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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Leybourne Lakes Country Park, Malling Road, Larkfield. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and 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 Malling 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 Malling 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

This is a 2 lap clockwise course round the beautiful main lake, taking in the sights of other lakes en route.
The run starts just past the watersports centre near the main car park. You run in a clockwise direction on the main path around the lake, keeping the lake to your right at all times and taking the right hand fork at any junction on the path. You finish just before the start area at the end of your second lap. The course is run on a flat gravel path which does not get muddy. We may need to cancel if the path floods or if there is an event in the park. Please check the website's homepage for any cancellation notices.

Facilities

There are toilets near the car park.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts just past the watersports centre near the main car park.

Getting there by public transport

Arriva Bus '71' from Maidstone stops near Tesco's regularly which is approximately 1 mile way.

Nearest train stations are New Hythe and Snodland, both within 2 miles.

Getting there on foot

The country park is well sign posted from the road and there are many foot paths into the park from around the lake.

Getting there by road

From M20 - exit at junction 4 and follow signs for A228 North towards Rochester/Snodland/New Hythe. Continue straight ahead at the traffic lights. At the next roundabout take forth exit (sign posted country park).

From M2 - exit at junction 2 and follow signs for A228 South towards M20/West Malling/Cuxton/Snodland. Continue straight ahead at first, second and third roundabouts. At the forth roundabout, take the first exit (sign posted country park).

The post code for sat nav users is ME6 5LB. This will direct you close to the roundabout at the entrance of the country park.

Please note the car park is pay and display and costs £1.20 for 4 hours except for TMBC country parks season ticket holders.

There are 63 spaces in the main car park with 4 disabled bays. There is an overflow car park with an additional 65 spaces. There is a height restriction of 2 metres (6ft 6).

If both car parks are full the nearest alternative parking is at the Tesco Superstore located on Leybourne Way (ME20 6RJ) which is approximately 5 minutes away - exit the country park and take first exit on the roundabout south towards the M20. At the first set of traffic lights turn left along Leybourne Way passing through a further two sets of lights with Tesco then on the right hand side. There is footpath access into the country park at multiple points along Leybourne Way.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the event where we offer complimentary tea/coffee/hot chocolate - please come and join us!