The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Centenary Park, Peacehaven. The course is run on a mixture of wide pea shingle path 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

Peacehaven 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.
  • 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 Peacehaven 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 three lap anti-clockwise course starting just east of the café. The first lap is slightly longer than the final two. The route starts on the path for approximately 150 metres before heading up a grass incline which follows the outline of the park, before returning for a short distance back to the path. There is then a descent onto the grass heading west along the top perimeter of the park for approx 200 metres, after which the route rejoins the pathway for the remainder of the lap. Laps two and three are slightly shorter as they do not take the grass incline, but proceed directly to the grass descent.


Toilets are situated on the South side of the café, with a disabled access toilet actually in the café.
Car parking is free, but shared with the café and the football club, but if full there is plenty of free on street parking nearby, but please park considerately so as not to annoy our neighbours.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts just east of the café.

Getting there by public transport

Take a number 12 bus towards Peacehaven, which runs roughly every 20 minutes from either direction on Saturday mornings (more information can be obtained from the Brighton and Hove website at Exit the bus at either the Slindon Avenue or Gladys Avenue bus stops on the A259. From there walk North along Piddinghoe Avenue (roughly 10 minute walk).
The nearest railway station is at Newhaven Town, approx. two miles away (and is served by the number 12 bus).

Getting there on foot

The Big Park (Centenary Park) is easily accessible from any direction within Peacehaven, from the North access can be by any of the pathways leading from C.R Allen garage opposite the Glynn Road turning off Pelham Rise. From the East and West walk along Arundel Road until you reach Piddinghoe Avenue then turn North towards the café. From the South head North from the A259 along Piddinghoe Avenue until you reach the café.

Getting there by road

Whether approaching Peacehaven from the East or West, follow the A259 to Piddinghoe Avenue (sign posted The Big Park / The Gateway Café) head north along Piddinghoe Avenue over the mini roundabout on Arundel Road continuing along Piddinghoe Avenue until you reach the car park.
For Sat Nav purposes the nearest postcode is BN10 8RJ.

Post Run Coffee

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