The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. It's run in Goddington Park, off Goddington Lane, Orpington and run on a mixture of grass and gravel track. 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 Orpington 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.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or 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 also 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.
  • 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Orpington 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

Starting from the pavilion head back towards the car park. Bear right around the garage onto the path. Head down hill avoiding the bollards. At the end of the path turn right at the roundabout staying on the path. Head towards the trees to right of the playpark. Cautiously follow the tree line up hill avoiding roots. Turn right at the end. Following more trees, turn left into the rugby pitch. Head around the perimeter returning to the pavilion. Repeat.
On the third lap do not enter the rugby pitch. Head straight ahead to the finish line.

Facilities

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts from the pavilion at Goddington Park.

Getting there by public transport

Train

Train station is Orpington railway station. From there, either walk the 1.6 miles or get a bus.

Bus

Catch any bus to the High Street, then take the R9 to Avalon Road, walk down Berrylands Road and into park via childrens play area.

Getting there on foot

Travel along the Orpington Bypass (Court Road, A224). Turn into Goddington Lane on the opposite side of the road from the Volvo garage. Continue down this lane and in to the car park straight ahead of you

Getting there by road

From the M25: At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Court Rd/A224. After 1.6 miles turn right on to Goddington Lane (brown sign for the rugby club). Continue down this lane and in to the car park which is straight ahead of you.

From Orpington War Memorial, travel up Spur Road A232 for half a mile, then turn right at the lights on to Court Road A224. After half a mile turn left in to Goddington Lane (brown sign for rugby club - which is opposite the Volvo garage). Continue down this lane and in to the car park which is straight ahead of you.

Postcode for satnav: BR6 9DH

Post Run Coffee

Every week we enjoy refreshments from Orpington Football clubs cafe in the pavilion - please come and join us.