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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 Preston Park, Brighton. The course is run entirely on tarmac 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 Preston Park parkrun, Brighton 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 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 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 Preston Park parkrun, Brighton 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

The course is smooth tarmac, mainly flat with one short uphill followed by a longer more gentle descent.

Lap 1 is an L shape starting on a wide downhill path and turning left to the southern tip of the park where a U turn is made, returning to the start line. From here 2 P shaped clockwise laps gently descend past the café, continue to the U turn point and up the short rise to the start line. After the second P shaped lap there is a further 200m to finish close to the café.


Parking: There is free parking inside the park until 2pm and limited free parking on Preston Drove and on the roads to the north. Parking is £1 per hour on Preston Park Avenue to the east.

Please do not park on the hill that goes down to the start unless you have a blue badge.

Cafe: There are 2 cafes within the park. The Chalet Cafe is close to the finish. The Rotunda Cafe is also available in the Rose garden at the south end of the park.

Other: The park is very popular with local people with a number of football pitches and a children’s playground. It is the venue for community events, the start of Brighton Marathon and the city’s Gay Pride festival.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts towards the north of the park between Preston Manor and the Chalet Café.

Getting there by public transport

Train: The nearest train station is Preston Park station, which is approximately 5 mins jog away. Other nearby stations are London Road (10 mins jog), or Brighton (15 mins jog).

Bus: Buses 5,5A,5B pass close by and any bus to Preston Circus or the Open Market are within 10 minutes jog. See

Getting there on foot

The park is next to the A23 London Road approximately 1 mile inland from the seafront.

Getting there by road

From the north, west or east (A23 or A27) follow the A23 towards the centre of Brighton. At the traffic lights after the Preston Park Hotel, turn left into Preston Drove and then after 250m right immediately before the first road on the right through the gates into the park.

For Sat Nav BN1 6LA is close to the vehicle entrance to the park.

Post Run Coffee

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