The course is 5000m (5K) long. 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.
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:
We hope these tips help to ensure that Preston Park parkrun, Brighton is fun and safe for everyone.
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.
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.
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 www.buses.co.uk.
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.