lower path, through the amphitheatre and back up to Red Rock where it continues with a second lap.

Coming out of the second lap after Marine Lake the course ends by heading right, back onto the main path towards the main gate, and finishes 200 metres along the main path.


The promenade park in Maldon is a popular spot for runners and provides beautiful views across the estuary including the classic view of the church on the return from the Brythnoth statue. There are lots of things to keep non-running children occupied, such as the boating/crabbing lake, pirate ship and splash park and there are basic showers available allowing families to stay in the park after their run. Only a short walk from the high street too.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts by Rossi’s cafe above Marine Lake.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: From Chelmsford Bus 31/31X (via Danbury) stop at All Saints Church (1k from Start) or 73 (via Hatfield Peverel) stop at White Horse (1k from Start).

Getting there on foot

Enter the park by the main, gated entrance on Park Drive and the Start point should be visible in the grassy area to the right. There is no official cycle parking however there are always lots of people around.

Getting there by road

From A12 northbound take J18, A414 via Danbury, turn right at Morrisons roundabout and left up Fambridge Road. There is pay and display parking in the park, by the main entrance on Park Drive or from Mill Road. If you wish to stay for more than 1 hour there is cheaper parking at Butt Lane car park and at the council offices on Princes Road, both approximately 600m to the main park entrance.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the café by the wildlife lake, or in summer maybe an ice-cream from the café by the start/finish - please come and join us!