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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 at Newbiggin Promenade, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, grass and sand . 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

Newbiggin-by-the-Sea 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.
  • 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.
  • There is a beach ban for dogs between 1st May through to 30th September. Dogs will only be allowed to partake in the months outside this ban.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Newbiggin-by-the-Sea 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

A 2 lap course around the Bay, Promenade and Milburn Park area's of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. Predominantly tarmac paths with a few short sections of grass and sand.

The event starts on the Prom near the Horseshoe steps and heads north to the Sailing Club. From the Sailing club turn 180 degrees and head south along the length of the Prom. You will then bear right at the end of the Prom and do a clockwise loop around Milburn Park (old tennis courts). Leaving Milburn Park head along Beach Terrace and then down the first tarmac ramp and back onto the Prom. Head back to the sailing club then turn and do another lap. The finish is on the Prom beside the Old Ship.

There is a 500 metre section where there is 2 way traffic of parkrunners on the Promenade.


There are now public toilets adjoining the new Town Council Office on Front Street.
Participants are also welcome to use the toilets within Caffe Bertorelli.

There is a children's playpark next to the Maritime Centre.

Getting There

Location of start

The event on the Prom near the Horseshoe steps.

Getting there by public transport

Arriva X21 runs from Newcastle Haymarket to Newbiggin (Cresswell Arms stop) via Bedlington, Stakeford and Ashington

Arriva 35 runs from Morpeth Bus Station to Newbiggin via Pegswood, North Seaton and Ashington

Getting there on foot

The Promenade is visible to the south of the Maritime Centre car park and it is a very short walk to the start area.

The Promenade is only a few metres to the south of Front Street and can be accessed via the Town Square or several public footpaths. Once on the Promenade bear left for the Maritime Centre and start area.

Getting there by road

For Sat Navs use postcode NE64 6DB

Free parking is available at the car park next to Newbiggin Maritime Centre, NE64 6BD.

Other car parks are located at: Wilkie Terrace NE64 6AA, New King Street NE64 6BD, New Queen Street NE64 6DF, and there is a large car park at Newbiggin Leisure Centre NE64 6HG.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Café Bertorelli - please come and join us!