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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. 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

The Maldon Prom 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 Maldon Prom 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

The course starts in the amphitheatre by the wildlife lake with one full loop of the lake, it turns right at the cafes and passes the Information Centre. It follows the path east, passing between the splash park and the skate park and towards the boating lake where it turns right and follows the edge of the 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 the wildlife lake. It follows around the lake anti-clockwise on the lower path, through the amphitheatre and back up to the Information point where it continues with a second lap. Coming out of the second lap around the wildlife lake the course ends by heading right, back onto the main path towards the main gate, and finishes 150 metres along the main path.

Facilities

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 in the amphitheatre by the wildlife 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!